Someone asked the panel if there was an impediment to cooperation about water across state lines. Aaron Ament correctly answered the controversy over the Hawkins Development. He said after it was resolved one way or the other, he hoped we could sit down together and discuss plans for preserving our water.
Whitman County Commissioner Michael Largent stated that newspaper comments by elected officials on both sides was counterproductive. He said that while we are different in some ways and that our needs are different, we have more in common. Both sides of the border need water.
I'd like to believe that, but we are rivals and have been for a long time. There can be room for cooperation, and there should be, but not when economic jealousy enters into the equation, and especially not when politics is introduced. Cooperation between jurisdictions has to be at a very generic level, and it is simply never going to work when a true believer like Queen Nancy tries to impose his/her personal political beliefs upon a neighbor.
That's it. We're done.