Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003

Headlines I never expect to see:

Property Taxes Cut In Half
Ricci Ware Adopts Tutu Clothing Style

Integrity Committee Recommends Free Beer
Mexico Transfers Water to Texas
Flying Pigs in Lipstick Buzz Tower at SAT

This morning one of those headlines is actually in the newspaper. And I can hardly wait to see Ricci today. No, that headline is still imaginary and is guaranteed to be until frost forms atop the roaring fires of, uh, Heck.

The real headline is about Mexico finally making a small downpayment on its huge, old water debt. They owe us more than one-and-a-half-million acre feet of Rio Grande water; since October they have released about 200-thousand. That isn’t much, but it’ll at least help our Rio Grande Valley friends a little.

While Mexico has hoarded water, expanded water-intensive crops and poormouthed to the USA, our growers’ fields have looked like something out of the 1930s Dust Bowl— and the US has done very little to pressure the Mexicans. That’s underlined by the measley release of only 13-percent of the water they owe us.

However, 13 is a lot more than zero. In all this grey, foggy, damp and gloomy weather, I have been hard up to find anything to feel smileyfaced and fuzzy about— so I’ll happily take this Mexican water release.

It is hugely preferable to seeing Ricci in a tutu, which would damage my mind.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

San Antonio Express-News 1/30/2003
"Mexico transfers water to Texas"

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