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Letter: 'They did not make demands'

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:01 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

A Guest View by Sylvia Acosta in the April 1 edition of the Kane County Chronicle caught my eye, and – after reading what Sylvia had to say – I thought I would offer what I and many citizens feel about her poor treatment in the “land of opportunities” here in America that so many come to these shores to enjoy.

Now understand I can only speak from my experience, as I’m sure that Ms. Acosta has.

My grandparents came here just over a hundred years ago.

All four of them came through Ellis Island – stood in lines and registered as immigrants, as was required then. By the way, Sylvia, that is still the basic practice expected today.

There were not many handouts that my grandparents told me about. Instead, it was long hours on the job and often for meager amounts of pay. Sound a little familiar?

Ethnic groups lived in close proximity, possibly for safety and the benefit of being able to speak with others in a common language. Yes, Sylvia, there were thousands of these early immigrants back then, millions I’d say.

These new immigrants came to contribute and earn a better life, just as today’s immigrants do. One difference back then – they came here by the immigration process and not illegally. They did not make demands but contributed to building a great U.S.

Possibly you have noticed the financial conditions our state is in today? In part, due to demands for more benefits by many thousands of citizens and immigrants alike. The land of opportunity has been giving more than it is capable of sustaining.

I see that you are attending Aurora University, possibly with help from a student loan? Sylvia, the student loan money – you ever wonder where those funds come from? I have to wonder myself about that, as broke as we hear our state is.

Sylvia, I wish you all the best. In my mind, that means all you can earn by your efforts! One last thought.

Students need to pay back their student loans. I have no idea how many others will want a student loan next, and – I have to tell you – we are all out of free money!

Ron Petrucci

St. Charles

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