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The Commons
Voices / Letters from readers

Breaks needed for working in the heat

The writer is 9 years old.

Originally published in The Commons issue #440 (Wednesday, January 3, 2018). This story appeared on page C1.


Some people at big farms — both kids and adults — pick our food, like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and potatoes.

Some of the workers are migrant workers. The farm workers and the migrant workers work for a long time, sometimes for 10 to 14 hours per day. Is that crazy, or what?

They work in serious heat. They could get really sick. They could get heat stroke and dizziness, too.

I think they should have breaks for an hour, because they work very hard.

Elexis LaValley


Brattleboro

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