Valley farmers want water not handout

02/15/2014 1:02 PM

02/17/2014 12:13 PM

Re "Obama gets look at drought's toll" (Page A1, Feb. 15): So President Barack Obama visits the Central Valley on his way to a golf course and says global warming is cause for the lack of water for our farmers.

He must have forgotten he vetoed a water bill that would have diverted more water to the Central Valley farmers. Since the 1960s, California has had the infrastructure to store water to alleviate drought, but thanks to a federal judge we have been forced to flush water to the ocean.

Our farmers don't want handouts. They want water. Yet our senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, have dithered for years without a viable solution.

-- Dave Hanson, Carmichael

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