All the ben­e­fits of a canal and a fence

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Now that the Panama Canal has been re­turned to the con­trol of the Panama gov­ern­ment and prob­a­bly the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, it is time for the United States gov­ern­ment to con­sider the con­struc­tion of a five-milewide water­way be­tween the U.S. and Mex­ico, from the Gulf of Mex­ico to the Pa­cific Ocean.

Thou­sands of jobs would be pro­vided dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the water­way and mil­lions of jobs af­ter the water­way’s com­ple­tion.

Af­ter the com­ple­tion of the water­way, mil­lions of jobs would be avail­able in the ship­ping, fish­ing and tourist in­dus­tries, while ho­tels and restau­rants could be built along beau­ti­ful beaches on both sides of the water­way.

De­sali­na­tion plants could be built on both sides of the water­way not only to pro­vide drink­ing wa­ter but also wa­ter for agri­cul­ture.

De­sali­na­tion plants would have pre­vented the drought that af­fected Texas in re­cent years and if Delaware would have had de­sali­na­tion plants nearby it might not have suf­fered the drought that de­stroyed crops in that state.

The water­way would also be a de­ter­rent to the il­le­gal aliens at­tempt­ing to en­ter the United States.

The Panama Canal is an out­dated water­way that has out­lived its use­ful­ness. Richard J. Lit­tle St. Ge­orge, Utah

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