Printed letters, April 29, 2010

Amnesty is not solution for illegal immigration

I just read that President Obama’s next big legislative push will concern illegal immigration. From what I have observed with the passing of the health care legislation, we, the people, will have nothing to say about what Congress does.

It seems that the only time our elected officials are concerned with the population is at election time, when they want our votes to put them back in power.

The answer on illegal immigration is not a simple matter of granting amnesty and citizenship. President George H.W. Bush granted amnesty and citizenship to about 3 million illegal Mexican citizens, with the understanding that they learn English and a few other requirements. I wonder how many did? Now we have somewhere between 8 million and 12 twelve million immigrants in the country illegally, wanting citizenship.

Would granting amnesty and citizenship to those who are illegally here solve the problem and make all of those trying to come across our borders stop and return home? I don’t think so. I believe we would have 20 million to 30 million more illegal immigrants here expecting citizenship next time.

Hopefully, President Obama and Congress will not repeat President Bush’s mistake. However, it would guarantee the president’s re-election, with millions of grateful new voters.

I personally believe that granting citizenship to people who have come here illegally is a slap in the face to those who try to come here properly. I have no objection to those who come here with a proper, legal work permit.

NEAL A. WARD

Delta

Romanoff collage sparked phony controversy

A recent letter by Elizabeth Clark in this space alluded to a phony “controversy” that related to a photo collage depicting people who attended a rally in support of Andrew Romanoff.

The collage was composed entirely of photos of people who attended the rally in support of Mr. Romanoff. The collage was obviously an artistically stylized composite of several photos, including dozens of people. No one’s face was edited onto anyone else’s body, as alleged in Ms. Clark’s letter. As a matter of fact, everyone in the collage was rendered the same shade of blue, which is hardly indicative of an attempt to feign diversity.

It’s shameful that supporters of Michael Bennet thought it was an appropriate strategy to make up this phony controversy and try to artificially inject racial and ethnic division into this campaign.

PETER FISK

Fort Collins

Romanoff’s record shows why he dazzles voters

So Andrew Romanoff is a dazzler, is he?  Letter writer Elizabeth Clark might be right.

In 2006, Andrew was nationally recognized as the outstanding lawmaker of the year and received the William Bulger Award, which is given to the “legislative leader whose career embodies the highest principles of leadership, integrity, compassion, vision and courage.” Romanoff is the award’s youngest recipient.

In 2008 the Economic Development Council of Colorado honored Romanoff with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts as a legislator to strengthen the state’s economy.

Andrew was first elected to the Statehouse in 2000 and re-elected in 2002, 2004 and 2006. In 2004, he led the charge to capture the Democratic majority in the House for the first time in three decades. He authored Referendum C and helped build the broadest coalition in state history to pass it.

He passed a billion-dollar plan to repair and rebuild schools in poor and rural districts. Andrew led efforts against domestic violence, child abuse, mental illness and homelessness.

And now Andrew is the only candidate to reject money from corporate interest groups and his campaign is being supported only by private contributions. He is being endorsed by over 200 elected leaders, 3,000 volunteers and donors from all 64 counties.

Yes, Ms. Clark, thank God we live in a democracy where I can vote for the best man. Independent polls show Andrew is the only candidate who can beat Republicans Jane Norton or Ken Buck in November. Yes, I’m voting for that old dazzler, Andrew Romanoff!

MARY BETH PYLE

Grand Junction



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