I thoroughly agree with those persons who have written letters on two important matters that will both impact Lodi, although in different ways.
I have already spoken to Mayor Johnson about leaving Farmers and Merchants Bank to do business with Bank of the West or other financial institutions. F&M has proved itself to be a solid and growing institution which has served Lodi for 60 years. Why leave a good thing for a more unknown quantity just because the cost is a bit cheaper? As I said in my invocation the other night, what is expedient (even financially) is not always right.
The idea of covering up productive farmland on Harney Lane or anywhere else with concrete and asphalt for the sake of one big institution and a bunch more small stores is irresponsible and unproductive. Here again, expediently, the construction will provide jobs and some city income for the moment, but what then? How many empty lots are there already in the city? How many empty business places, including whole buildings, which have never been occupied?
Already, there is talk of stocking up on foodstuffs against future calamities of some sort. The severe storms, fires, droughts and other extreme disasters in the world will sooner or later affect all of us here. We will need all the arable land we can get. Some populations in the world are already starving or are (North Korea) predicted to do so soon.
We need to think more broadly and more responsibly about what we do. We are part of a vastly changing world, unfortunately not for the better, and we all need to wake up and see what's going on beyond our city's boundaries and act as responsibly as we can within those boundaries.
Gwinnett Mitchell Paden