Printed letters, May 7, 2010

Yuma Native supports
latest Arizona law

I grew up in Yuma, Ariz., one mile from the border of Mexico. I need to express my complete support of the recent immigration law passed in Arizona.

While growing up, my family had many (legal) Mexican immigrant friends. They voted, paid taxes, spoke English and strived for a better community. I learned Spanish, which I used when we crossed the border, and we integrated with little prejudice.

That was 30 years ago. When I visit Yuma today, people choose not to communicate in English and relatives lose work to illegal immigrants who do not pay taxes and can, therefore, afford to work for six dollars an hour “under the table.”

Print and television media are in Spanish and the local school district pays so much for free services that they have laid off 154 teachers this year. It is easy for people to scream “racial profiling” with this law, but that is simply not the case.

When I travel outside of the United States, I am prepared to show my passport when asked and I try to speak in native tongue.

Why is it not all right to ask citizens of other countries to do the same in America?

This law is also being called unconstitutional. Again, not the case. Our Constitution was written for United States citizens and will continue to provide guidance for such citizens. No one likes to see people “cut” in line at the movie theater, which is exactly what illegal immigrants do to those who want to go about American citizenship in the legal and ethical manner.

May I state here that I am a student of cultural and linguistic diversity, and will scream for equality when the need arises? Equality means that others are paying the same taxes as me and are expected to be law-abiding citizens.

Recently, I read that Mexico is “strongly encouraging” its citizens not to travel to Arizona “without legal documentation.” Perfect! That is all that Arizona is asking. Rather than ostracizing Arizona, perhaps other states should embrace its integrity and we, as United States, can stand up for equality.

JOY MANDEVILLE

Grand Junction

Easy guest-worker plan
is needed for immigrants

Perpetual immigration-hawk Dana Isham is at it again with a rant about amnesty for those already in the country. He presumes to know what Democrats’ and Republicans’ motives are regarding the entire immigration issue. If it was only that easy and obvious, why there haven’t been wholesale efforts to reform the system.

The last specific, and reasonable, proposals to get something done about the problem came from the sainted George W. Bush. Isham doesn’t mention that.

Apparently, the only thing of consequence about the entire immigration issue is amnesty. Supposedly, Isham is referring to the idea that those already in the country illegally would get some kind of pathway opened to them for citizenship. In other words, rewarding them for their illegal flight into this country. Is he really concerned with the illegality or the fact that they are mostly Mexicans involved? A clue might be that he seems more concerned that they might gain the right to vote someplace down the line and they might not vote for his preferred ideological candidates.

So, forget amnesty. Apparently what Isham and others seek is a huge deportation program. I see estimates of anywhere from 10 to 20 million illegal aliens in the country. Can they seriously believe that we can find that many people and put them on a bus, never to bother us again in the future?

Have you driven anywhere near our southern border lately? It is crawling with ICE officers. And still the people find their way here. We need an easy to sign-up-for-guest-worker program. My guess is that most coming here to work would use it as opposed to the current bureaucratic nightmare.

Then, maybe calling a rational way to handle those already here something other than amnesty would be more acceptable. But, probably not.

JOHN BORGEN

Grand Junction

Bleeding hearts should
try living on the border

I have lived on the Arizona-Mexican border. When I was young, the illegal immigrants would come across and try to steal our cows, not a nice thing to do.

Then in the 1940s and ‘50s, the border patrol would catch them and place them in a kind of prison in the mountains and these illegals would have to work on roads and forest fires. They were then paid 25 cents a day and after a year they were sent back to Mexico.

That was then. What is happening now is a lot worse. What I, and the people in Arizona, would like to see is all the bleeding hearts take a trip to Europe and leave their passports at home, then see how the borders open up to you. The people in Europe walk around with their passports on their person at all times. We do the same with our driver’s licenses.

What about the Mexican-Guatemala border? Do you think that the Mexican government allows people to cross that border? If you said yes, you are mistaken.

Maybe what people should do is buy property in southern Arizona, then watch it go to hell in a handbasket. If the bleeding hearts have never lived or stayed in that part of the country, then they don’t know what it is like.

FRANK TRANCHINA

Delta

Thank goodness
for that tractor

On May 4, I greeted the day feeling thankful for many things. I was thankful to God for life, for my dear wife and for this beautiful Western Slope.

Upon glancing at the front page of The Daily Sentinel, I became ever more thankful that the Massey-Ferguson tractor spared us a full frontal of the two nudists. However, I question whether the gentleman is a true nudist, since he was wearing sunglasses and a hat. I thought it was all or ... well, nothing.

As for the World Naked Gardening Day, my preference is the Garden of Eden, where our primitive parents at least were advanced enough to clothe themselves once they realized they were naked.

Not least, I am thankful that, while most people understand that nudity itself is not bad or sinful, they still have the common and moral sense to realize that there is a time, place and proper relationship for it.

If I have offended anyone, perhaps you will forgive my preference for discriminate prudishness over indiscriminate nudishness.

BILL FORBES

Whitewater

Article on nudists didn’t
belong on the front page

In the May 4 edition of The Daily Sentinel, on Page 5A, there were articles about the flooding in Nashville and the bomb attempt in New York City. These are important issues that should have been on Page 1. Instead there was an article about nudists.

This is absurd. It was in poor taste and cannot even be considered news. I am really disappointed with the editorial staff for putting that article in the paper. I thought you had higher standards. I hope the Sentinel gets its priorities straight.

ELEANORE MOLLICK

Fruita



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