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There are alternatives to working in the heat

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Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 10:00 pm

Arnold and the top state leaders called for changes after inspectors found dozens of laborers toiling in the fields with little to no shade or water in May. While that might be so, a man or woman has to know his or her limitations. It's summer, and it's hot in the Valley and has been forever.

To think that laborers are the only ones that toil in the heat is totally ridiculous. With cherries picked and the grapes growing, the toiling is limited; most, if not all, is done by a machine now.

Occupational Safety and Health Standards are ready to approve emergency precautions and the ACLU is ready to pounce on any grower or labor contractor. I have a suggestion that will satisfy everyone: Start half an hour before sun-up, work eight hours and go home - you're out of the heat of the day by 1 p.m.

Or work at night during harvest season, as growers have found that grapes are better when harvested by machine at night; only the old vines need be picked by hand. There are lights powerful enough to light up half of Lodi, and viola - no heat. But then, that might be to sensible, as the ACLU or some other liberal pinhead outfit will find fault - they always do.

By the way, it's hot in Iraq, especially when you're carrying 100 pounds of gear, have no shade and are trying to stay alive. Ooooohhhhhhhh, the poor field worker.

Ed Walters

Lodi

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