E-mail letters, Feb. 18, 2011

Illegal immigrants do not steal jobs

The letter to the editor by Bob Uhl recently really got me thinking. In it, he asserts how Americans cannot afford illegal immigrants who come here and take jobs away from us. Are these jobs stolen in the middle of the night by stealthy aliens under cover of darkness?

No, a job isn’t taken unless it is given to someone. So, who is giving these American jobs to these illegals? Well, Bob for one. He admits to having work done on his home that appeared to be done by illegal workers. Did he insist the contractor use only locally hired union tradesmen? No, because that would probably cost a lot more money.

So it goes with just about every citizen in this country. We want bargain basement prices on our services, our food, and our goods. What jobs that haven’t been sent overseas to be done on the cheap, we gladly hire out to immigrant laborers. It maximizes profits while letting us not have to fuss over paying a decent living wage or benefits.

I’ve never seen an illegal alien hire another illegal alien. I have only seen American citizens do the hiring. They run the corporations and businesses. They make the contracts and pay the wages. And they’re the ones who reap the profits. Those profits speak louder than the complaints of any tin-hearted bigots who wish to blame the lowest class of workers in our society for its problems. It can’t hurt that they are unable to speak up because they are illegals.

We ourselves are to blame, not the poor who come here legally or illegally in order to better their lives. They have bettered our lives for decades, but now it’s time to pay the bill. Show me the American who will stand up and shout, “Hey, I lost my job, but I saved a buck!”
TOM BUICK
Grand Junction

Air quality may already be unhealthy

I belong to a Realto list of nearly 40,000 participants. A post recently detailed a man’s experience with mold in his home. It became noticeable when he developed a rash.

He and his family had all been ill with many, varied symptoms. (Sound familiar?) A professional mold remediation company was called and the discovery of high levels of mold in the air was a shock.
Extensive remediation was necessary. They are back in their home now, and symptoms are subsiding.

Perhaps the folks on Silt Mesa with the rashes and illness should have an air quality test done-checking for mold.

JUANITA R. WILLIAMS
Parachute

Volunteers should be used to staff rec center

Why is the city of Fruita even considering hiring additional employees for the recreation center? There is a large pool of potential volunteers at the senior center, which happens to share the same building. This could be handled by the existing staff without further public funding. This could (someday) lead to a center that needs little or no public money to operate and quite possibly expand.

STEVE OCONNOR
Fruita

Health care reform is bound to be detrimental

Two items that have appeared on the editorial page of late regarding Obamacare have me wondering about what the people who support it are thinking. Could it be that they think we have got to have it regardless of how we get it?

John Borgen writes that critical to making it happen is that everybody has the responsibility to pay into the system. Interesting! If that is so, then why did the Obama administration exempt over 1,000 businesses and organizations when they began to scream about the new costs imposed on them?  Doesn’t that shoot holes in his argument?

Secondly, Dr. Michael Pramenko says that that those who wish to defund Obamacare need to provide specifics as to how that will be done. If memory serves me correctly, as I remember it, we were told that Obamacare had to be passed to find out what’s in it. Seems to me a curious double standard.

It’s pretty obvious that regardless of how it ruins health care, harms the economy, destroys jobs, raises taxes and the debt; to those that want it, it’s damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead.
                       
RICK L. COLEMAN
Grand Junction



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