Of course, bottled water is comparatively expensive, has to be delivered from some place with uncontaminated sources, and is- or can be, deliberately or otherwise -- limited in supply. People who have no drinking water have no property values, and no liberty, beyond the freedom to cut and run. The fact that there are no longer any fish to catch in their rivers is the least of their worries. That this is the norm in so many nations of the modern world- and an ugly norm it is- seems completely lost on many American citizens and on their leaders as well, who seem to be bound together in a self-destructive rush to replicate the water pollution disasters of China, India, the Philippines, here in our own country. The Elk River spill is particularly sad, because it is a tributary of the Kanawha River, which was almost dead before the advent of the Clean Water Act, but experienced a big turnaround.