I read with interest your article of Oct. 24, about the water war in Warren and West Warren. I fully agree that all water rights should be legally and equitably managed. In frontier times stealing water was cause for "lead poisoning." I am glad that society is more "civilized" today on this matter.
What stood out to me though in this article was the comment by Randy Marriott who said "I don't like things that are not right, not correct. I'm honest with people and like things to be fair."
Which leaves me to ask the following regarding Mr. Marriott. If such is the case, why does he buy up good fertile farm land and systematically strip it of all the top soil before subdividing it and selling the lots to the future home owners? He offers to sell the soil back to them by the yard. That is far from right, correct or fair. While it may be legal in today's business environment, at best it is fully unethical. Moreover why doesn't he remove the weeds from your ever-overgrown properties that are located in Plain City (and throughout the county)? (Must be because it's less expensive for to pay the paltry fines than it is to pay or their upkeep).
Mr. Marriott's actions most aptly and consistently contradict his words about doing what is "right," "correct" or "fair." It is clear that main concern regarding the water rights, (or land) is for his own personal profit. So until he is ready to walk his talk, he should please spare all of us the facade of righteous indignation. If he had stripped the land 150 years ago like he does today, he'd find himself at the knotted end of a rope hanging from one of the weed trees that grow on his overgrown properties.