Readers Respond to “Immigration: Put a Direct Marketing Writer in Charge,” published June 20, 2006, which urged that all the facts of a situation be put on the table before a major decision is made.
I greatly appreciated your article on pursuing hard facts before forming policy (we wouldn’t pitch a product without knowing the real benefits.)
And here it comes....I visited the cheap tomato Web site and I believe this is nothing more than a racist, conservative spin article. My boyfriend is from South America and education is a very high priority for families—note Chile’s continuing expansion in education. What this ‘farmer’ describes (poor behavior of children) is not a cultural difference but a socio-economic effect...better known as poverty, and something all races are susceptible to—you can find many of these problems in schools all across the country, committed by children from all races, including white (I grew up in a poor white rural area. Things weren’t that bad, but all of our trouble-makers were white, so were the pregnant girls.) I agree with your concerns regarding water supply which is always mysteriously absent from discussion regarding the ‘fertile valleys’ of California. We grow rice in a semi-dessert region - how insane is that?! I don’t buy California rice for that reason. Thanks so much for your wonderful articles; I look forward to reading them every week.
My kids went to a public elementary school from 2004-2005 that is over 40 percent Hispanic and it was appalling.
Three of my daughters were in gifted and talented and so their reward for that was being given free time so the teachers could spend time dealing with ESL students or disruptive students, thus denying our kids any kind of greater education that they deserved for scoring high on all their tests.