That’s a little like going into marriage believing that disagreement between the two parties will eventually prevail, and that parting will be the result. Divorce statistics seem to confirm that members of recent generations operate on this premise more than older generations did. Perhaps it is natural that such an attitude is transferred to the world beyond marriage, to the workplace and perceptions about it.

Whatever the reason, the water rally reporter’s assumption about farm worker and farmer viewpoints was wrong. Workers need a healthy, water dependent agriculture just as much as farmers do. It goes without saying that consumers need the same balance.

Setting the world or nation straight on the union-management equation is not the purpose of this column, today or in subsequent editions. But it doesn’t take a special social planner to see that a constant arbitrary attitude between major factors of the economy and social fabric will graduate to a permanent sour and unproductive spirit. Maybe it has already done so.

It didn’t take this column to recognize it. The writer for public radio who covered the water rally probably grew up with it.  His further growth as a cooperative and contributing member of society might be stymied by it.


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