Several months back, a former Modesto resident, now living in Brookings, Ore., berated Bee readers for expressing pride in the city (“I don’t use Geritol,” Jan. 18) of Modesto and its rich and colorful history and culture. Specifically, the writer made disparaging remarks about Modesto’s crime rate, high housing costs and general lack of aesthetics.
My wife and I, being retirement age and currently living in Sonora, decided to include Brookings in our summer travel plans. We just returned. Fortunately, we only made reservations for a one-night stay in Brookings. The community is gritty. The crime rate exceeds that of Modesto (see www.bestplaces.net). There is higher unemployment, housing is more expensive, median household income is less, and health care is more expensive.
Brookings? Thanks, but no thanks! I wouldn’t trade an evening at the Gallo Center for an all-expense-paid week in your unappealing city. I’ll take Modesto anytime. Be proud, Modesto!
John Frank, Sonora