A PROPER RESPONSE: In life, fools dare to dream about perfect solutions. So maybe Sen. Jon Kyl is one. In achieving the Tohono O’odham Settlement Agreement, Sen. Kyl has at last resolved the water rights claims of the San Xavier and Schuk Toak Districts of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Such resolution over these thorny riparian issues will allow mining companies, farmers, and irrigation districts can continue to receive water without fear that they will be stopped by needless litigation.
Those of us who've been following the issue since the 2003 hearings recognize that the Southern Arizona Water Rights Settlement Act of 1982 had yet to be fully implemented; now, thankfully, these matters are resolved for both them and the people of Tucson. It's a lot better solution than rescinding the Gadsden Purchase and starting from scratch, I hope.