Letters to the Editor

U.S. should make Mexico's laws our immigration policy

I think we should implement these harsh immigration laws:

No special bilingual programs will be in our schools except those taught as a foreign language. No ballots except in our own language. All government business will be conducted in our language.

Foreigners will not have the right to vote no matter how long they have been here. To naturalize, one must speak our language and present proof of integration into our society and meet stringent and lengthy processing requirements. Foreigners will be forbidden to hold political office. Foreigners will be forbidden by law to receive government assistance, government health care, welfare or food stamps. Absolutely no free health care will be provided.

Additionally, foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage. As for any foreigner wanting to buy land, that will be OK, but highly desirable property such as waterfront property will be restricted to native-born citizens.

Foreigners will be forbidden to publicly protest, participate in demonstrations, cannot wave foreign flags, and certainly not badmouth the president or his policies. Any illegal alien will be hunted down and sent straight to jail and will have no rights to an attorney.

Do these measures sound too harsh? If so, then complain to Felipe Calderon, the president of Mexico. For these are the national laws of Mexico.

- Ernest Wade


Internet provides a plethora of good, bad information

Old-timers like to me like to go tripping down memory lane to apprise younger folks of how much better things used to be in "our day." While that might be true about a lot of issues, there are some glaring exceptions, and education is one of them.

The availability of and the access to information via the Internet is one prime example. A student of literature, say, was once required to spend hours in the library researching and reading, whereas now he simply goes to the Internet, enters the subject and everything that is known about that person or subject appears on the screen.

Reading Shakespeare used to be torture for me. How I would have preferred seeing his plays enacted on a screen. Probably just as boring, but more palatable I think.

Information on just about anything you want to know is instantly available. There just isn't any excuse for a student to be ignorant about anything these days. Of course, there is another side of the coin: video games. Too many of our kids spend more time playing these games than accessing information for educational purposes.

Would we oldsters have been any different if we had the technology? Probably not. One day in the not-so-distant future, the present generation will be doing their own tripping down memory lane. How they tell their story will depend upon how well they took advantage of a good thing when they had it.

- George Morin

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