17 Comments

  1. Phyllis A Gonzalez
    Phyllis A Gonzalez February 24, 2017 at 12:25 pm | | Reply

    This is probably the most important story you’ve ever told. Sad, sad, sad. Thank-you for producing it.

  2. Ed Kennedy
    Ed Kennedy February 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm | | Reply

    How can we have a president without any humanity?

  3. John
    John February 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm | | Reply

    Amelia Meath is my new hero. What an incredible combination of this story and that voice. Thank you for introducing me to this rare talent!

  4. Suki
    Suki February 25, 2017 at 10:19 am | | Reply

    Wonderful. Very important, Erica.

  5. Steven R Harvey
    Steven R Harvey February 26, 2017 at 6:46 pm | | Reply

    This made me miss friends who I’ve lost touch with even more so. Real and caring people.

    All this stress and hate was so unnecessary.

  6. Lisa Christi Greenwood
    Lisa Christi Greenwood February 27, 2017 at 8:50 am | | Reply

    I can’t even fathom the heartlessness of the current president. These people are hardworking human beings that contribute to our society and support their families. Such real caring people. Why all the hate? Love is the answer. Love and compassion for our fellow man.

  7. Maria
    Maria February 28, 2017 at 2:26 pm | | Reply

    This is such a beautiful episode! Music is great, too. Thank you.

    What an articulate, insightful man “Victor” is. Heartbreaking that he and others have to work so hard and live in fear, far from their families. I also wonder what changed when he was a kid in Mexico that made the economy tank…and whether US corporate malfeasance had something to do with it. Call me cynical. Imagine if Victor could have the time, education, and funding to develop his obvious talents, either here or in Mexico, wherever he wanted.

  8. Mari Cordes
    Mari Cordes February 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm | | Reply

    I love your work, Erica. What is the name of the song? I looked up Amelia’s bands and couldn’t find it.
    Mari

    Mari.vermont@gmail.com

  9. F Paul Falcone
    F Paul Falcone March 3, 2017 at 11:57 am | | Reply

    My very first job was working at the nearest dairy farm in E Randolph about 1965 when I was 15. It was hard work and endless that took everything I had. And you come home and smell like shit all the time and family & friends tell you are bad smelling. The farmer’s son, about my age, was digging silage out of an silo and it collapsed on him and he smothered. His dad came by and saw his kids legs sticking out but it was too late. It was long, hard tedious work that payed in raw milk, eggs and meat when a cow had to be put down or died. We took it and a pressured cooked into something edible, and with a barrel of apples and one of potatoes to last the winter, that was how it was. But I got out as soon as I could when silo time came around again. it was enough for me. Thanks for the memories. PF

  10. Anne
    Anne March 4, 2017 at 8:10 pm | | Reply

    So…he had an angel…but she wasn’t enough. Now, what do we do to help. Such a story. Thank you. My heart is aching for this poor world, but an aching heart is not enough.

  11. Janie
    Janie March 9, 2017 at 10:21 am | | Reply

    This one broke my heart. I love the voice portraits you bring us (and in that, I include your own). It’s like an arm reaching thru the radio beckoning me to hear them, think about them and feel them.
    Victor’s comments about wanting to share a beautiful place, our country, and his life with his parents whom he hasn’t seen in a long time had me in tears. How can we ignore his dignity and honor for that? This one really lingers. A remarkable, poignant interview. thank you.

  12. Doug Moody
    Doug Moody March 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm | | Reply

    This morning (3/9/17) I was driving to the dairy farm where I have been teaching English to some of the farm workers and I heard your program, ‘Your Neighbor,” on Rumble Strip broadcast on Vermont Public Radio. This was a very powerful piece and I want to congratulate you and “Victor” for producing this marvelous description of what life is like for the Mexican dairy farm workers. The politicians in Washington DC need to reckon with the absolute necessity of having these workers in the United States, because without them, our agricultural industries would not function. Victor and other dairy farm workers like him are indispensable to the economy of Vermont, and this is true across the nation. Truly, a beautiful piece of reporting and an important story to share with more people.

    1. Janie
      Janie March 9, 2017 at 1:50 pm | | Reply

      Well put, Doug. I couldn’t agree with you more.

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