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People Write to balidiscovery.com about Bali's Water Crisis, Eliminating Plastic Bags, Immigration and Coordinated Development.

(7/5/2010) [Bali's Coming Desert Storm] our report on Bali's worsening water shortage and the suspension of new well licenses in South Bali:

•Persuaded Greg Woodbury to write:

"Aside from the small annoyance of having to walk my bicycle through the wet areas to avoid a spray of mud up my back, it has always surprised me to see so much water wasted spraying down the roads and sidewalks every day around Bali. I've been told it's done to keep the dust down, but does that last more than a few minutes, until the water evaporates? Growing up in northern California, I remember having to collect water in buckets in the shower to use to flush the toilet during a couple of dry years, and we weren't even allowed to water our gardens! But here, unlike there, the reservoirs are not easily filled again during the rains. There seems to be a need for more public awareness of the growing water problem in Bali. Kudos for focusing attention on it."

[Paper or Cloth?] relating how Bali's governor will compel large supermarkets to use paper or cloth carry out bags, eliminating the now ubiquitous plastic bags:

• From Australia, Pamela Burt wrote:

"In Australia most shoppers have switched to cloth and take their shopping bags to store with them. We always bring some in Bali and use them and then leave for staff who appreciates them."

• Monte Monfore, the Bali-based distance swimmer, environmentalist and humanitarian had this to say:

""As an avid swimmer, surfer, diver, snorkeler, and ocean lover - I applaud this plastic bag replacement initiative. Your writing "Governor Made Mangku Pastika said he 'hoped' this new policy would also be 'adopted' by all of Bali's municipalities and regencies leaves me skeptical. This would be a good step forward in solving Bali's horrendous plastic bottle and bag nightmare. Let's hope it comes to fruition."

• Charlotte, writing from Indonesia, said:

"A bravo for our Governor Pastika!"

[A Stamp and a Chop] with details of an alleged assault by an immigration official on a Chinese tour guide in Jakarta while en route with a group to Bali brought several emails to our inbox:

• Barry Acott said :

"These immigration officials are giving Indonesia a bad name which consequently reflects on the rest of the community."

• While, Howard Elliot mused:

"I have several times flown from Australia to Bali, traveled through Java and then flown home from Jakarta and often been asked for a tip by the immigration officer in Jakarta... I just laughed and told him 'impossible' each time. Maybe I should be more careful next time?

[Keeping Bali's Infrastructure Development Coordinated] our editorial showing the linkage between various infrastructure projects in Bali:

• Wouter van der Sluis had this to say:

"My compliments by drawing the interrelations of these three problems so clearly and admitting that solutions are not easy to find."