Letters to the Editor

Responses to Nipomo farmworker housing fire give hope

A fire at Mads Place off South Oakglen Avenue in Nipomo destroyed one home meant for temporary farmworkers and damaged another. Fire officials suspect arson.
A fire at Mads Place off South Oakglen Avenue in Nipomo destroyed one home meant for temporary farmworkers and damaged another. Fire officials suspect arson. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The disheartening news of arson at the farmworker housing development in Nipomo highlights the larger issue of mistrust of immigrants and a lack of integration within our communities.

Two responses, however, give me great hope.

First, farmers Donna and Greg France are responding by reconnecting with neighbors and the community, sharing information about the realities of labor needs in farming as well as treating guest workers with respect and compassion.

Second, the Latino Outreach Council has decided to host a forum on farmworker housing. To be held the evening of June 22, the outreach council’s panel will cover policies, planning and perspectives of government officials, farmers and workers.

Immigrant farmworkers are performing difficult jobs that are vital to our economy and, more directly, to our food!

I’m grateful for their presence and hope that we can be gracious hosts.

Andy Pease, San Luis Obispo

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