Watch heated arguments between Modesto Irrigation District board members Larry Byrd and John Mensinger

Modesto Irrigation District board members Larry Byrd and John Mensinger argue at the Modesto Irrigation District meeting on January 24, 2019.
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Modesto Irrigation District board members Larry Byrd and John Mensinger argue at the Modesto Irrigation District meeting on January 24, 2019.

Garth Stapley is The Modesto Bee’s Opinions page editor. Before this assignment, he worked 25 years as a Bee reporter, covering local government agencies and the high-profile murder case of Scott and Laci Peterson.