My, the Bee editors have shown a bit of pique because the president has failed to honor our valley with his presence ("California is just the president's ATM," April 5). Obama prefers the lush Santa Clara Valley to the more pedestrian San Joaquin. How could that be? Let's take a look.
He "picked the pockets" of wealthy Californians. It makes little sense to pick the pockets of paupers. He needs to pay attention to irrigating valley agriculture. Not a problem; give cheap water to millionaire farmers. Levees need rebuilding. Global warming, rising water. What's the point? Modesto will be an island in 50 years.
He hopes to retake a majority in the House. If he does not lead this charge, I will lead the impeachment rally.
If you want any sitting president to visit, you must give him-her a reason and a way to get here. Perhaps an interstate, an airport with flights to anywhere; a high-speed rail station.
Sixty years ago the citizens of Santa Clara County ripped up the cherry trees and planted landscaping around high-tech industrial parks. They built first-class medical centers, research universities and attracted venture capitalists. Today, they look askance at the labor force choking the freeways between their mortgaged valley homes and their coastal workplaces.
A hundred years ago, Teddy Roosevelt traversed Modesto on his way to Yosemite. That's the best we'll get out of any president until we give him-her a reason to stop.