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July 27, 2014 at 4:23 PM

State’s fires: Encouraging to see workers’ efforts

The Seattle Times’ story about the courageous people who lost everything in the wildfires moved me to tears [“Laborers lost a lot to fast-moving wildfire, now work to rebuild lives,” Local News, July 23].

It is amazing that some workers stayed behind as the inferno approached to rescue farm equipment that was not even their own and to keep huge gas tanks from exploding and making the fire worse. It is also amazing that others who lost everything were back working the next day.

As we consider the issues around immigration, let’s not forget how hardworking, family-centered and resilient many migrant workers are. These are citizens we should welcome to our country. I’m not sure I, or most native-born Americans, would have had the courage to face an inferno or to be back at work the day after losing everything.

I wonder how we can help these brave people in Brewster?

Anne Trench, Seattle

Comments | More in Wildfire | Topics: Anne Trench, forest fires, immigration


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