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Public Pulse March 13th, 2008

The Editor

A Formula for Success?

If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
Author unknown

Apparently, I'll never be a success in life. I've never had a problem with x, and y, in the equation, but z is usually my downfall. There's always one current affair that seems to require my opinion, and the current 'current affair' is immigration reform.

I read an article yesterday stating that there are nearly 200 pieces of State legislation being considered regarding illegal immigrants, because the legislative bodies at the Federal level are avoiding any reform measures. I might be wrong, but to date, I think only Oklahoma, and Wyoming, have passed measures limiting services available to illegals. States all across the country have pending bills being considered. The Oklahoma legislation is being publicly protested as 'too prohibitive'.

In the absence of a viable Federal law, or even a plan, the States are looking for ways to prevent bankrupting their own budgets via free health care, free public education, and welfare programs for non citizens, while these illegals are demanding even more.

Amnesty? You've got to be kidding me. When these people show up, and apply for services, without any documentation, why aren't they 1. being detained, and 2. being sent back to their country of origin? I keep hearing how much it would cost to send 12 million illegal immigrants home, but the cost would probably be worth it in the long term.

John McCain, and both of the presumptive Democratic nominees, support some type ofamnesty, or shortcut to citizenship. Why? Are they courting the legal Hispanic vote? If they are, shame on them. All three are members of the Senate, which is ignoring the problem, and dumping the burden on State coffers. Until a candidate comes along that says he/she supports shipping them back, they won't get my vote, or my support. They probably won't miss it, and they probably think I should 'z. keep my mouth shut'. That's not likely to happen any time in the near future.

/s/Don Stuhldreier
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Money, Money, Money

With this kind of government legislation, our elected representatives continue to promote our country's financial collapse. It is sheer folly to borrow $168 billion to divvy up to millions of people, hoping they'll go out and spend it to boost the economic slump.

The people should use this windfall to pay off debts from living beyond their means. Nothing like sticking your finger in the hole to stop a leak in the dike. With the government continuing uncontrolled deficit spending, leading to the increasing trillions of dollars in debt, it's not if but when the day of reckoning will arrive!

/s/Henry M. Sanford
San Marcos, CA 92078

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