Timothy M. Lamas: Protect unique culture, history of Wood Colony

January 21, 2014 

City Council members must realize Wood Colony is something we, as a community, should embrace. The culture, history and utter uniqueness that Wood Colony emits is one which should be protected.

My grandmother was a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren. As a child growing up during the 1960s, I was very much aware of this unique way of life. We would attend the German Baptist annual meetings under the cover of giant circus tents and eat wonderful meals consisting of beef, broth and freshly baked bread. The cultural experience should be available to future generations.

City Council members who believe an industrial annexation in the colony will somehow bring real jobs to Modesto demonstrate a new level of political naiveté. California is not friendly to industry, and unemployment will continue to grow until there is real change in the political climate of this region.

TIMOTHY M. LAMAS

Modesto

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