Tuesday, June 27, 2017


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Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has turned his fire on the fast-rising Sen. Marco Rubio–and now, he’s sent him a special delivery: a case of “Trump Ice Natural Spring Water,” with Trump’s face on the labels.

The “care package” also included a personal note from Trump to Rubio: “Since you’re always sweating, we thought you could use some water. Enjoy!”

The package also included two towels emblazoned with Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again”–apparently, to help with Rubio’s alleged sweating problem that Trump has made one of his favorite attacks on the Florida Senator.

Trump had previously poked fun at Rubio for his sweating when he was talking about the heat from the stage lights at the second Republican debate in September.

“Marco Rubio, I’ve never seen anybody sweat like that and you know a lot of these guys are serious sweaters, frankly but it was extremely hot in the room and extremely uncomfortable,” Trump had said.

(The head of the RNC’s debate later admitted that the air-conditioning wasn’t adequate for the size of the event and the orientation of the stage, which was elevated above the .)

And last week, Trump told a crowd about Rubio, “I’ve never seen a young guy sweat that much. He’s drinking water, water, water. I never saw anything like this with him with the water.”

Rubio responded to the previous criticism by calling Trump a “very touchy and insecure guy.”

Trump, who remains on top of the polls but has seen his strong lead narrow a bit in recent weeks, hasn’t been afraid to attack up-and-coming rivals–and his latest attacks on Rubio are no different.

Rubio has not yet commented publicly on the “gift.” But Trump’s team explained that the care package was merely meant as a lighthearted joke.

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When he is not managing the beverage company he works for, Jason Story relaxes by working in his home garden – tilling the soil, weeding the earth and growing vegetables like beets and spinach for the dinner table.

And to water his Denver, Colorado garden, Story bought a barrel to collect rain running out through the downspout of his house gutter system. Colorado has been dealing with a water shortage and he thought it would be a good way to water his garden without drawing it from the municipal water system.

He was wrong.

Under Western water rules where his home sits, raindrops belong to the government and using a barrel to collect water for his garden is tantamount to stealing making him a scofflaw subject to daily fines that could bankrupt him if they are assessed and collected.

In fact, Colorado’s water rules are stricter than those of California – a state that’s experiencing its worst drought in decades. California, which is arguably the nation’s fruit and vegetable basket, fields are browning under a merciless sun as depleted reservoirs across the region try to meet the water needs of both agriculture and personal use.

Moreover, while California is trying to limit private water use with moratoriums on watering lawns, filling swimming pools and serving water without asking at restaurants, Colorado has taken a much harder stand. Under Colorado law, regulators can impose a fine of $500 a day to anyone caught diverting rainwater for personal use.

When legislators tried to change the law to allow homeowners to harvest the rain that falls on their lands last spring, entrenched rules that allocate Western water to those who have first claim to it got in the way.

Doug Kenney, director of the Western Water Policy Program at the University of Colorado Law School says:

“Water allocation doesn’t satisfy most people’s norms of fairness…” “A lot of people are clearly surprised to see that it’s a system where some people will get 100 percent of their water, and others will get zero.”

In Colorado, the rain barrel idea had bipartisan support and would have allowed homeowners to buy two 55-gallon water tanks and collect up to 650 gallons every year – the amount an average American uses in a week.

But irrigation officials and politicians representing ranchers on the state’s eastern plains saw the proposal as a threat to property rights and the water principles written into the State Constitution.

State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg called water collection “stealing” and voted against the rain barrel idea when it came up in the state Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee he leads.

“You might say, it’s a little bit of water, just a barrelful, how much damage could that do to someone downstream?” “If it’s just a little bit, why wouldn’t we allow everyone go to into 7-Eleven and take just one bottle of water, just a little bit?”

Based on this reasoning, millions of gallons of water could be pulled out of the system if the entire state caught rain-barrel fever.

Regardless of Mr. Story’s minimal request to collect rainwater falling on his property, Colorado’s Constitution and years of legal precedent have established that the hierarchy of water stems from when a farmer, public agency, company or other user draws water from the system.

Just because water flows across a person’s property – be it a river or a trickle of rainwater – does not mean the person owns it, water officials said.


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