From the CCIPRA report of November 26, 2013, about a Cochise County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.
i, Liza Weissler, current chair of the
Commission, said two silly things; listen at
-- about the Santa Cruz River: "Have you looked
at the Santa Cruz lately? There's no
cottonwoods sucking up water in the Santa Cruz.
There's no water in the Santa Cruz." But, go to
and see trees and sometimes water. Maybe Liza
meant "There are lots of cottonwoods sucking up
water in the Santa Cruz, and there's water
whenever the water plant releases it."
-- about pushing Sierra Vista water rules into
rural areas: "We're not telling people they
must use less [water], we're telling -- we're
making it possible for them to use less." So
Liza thinks rural people CAN'T conserve unless
Sierra Vista ORDERS them to? Sounds like 1984's
"Freedom Is Slavery." Does Liza think that
rural areas are full of peasants ready to chant
"Regulieren Sie uns, uns frei machen!"
ii, Robert Weissler, Liza's husband, assumed
that expanding Sierra Vista water rules was
good, and attacked the motives of everyone who
disagrees: "While there are some who cite
freedom from overregulation as their reason not
to adopt these measures, it sounds like an
excuse for incautious use of our precious water
resources.... Do citizens of Cochise County
really believe in liberal uses of water without
concern for excessive withdrawals from our
aquifers? ... Is reckless or mindless use of
water even socially acceptable? ... Is
ignorance an excuse?" Listen:
I've never met a rural homeowner who was
incautious, reckless, mindless, or ignorant
about water. I think we're all very concerned
about water use, because we use [our] own well,
and worry that the pump will fail or the water
table will drop. I can't imagine what audience
Weissler's remarks were aimed at.