"This situation stinks like a dead smelt."
Author: Brandon Middleton
But the 3-inch-long smelts, which nobody eats and which have no commercial value, are not really the issue. They are just a pretext for the federal bureaucrats and their academic and environmental allies to attack a water system they blame for all the woes of the delta. Together they have been managing the decline of that estuary for decades, and as one of the attorneys in the most recent case quipped, "No other experts need apply." Their objective, according to one of the academic high priests of the smelt cult, is to persuade people to get over our addiction to water. Where is the outrage at this sort of arrogance and idiocy?
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