Farming is a business. And any competent farmer will make an assessment of risk before implementing his or her farming plan. The last time there was water in the arid parts of the Central Valley was more than a million years ago. Surely those farmers knew that when they decided to farm in a desert.
Now these farmers want taxpayers to bail them out of their business mistakes by pouring billions of dollars into tunnels to keep those mistakes wet. These short-sighted corporate decisions reaped short-term profits, but now, like other businesses that cannot support themselves, they should dry up and go away. Farming in a desert is risky business, and it seems radically inappropriate to ask taxpayers to bail out private businesses that should have known what they were doing.
-- Charles R. McCormick, Stockton