GUEST BLOGGER: John R. Hamada, DC, LAcFormer Trenton resident and business owner
I ask the people of Trenton to consider the greater significance of selling off the suburban part of their water system resource. I ask that you look beyond arguments of a one time sale helping balance the City budget, or keeping it as it is one of the few revenue producing resources the City has left. The April 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine is dedicated to the resource of water on our planet, and in the article they explain that by the year 2025, 1.8 billion people will live where water is scarce. Water is becoming the new oil, except that we are finding alternatives to oil; but there are no alternatives to water - for drinking, washing, cooking, transportation, etc. in our lives.
The City of Trenton cannot solve the big picture of the dwindling availability of clean water around the world, but we can keep ourselves in a position of much better leverage when that day does arrive. He who has the water resource will be king. The people from New Jersey American Water Company know this and it is part of why their parent company, American Water, and they continues to gather water resources all over the US, as well as recent ownership of the Thames Water Company of England. They are smart business people. I suggest that the good people of Trenton also consider doing good business, and not waste away this valuable resource of their future.