The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
A nation of immigrants
I’m calling about this illegal immigrant situation and I, like many people, agree that we shouldn't have to pay taxes to support people who have entered our country illegally. Yet, at the same time, I think people are very deceived at what our amazing immigrant ancestors did compared to what is happening now. Especially, there is a caller that stated their ancestors came here and couldn't get a job until they could speak English, which they had to pay to learn and go to school. Guess what? Obviously untrue. Most immigrants came here with very little money in their pocket, and they couldn't get a job as a banker or lawyer, so they worked as laborers in factories until they could learn enough English to get a better job. If we didn't have a lot of immigrants doing these jobs, we can't even hire an American-born person to do a lot of these jobs. They don't want to do it. They don't want to clean toilets and scrub floors and work hard for the minimum wage. It is these immigrant people who are doing this because they need the money, so let’s stop glorifying our wonderful ancestors and putting down the current generation of immigrants. We are a nation of immigrants. Face it, if our ancestors had faced the kind of discrimination that immigrants face today, none of us would be here in this country.
Who is going to feed them?
I'm responding to "The blessings in their lives." Yes, we are all blessed for living in the United States of America, but what I don't understand is not to deny the children who are coming from foreign countries. I don't know about the person that writes this. Who is going to take care of that? Who is going to pay for their health insurance? Who is going to feed them? Does this person want to adopt five or 10 kids? It is the responsibility of the foreign country to take care of their children, like it is the responsibility of those who are blessed to take care of the children who are born in America. But it gets to the point where enough is enough. And as for jobs, is this one here sitting pretty on a good income? The rest of us are not.
What would Jesus do?
Oh my God, I couldn't believe a statement I read in this week's Sound Off. Regardless of how you feel about what to do with the children who are coming to our borders, the statement that "you just do not give your children away to another country" was one of the most insensitive things I've ever heard. I hope to God it wasn't made by a parent. I can only guess how terrible it must be to send a child away because you believe it's the only way to keep them safe and alive. If you are a Christian, please ask yourself, what would Jesus do? Thank you.
People don't care
I’m responding to "Slow down" where a lady was with a walker and she was bumped into several times. People don't care; the people who raise their children now don't care. There is no caring in this world, not even sometimes for your own families. It is a shame that people don't respect someone and let the person pass because they have a walker or because they walk slowly. We need to help our own people first. Not just let all these foreign children come in and they won't complain, these foreign children, because they are getting free health care and food and everything. Please watch out for walkers. There are many of us that have that, and it is not just a decoration. It is something we need.
Inundated with calls
I'm calling to ask what happened to the Do Not Call list on my telephone. I'm inundated with calls, maybe six to 10 a day, and I've been on the Do Not Call list for about two years and just lately it's gotten absolutely ridiculous.
Are you an honest, law-abiding citizen? I like to think I am. But every day when I read the paper and I read about illegal immigrants and I read about the people who came here legally into this country, who followed the rules and waited the long time, I think about – what are the pay backs for being honest? What are the paybacks for being a good citizen? Actually, there are no paybacks for being honest and being a good citizen anymore in the U.S. of A. Because we honest, law-abiding citizens have to pay through the nose for people who want to constantly disobey the rules and break all the laws. Illegal immigrant children and families are costing us billions of dollars. The fact that we're not having our borders secure is costing us billions of dollars. And it's not costing the illegal immigrants, it’s costing the taxpayers. Every single dime that is paid in taxes comes from a taxpayer’s pocket. It comes from a law-abiding citizen's pocket. It comes from paying for gun licenses that we should have a right to do because we're law-abiding citizens, but we have to pay for licenses. It comes from license fees we have to pay to drive our cars, to work in our chosen professions. But if you're an illegal immigrant or a foreigner and you want to spend $150,000 in this country, we'll throw the rules out the window, because they don't apply. It has to change.
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