Letters to the Editor

Valley farmers helped Japanese neighbors

The Bee’s editorial on George Takei’s (April 17) participation in halting the sale of Japanese items from internment camps is championed as philanthropic.

I remember my father telling me of several farming families from the Parlier area who showed true philanthropy.

When their Japanese neighbors were taken from their farms and placed in far away camps, these families farmed the land, sold the crops and returned the entire sum of money when their neighbors returned, not taking any compensation for their efforts.

That behavior is more common in our farming community than amongst the members of the Screen Actors Guild, yet we rarely acknowledge that type of heroism. We usually just find time to criticize farmers for their greed and gluttonous use of “our” water.

God bless the farmers of our Valley.

Richard Gregory