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Court's an expensive way to resolve conflict

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Referencing the interesting article ("Defending pumping," Oct. 18) by Peter Johnson, there's an important lesson that no one seems to be heeding.

The lesson is: Courts and lawyers are a very, very expensive way to resolve conflicts (I practiced law for 35 years). It is absurd that folks do not sit down (perhaps with advice from lawyers) and try to reach logical agreements instead. Note the millions of dollars spent on the current conflict in the Paso Robles basin. That money will substantially decrease the welfare of the citizens there, thanks to the lack of rational insight of the government operatives who fail to see the benefits of logic and negotiated agreements (or simply don't care, because they're spending "other people's" money).

John Goodrich

San Luis Obispo

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