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
for example, two columnists who choose as their topic
and whether additional guest workers
required to pick this year`s crop.
- 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
California Without A Mexican
, dissected by Brenda Walker
in her blog
, 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
. 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"
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,
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
published a story about its first days. [
, 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
(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
"I`m from an old Dakota farm family and bucked many bales in my
younger days and always appreciated the
farm machinery to do the
"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
, Tamar Jacoby?
If Jacoby performed due
diligence in her
, 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
, usually consider essential are found nowhere.
Check it out for yourself.
According to Jacoby, writing
"No Match" letters
soon to be
sent by the Social Security Administration
reminding them that names and
social numbers of their
workers must match:
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
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
," and "did
" for "if
," and "imagine
," then I`ll
listen to what she has to say.
then, Jacoby should go back to
and try to
among her limited audience.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