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Everyone shares in the blame for failures of the water district

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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 12:00 am

This is regarding the Record article on June 23 concerning the San Joaquin County Grand Jury Report on the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District being on the "brink of failure" because of its former leadership.

Exactly what former management do you mean? The NSJWCD has been in existence for over 50 years, and during that time has seen its share of dereliction and neglect, political manipulation and conflicts of interest.

It is disingenuous and wrong to try and lay the blame for the district's long-term woes on Bryan Pilkington, Hugh Scanlon and Marden Wilbur. There have been many contributors to NSJWCD's ills over the years — selfish agendas, political manipulation and self-aggrandizement by some, and certainly public apathy and citizen neglect to boot.

There is plenty of blame to go around and plenty of places to lay it and a lot of finger pointing. But when we are pointing our fingers at the other guy, there are always three more fingers pointing back at us.

There is a side of this story that isn't being told by the Grand Jury Report and Record article, and it's the side of long-term sins of "commission and omission," and we are all guilty for the good we didn't do.

William Van Amber Fields


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