OPINION -- It is so easy to be
thankful. As I write this column, I am warm and I
have never been hungry. I have electricity and
indoor plumbing. Certainly all my needs have been
met over and over and I thank God for His endless
blessings this Thanksgiving.
While some of the younger generation cannot
even fathom what I have said, there are still a
few million left who do. It is good to reflect on
some of the blessings we take for granted. At the
same time we need to pray and be thankful for the
troops who are fighting to defend these blessings
One of our greatest blessings is water. It is
a miraculous resource God has provided which we
should be most grateful. And it is a renewable
resource . . . it rains.
Two-thirds of the earths surface is made
of water. Between 60 to 75% of our body is made
of water. All forms of life require water.
Without water, we would have no food. The
Scriptures are filled with illustrations of
We bathe, wash our clothes, our dishes, even
our cars and enjoy water sports. Water is used
for physical therapy. We are blessed when we have
an adequate supply of water.
Rural water has changed the landscape of the
countryside as new homes are springing up
everywhere. No worry about drilling a dry well as
rural water will provide their needs and what was
once thought to be worthless land is now most
valuable. While complaints are heard of people
building on this rural land, economic development
programs and rural water encourage more building.
While we take for granted the abundance of
water, try to imagine what life would be like if
the government had total control of our water. Go
another step and research Global Commons, Agenda
21 and Sustainable Development and their goals
for water management.
Water has always been the measure of a good
farm. A good drinking well adequate to water the
livestock and irrigate the crops has often meant
the difference between success and failure. A
creek branch where the livestock can drink
without having to pump water into a trough is an
invaluable resource for a family farm, even
though today we use electric pumps.
Owning ones own water supply is
a freedom and right we have always enjoyed in the
United States. But this freedom is now being
threatened along with the private ownership of
Owners of private wells in Missouri may have
already lost another freedom.
According to a property rights organization in
HB 1433 was
signed into law by their governor and will
set into motion the formation of Watershed
Improvement Districts. This
bill was passed into law without discussion
from anyone who might disagree with it. It
enables volume monitoring (metering) of
individual wells, mandatory replacing of
individual septic systems (financed by low
interest loans), and an increase of taxes to
residents within the district.
Missouri is not alone in wanting to meter
private wells. Pennsylvania, Washington,
California and other states are trying to pass
legislation for well metering.
Why are they implementing this? Is it about
collecting more money or could control be the
main purpose? Who is behind this move?
It takes water to raise food. By
controlling the water and food supply, could this
be another way to control the masses? In
some areas, rainfall is adequate to grow fruits,
vegetables and grain, but there is talk of a
"rain tax." The Asheville Tribune's
2002 article "The 'raintax' cometh? Be
prepared to pay the government for the rain on
your roof," caused quite a stir.
The folks of Klamath Falls, Oregon will never
fully recover from the year the government shut
off their irrigation water to benefit two
supposedly endangered species of fish. Devastated
Klamath farmers said "When the last salmon
is gone there will be no more salmon. When the
last farmer is gone, there will be no more
food." Without an adequate water
supply, there will be no farmers to grow the food
and the result will be hunger.
Foreign countries such as France and Germany
already own many of our large municipal water
supplies. Germany owns the American Water Works
that provides rural water to our area. They
provide water for a large municipal Metro-East
portion of Illinois as well as municipal water
works in 23 states. Do they own yours?
Meters on private wells and rain tax could
take away one of our most cherished gifts from
God -- free, flowing water. But those who know
Him know about His living water and they shall
Although Global dictates have the plan for
metering and monitoring private water supplies,
now is the time to be watchful and prevent such
legislation from becoming law in your state or it
will be, "Welcome to becoming a Global
Citizen - come share your Global Commons."
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Morrison lives in southern Illinois. She
is a chapter leader for Concerned
for America and she and her husband,
Gary, represent the local Citizens for
Private Property Rights. Joyce is
Secretary to the Board of Directors of
Rural Restoration/ADOPT Mission, a
national farm ministry located in
She has become a
nationally-recognized advocate for