Once again, Eric Caine cites a problem and fails to offer a solution ("Best way to preserve our farmland is not to build on it," April 16, Page B-7). He is hellbent to see that "prime farmland" is not paved over while he overlooks the reasons for wanting to develop land for commercial and residential use. Builders don't pour concrete just to watch it flow; people from the Rust Belt and snow country are abandoning their homesteads by the droves to enjoy sunnier climes, and they want homes and stores.
The state forecasts that Patterson will have a population of 150,000 by 2050. Yes, California has wonderful farmland; so does Kansas. Would anyone suggest that Santa Clara County eject Google and convert the land back to cherry orchards? Los Angeles County traded its orange groves to generate the 15th-largest gross domestic product in the world.
Is it my house or yours? I would be happy to live in a high-rise on J Street, except that there are no high- rises on J Street.