President Obama, thank you for visiting the San Joaquin Valley and addressing the drought issues facing everyone in California. I know that you are sincere in your words and commitment to our farmers and residents, but I feel that more could be done.
The right thing is to allow California to take the money earmarked for high-speed rail and build desalination plants. These plants will provide millions of gallons of water to residents and farmers. Remember: Valley farmers provide a great deal of food that is sold throughout the country. A move in this direction would provide thousands of jobs in California and help to keep our food prices in check. Desalination can be expensive, but with current technology, it can be operated at an affordable cost.
Don't get me wrong, I believe in high-speed rail, and I voted for it. For me, it boils down to this: We need high-speed rail, but we don't have to have it. We don't need water, we have to have it.