After reading about Estelle’s “tour” in the local paper last week, I feel compelled to put forth some positive solutions. It is quite obvious to anyone that lives and breathes in Garberville and Redway that our towns are being destroyed. There are two positive actions that we as a community can make.
First, we must appeal to our “agricultural” friends not to hire any “travelers” even on a temporary basis. It is a certain fact that most of the unemployed people are here because the word has gotten around, or as stated in the paper “the bush telegraph,” that there are plentiful jobs here as trimmers. The agriculture sector has to understand that this is their home also and their wives and children will want to live in a place that is not being turned into a dump. Please hire local and save our community.
Secondly, and arguably, the most difficult part of the solution is to convince the well-meaning segment of our community that want to help the travelers with unlimited amounts of food and shelter in inclement weather. When you ask a traveler why he or she is in Garberville, the answer is that “the people here are real nice to us.” Basically, our “do-gooders” are enablers and in the long run are not helping the travelers, but again, are helping to run our town into a dump.
The travelers will come and go, but their numbers will continue to grow if we do not change our ways and fight for our community.
Fred N. Baron