It seems to me Mr. Ricker doesn't have the ability to write a letter to the editor without condemning the farmers of the Imperial Valley. In his most recent letter he states the farmers did not build this Valley and that the Mexican workers did. He also states that without them, who would have harvested our crops?
Well, I don't know how long Mr. Ricker has lived here, but I have lived here all my life (65 years). I know for a fact that the first ethnic labor in this Valley were the Indians from the Colorado River. When my father came here in 1906, Mexicali consisted of four mud huts occupied by Indians from the Colorado River tribes. Until the 1920s they were the only supplemental labor in this Valley.
When the Great Depression came in 1932, the big influx of workers came from the Dust Bowl of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, which mostly consisted of Caucasian and black people. They are the ones who picked cotton, tilled the land and did the menial jobs in this Valley.