Nice work on farm­work­ers

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Land­mark deal nets farm­worker raises,” June 6

Re­porter Richard Marosi and The Times de­serve to be se­ri­ously con­sid­ered for ma­jor jour­nal­ism awards thanks to their ground­break­ing four-part se­ries on farm­worker con­di­tions in Mex­ico and their con­tin­u­ing cov­er­age of th­ese con­di­tions, all the way up to last week’s agree­ment pro­vid­ing bet­ter pay.

This is the supreme ex­am­ple of in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism at its best, and it de­serves ap­pro­pri­ate recog­ni­tion. By ex­pos­ing the hor­ren­dous work­ing con­di­tions of farm la­bor­ers, the se­ries brought in­creased scru­tiny by both the U.S. public as well as ma­jor U.S. cor­po­ra­tions do­ing busi­ness with th­ese gi­ant agribusi­ness com­pa­nies. Michael B. Na­tel­son New­port Beach

Marosi and The Times de­serve all of the ku­dos and credit for iden­ti­fy­ing the hu­man tragedy that ex­ists in Mex­ico with the mod­ern­day slaves who pick our fruits and veg­eta­bles, pub­li­ciz­ing the is­sue and con­se­quently help­ing the es­ti­mated 1 mil­lion peo­ple im­prove their lives.

This is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the ef­fort ini­ti­ated by Ce­sar Chavez in the United States that is still in­com­plete. Harry Shragg Reseda

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