Speak Up! - 05/03/06

Letters to the Editor

Immigration: What a concept!

The next time you go to Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, out to dinner somewhere, and you spend an hour, just remember this: 600 more illegal immigrants just came into the U.S. That is 850,000 a year.

They say they come for the jobs and a better life. I can’t remember when we have created 850,000 new jobs in one year, let alone every year. One thing is certain, the illegals have access to so many social entitlements that compared to the corrupt, backward, illiterate dirt poor nation they just left, this truly is a country of streets paved with gold. There are currently more than 13 million illegal immigrants in this country.

Some things I have problems with are as follows: 20,000 marched in Phoenix on a weekday. How many have jobs? They must have very understanding employers to allow them the day off to demonstrate! I would like to know where they work. Those employers deserve a medal or some sort of recognition for allowing so many “critical” workers the time off to demonstrate.

After all, we have been told, if it were not for the Hispanics in this country, life as we know it would grind to a halt.

The very term used to identify these people should be enough to end the controversy: “Illegal Immigrants.” Illegal means NOT LAWFUL. Enough said.

When we, American citizens, break the law, we can expect to be caught and punished. Why do these people feel they are above the law? What exempts them from following the rules?

They say that the politicians should take note of all those marching. Why? Illegal immigrants can’t vote, not legally.

If we allow one segment of our culture to violate the law, who is next? We will have established a precedent.

I say, make it a felony to enter this nation surreptitiously. Have mandatory jail time attached to the law. Give the courts very limited latitude in the sentencing. Provide assistance to those personnel who wish to enter the country legally. Help them find work, help them with health care issues, schools, food and such.

We must protect our sovereign borders. Far too many good people have given their lives in the defense of this great nation to just stand back and give it away.

Brien Richards

Kingman

Learning English already the law

With reference to the letter from Margaret Cagle on March 16, no one is exempt from proving that they can speak and write English if they want to become an American citizen.

She states in her letter it should be mandatory.

It is!

Richard Ingeman

Chloride

Drop in volunteers due to smoking ban?

Jamie Taylor of Kingman Regional Medical Center attempts to explain away the drop of some 3,000 volunteer hours by saying some volunteers “were ill or moved away.”

Is 2004 the only year volunteers died or moved? That is an ongoing process, and more volunteers retire, move into the area and step up to the plate to replace them.

I, for one, was preparing to do just that until KRMC came out with their Draconian announcement that they would no longer permit smoking anywhere in the facility, not even on the grounds outside.

I have not smoked for 35 years, but I respect the rights of those who choose to do so as long as they respect the rights of non-smokers who prefer not to be exposed to cigarette smoke.

Separate smoking and non-smoking areas have served the country well for decades.

There are 200,000 cigarette-smoking dead GI’s from the battlefields of Omaha Beach to Okinawa, thousands more from Korea to Vietnam. Today, 35 out of 100 GI’s serving in the hell hole of Iraq are cigarette smokers. I myself served four years in the Philippines and six of 10 of my buddies were smokers.

I have enough respect for the rights of all of them to exercise a little tolerance, should any be required. It doesn’t require a lot of tolerance to go into a non-smoking dining room if I so choose.

It would be interesting to know just when the decline in volunteerism at KRMC began.

Herb Masters

Golden Valley

On-campus leaders necessary at MCC

The Board of Governors of Mohave Community College was in near-unanimous agreement (with one “no” vote) to change the titles of college administrators. This was a board-initiated change, not one from administration. Ms. French missed the previous board meeting and much of the discussion.

The decision was made to focus more direct leadership at each campus location to improve student access to a college education. Direct leadership will increase MCC’s local responsiveness within the county’s four growing population areas.

The sheer distance between campuses in a 13,000-square-mile service area makes it essential that campus presidents be able to direct personnel, assure the maintenance and safety of the facilities and direct the delivery of all educational programs to the students in that community without obstacles. By empowering presidents with a direct line to the chancellor, this management model ensures their success.

It is the mission of this administration to offer consistent, comprehensive educational programs and services as one college with four campuses. The goal is for all students, regardless of the campus on which they enroll, to receive the same instruction and have the same services available.

The chancellor and vice chancellors must ensure that the college remains one institution, using the same best practices and standards on all campuses and all areas of college operations.

MCC had made great progress in the standardization of programs and services and is now focused on the efficiency of operations on each of its campuses. Because of the size, diversity and reach of the service area, each campus must house executive leadership to ensure improved services to the citizens of Mohave County.

Dan Hargrove,

MCC Board of Governors president

Confinement of animals is wrong

The billions (yes, billions) of victims of factory farming are easily forgotten. We don’t see them or feel particularly sentimental about them. However, morality demands that animals not be treated like unfeeling commodities. Who can dispute the fact that factory-farmed animals are like our pets in that they have an innate capacity for enjoyment and suffering?

Yet, most farm animals today live in unmerciful confinement, many unable to stretch their limbs or turn around, covered in their own urine and excrement. Broken bones from trying to move are common, as are festering sores and even death. This extreme confinement is meant to maximize production.

We are in favor of the more traditional family farms where animals are given room to move and access to the outdoors. Sadly, many family farms are being pushed out of business by the mega industrialized factory farms.

When the factory hog farms move in, they are notorious for the smell and pollution they create. Any apathy we have will slap us back in the face if we allow more of them into Arizona.

You can help the animals by helping gather signatures from family, friends and others to place a ground-breaking measure on the 2006 ballot that would outlaw the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal on industrialized factory farms.

Contact Arizonans for Humane Farms at (480) 449-7644, or e-mail: info@yesforhumanefarms.org.

Joanne and Gene Moore

Kingman