E-mail letters, December 17, 2010

DREAM Act will hurt
Struggling legal citizens

I truly think the DREAM Act is a prime example of pushing through legislation to make the current administration look good and garner votes.

Though I feel compassion for the young people who have lived most of their lives in our country, this does not entitle them to citizenship. It wasn’t that long ago the government offered amnesty to “illegals” and yet many chose not to use it. Don’t you think if their parents were serious about a better life for their children, they would have made that effort?

I personally believe this is a slap in the face to all legal citizens. Especially, when there are so many U.S. citizens struggling to survive in today’s economy.

What will happen to the rate of unemployment when these additional people enter the work force? How will it effect our armed services or law enforcement? What about funding for higher education or public services? Realistically, there are only so many jobs and money available to fund programs. These are serious questions that need to be addressed.

What I really want to know is when it became politically correct to put the priorities of illegals over the rights of legal citizens of this country? When did it become politically correct for legal citizens of this country to have to fight to feed their families, have basic amenities, educate their children, have access to health care, and provide homes? When did it become politically correct to spend billions of dollars to provide these same social services for free to illegals, while so many of our legal citizens hurt and do without?

Also, I want to know if the educators have ever thought about what our legal children have had to do without in their education, so the illegal children can have a free education. How many millions of dollars are spent in our public school systems to accommodate the illegal children? I wonder where our country’s educational system would rank in the world today if we valued our legal citizens’ children instead of trying to be a nanny nation.

If Congress passes the DREAM Act, will it be the magic panacea? Will the illegal children automatically become productive citizens? Will they be the future doctors, lawyers, etc.? Will they become pro-American? Or will it just be another vote bought to keep the career politicians in office to continue spending us into oblivion?

I personally feel that instead of change for the better, we will be stuck with the “S.O.S.” I will allow readers to put in the appropriatewords.
Angela Castle
Parachute


Movie failed to
recognize real heroism

The recognition that the 2004 film, “Million Dollar Baby,” has received is deplorable.

In the film, Hillary Swank decides death is preferable than to live on with the aid of a kidney
dialysis machine. The depiction of dialysis was inaccurate and diminishing. Clint Eastwood’s taking of a life was morally reprehensible, not heroic.

Millions of people live on with disabilities and handicaps and the life-giving aid of kidney dialysis. My friend lived on a kidney dialysis machine for over 25 years with courage,
kindness, cheerfulness and a sense of humor. Now that’s heroic.
Martha Barrett Scott
Grand Junction



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