For Labor Day, Good News From The Lodi, CA. Vineyards— Plenty of Workers (and Machines) For This Year`s Grape Harvest
rule is to write about what you know.
that simple logic, and readers will value your opinions. Ignore
it, and you will soon be
exposed as a fool.
Tamar Jacoby, [email
her] Washington, D.C.-based
Manhattan Institute senior writing fellow. Wherever on
the Earth Jacoby may live, she is surrounded by cement:
federal buildings, malls and the Metro. The only thing
Jacoby knows about fruit is that her favorite
ethnic grocery store sells stone-hard peaches and mealy
- VDARE.COM Letters Editor
Joe Guzzardi, based in California`s
San Joaquin County, the planet`s agricultural capital.
Within a three-mile radius of
Guzzardi`s house are strawberry and corn fields,
vineyards and peach and cherry orchards.
toot my own horn—but who, between Jacoby and me, is more
California and farm labor?
latest Los Angeles Times column
California Without A Mexican, dissected by Brenda Walker
in her blog
here, is a great example of how ill-advised she is to opine
on subjects about which she knows nothing.
noted, Jacoby doesn`t live in California so her credibility is
immediately suspect. And the only
Mexicans she knows are her fellow traitors at
La Raza. Jacoby is certainly not having cocktails with field
sentence from her LA Times column offers positive proof
that Jacoby is clueless:
“The crisis peaks every year in August and September, and the
photos start showing up in the newspapers: piles of
rotting pears, strawberry plants choked by weeds, unpicked
cucumbers grown to monstrous sizes and
melons oozing in the fields.”
Even though we are right now in the
“crisis” period of “August
I haven`t seen any such photos. Living in the
San Joaquin Valley where agriculture is key to our economy,
you can be sure I would have if they exist.
But what`s really fascinating is that the
strawberry season ends in May and pears haven`t really
started yet. Being
asked to photograph “rotting pears“ or “strawberry
plants choked by weeds”
in early September would be quite a challenge.
Jacoby needs a fact checker. Maybe she should call
Simply put, nothing is rotting save perhaps,
a tomato in someone`s backyard vegetable patch.
Here, on the other hand, is what`s going on.
In Lodi, the grape harvest has begun. The Lodi
News-Sentinel published a story about its first days. [
Harvest Begins, By Chris Nichols, Lodi News-Sentinel,
August 24, 2007]
The story, with a slide show, details at length how
between now and November, the grapes will be picked. Featured
are the vineyards` two owners, Ben Kolber and Kris Gutierrez and
a crew of
Pakistani immigrants (legally in the U.S., one assumes) who
will man the two tractors, the harvester and the gondola bins
that collect the grapes.
The work is hard, to be sure. But people
already in the U.S. do it—no need for any guest worker
programs. One of the pickers, Asif Khan, has been in the U.S.
for ten years and spoke in English to the News-Sentinel
The comments posted on the story`s Internet version
(scroll all the way down) are insightful, also.
Of most interest are these observations from “T
“Great job, men. Hard work reaps great benefits, not
like those growers who use
illegal (workers) and paid under the table help year after
year to prune, weed and harvest their grapes and other crops.
Some `good` farmers even keep $2 an hour of their underpaid
field hands wages for themselves just for providing that job
opportunity to them to make their life `better`. There`s no
hand-pick wine grapes anymore, except for the self profit of
the greedy ones.”
What do you think about
that, Tamar Jacoby?
If Jacoby performed due
diligence in her
immigration pieces, a practice that I suggest she institute,
she would discover that we`re doing just fine in California,
thank you very much, without any more guest workers.
Even allowing that Jacoby was
writing for the
Los Angeles Times,
her column breaks all the rules for credible journalism.
Jacoby`s language reflects
speculation. Hard facts that many publications, but not the
Times, usually consider essential are found nowhere.
Check it out for yourself.
government is demanding that unauthorized employees be fired
and threatening legal action if they aren`t. This is
expected to trigger widespread layoffs…”
- Better enforcement “will wreak havoc…”
illegal immigration continue, “that could drive
fruit and vegetable farming out of the United States,
putting California`s $30-billion-a-year industry at risk.”
“Agriculture would be just the beginning…”
industries that would fail if immigration laws are enforced.
concludes with this knee-slapper:
“[I]magine California `without
[Jacoby`s reference to an unfunny, box office bust, comedy
that I reviewed
here] a year or two from now: crumbling roads,
understaffed hospitals, unbuilt classrooms and more.”
Earth to Tamar Jacoby! Earth
to Tamar Jacoby! Come in please!
- California already has crumbling
roads because the state spends so much money on social
services to aliens that it can`t afford infrastructure
hospitals are understaffed because personnel can`t be
hired quickly enough to keep up with the illegal aliens
medical treatment for anything from a runny nose to a
illegal alien children (and children
born to their alien mothers) have come to California
that schools cannot be constructed fast enough to
accommodate them—even if there were money to build
there is not.
column I wrote last year, I asked
if dishonest journalists are inherently dishonest.
sure if Jacoby is purposely deceitful in her immigration columns
or if she truly believes the pap she writes. If the latter, then
she is supremely naïve because a mountain of evidence exists
that destroys her position.
should use this guideline: when she can substitute “have,”
“had,” and “did” for “if,”
“would be,” and “imagine,” then I`ll
listen to what she has to say.
Joe Guzzardi [e-mail
him] is the Editor of VDARE.COM Letters to the Editor.
In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has
a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive