Letters to the Editor

Perdue out of touch on illegal immigrants

If Gov. Sonny Perdue does not support prohibiting illegal immigrants from enrolling in Georgia's public colleges or universities, he's obviously totally out of touch with the average Georgian. He doesn't have a bunch of illegals living in his neighborhood, but some of us are surrounded by them.

Those who are have grown quite weary of Georgia being a magnet for illegals and of our rolling out the red carpet. We already give them 12 free years of education and most of that time also pay for their lunches! How can anyone think taxpayers want to continue doing this? Illegals can go back to their countries and get their state-supported education.

If they want to attend our colleges, they can apply as citizens of whatever country they came here from and pay out-of-country fees - not in-state ones. They are not Georgia citizens and are not eligible for Georgia tuition.

Can my American-citizen niece in North Carolina come here and go to Georgia's schools at our expense? No, so why should people who are disobeying our federal immigration laws be allowed to attend school on our dime?

Have we simply lost our minds? Such an idea is irrational, and your average Georgian is getting tired of this nonsense.

- Louise Stewart


Commission all wet after stormwater vote

Now that the Gwinnett County commissioners have decided to tax us for every drop of rain that falls on our property, how long before they start charging us for the sweat drops that pop out on our brow every time we have to pay our inflated tax bill?

In a desperate attempt to clean up streams polluted by years of uncontrolled growth, the commission recently voted to soak taxpayers with a rain tax ("Stormwater fees approved," Page 1A, Nov. 2). Pretty ironic since most folks think the commission's zoning practices have been all wet for years.

And don't think this precipitous tax is going to hold off the flood of problems or taxes yet to come. I believe it's just a drop in the bucket that could be leading up to a potential frog-strangler.

In fact, it may be too late save our bacon from the failed policy of rubber-stamping every developmental project that has flowed through the commission unabated for the last 20 years. It's pretty hard to drain the proverbial swamp once the alligators already have you by the seat of your pants!

What we desperately need is a real commitment from those that are supposed to be looking out for our welfare and not the pocket books of fat cat developers who destroy our environment and then move on with no accountability. Maybe someone should tell the commission that the money we set aside for a rainy day was not intended to pay for their rain tax.

- Deryl Duncan