Consumers, not bosses pay for wage increases
Re: your Tuesday front-page article “Crippling gas prices altering lifestyles“:
Those of you who think an hourly wage increase is a good thing might pay attention to this, as the same scenario takes place when Congress passes a wage increase law.
Those who own the business will not pay the increase to their workers from their profits; they only increase the cost of products so you – not Congress – end up paying for the increase.
The chain reaction from this increase affects packing, advertising, transportation, etc.
Voting incentive doesn’t mean educated choices
Dr. Mark Osterloh is being optimistic (and naive) if he thinks non-voters will take the time to learn about the candidates and issues if they decide to vote.
With such a large monetary incentive, a $1 million lottery, many people will go unprepared to the polls and vote randomly (eeny, meeny, miney, mo) for any candidate or issue just to have a chance at the $1 million.
Chasing American dream shouldn’t include plunder
Re: the Monday article “Man dies in foothills robbery try; 2 sought“:
The crime that illegal immigrants bring is no longer limited to Tucson’s South Side.
These criminals plunder everywhere once they cross the border.
I know law enforcement has more criminals to deal with than people. More people in law enforcement is the answer.
Our courts are ineffective because they turn some dangerous criminals loose to plunder more!
Phoenix has a lot of crime, but its sheriff doesn’t play games with illegal immigrants. The Pima County sheriff shouldn’t tolerate them, either.
When a contractor shows up at my home with people who can’t speak English, I ask them to leave.
My country is too important for me to look the other way and let illegal immigrants work on my property.
I have compassion for those who need a better life. Yet there are legal ways to come to America.
Let there be no exceptions!
FRANKLIN D. KESTNER SR.
Benefits to U.S.-born kids show troubling disparity
Re: the Los Angeles Times story in your paper July 29 (“Family of 8 adds 4 more – Struggling migrants add quadruplets, multiple woes”):
The husband has lived here 28 years, and the wife 22 years, both as illegal immigrants.
They don’t speak English.
They don’t have Social Security numbers, so they don’t pay into Social Security. Please tell me how their children get Social Security.
I have a 5-year-old grandson with cerebral palsy. My daughter has tried to get Social Security for him and has been turned down.
I would like to know what makes the illegal immigrants in California more special than my grandson, and whose Social Security they are getting.
Flagg would be effective forming Mexican union
Re: the July 27 guest opinion (“Activist for needy airs company’s dirty laundry“):
Having been one of the biggest critics of Brian Flagg, who many times has appeared more to enable itinerate homeless people, I was impressed to read of the work he is doing on behalf of Milum employees and to protect the public.
Brian could be very effective in forming unions to represent the Mexican slave labor.
It is shameful how employers have exploited illegal immigrants, holding the hammer of deportation over their heads.
These employers also have exploited local, state and U.S. treasuries, as we provide food stamps, medical care and welfare.
Brian has succeeded in testifying before politicians who furnish the tax dollars needed for his work, and I have faith he could do some good on behalf of us all, citizens and illegal immigrants.
Fewer illegal immigrants would come if they knew that illegal employment had dried up, and other immigrants could be assured of jobs that would pay a living wage.
Cracking down on employers is more important than just shipping people back and forth across the border, saving the taxpayers while creating a work force to contribute to their existence in this country.
Brian would give good leadership with purity of purpose, where other organizations have just created more social services and no cure to the problem.
Good money after bad tied to illegal immigrants
Re: the July 24 editorial “Minutemen can’t control their own funds“:
Your writers declare the Minuteman Project ineffective.
That is true, but they can do only what the law allows.
If each were issued a rifle with five rounds and told “defend our borders at all costs,” they would be effective.
The thousands crossing the border each day would be reduced to single-digit numbers.
Then you’d have to be sympathetic to the Minutemen, because they would be standing in a line that stretched to Minnesota. Just waiting their turn.
Your writers are concerned that more than $1 million was donated to the unit, and no one has accounted for every dime.
Officials only now are trying to find out what happened to the billions for survivors of 9/11 and whether the millions for Hurricane Katrina were misspent.
The writers complain about the border wall. That is what it will take to stop the invasion.
If Congress would accept its responsibility and stop playing politics, it could all end immediately.
Congress interfered with enforcing the law by not deporting those who immigrate illegally.
As long as they hold out a carrot (amnesty), thousands will cross to be here when it happens.
I presume your writer has no problem with thousands sneaking across for free social services, especially medical care.
For the rest of us, health care has at least tripled in cost because of all the unpaid treatment for illegal immigrants.
Ubiquitous news agency seemingly knows all
Let’s scrap our intelligence agencies. Who needs them? The Associated Press knows all! Or at least thinks it does.
No WMDs in Iraq? The AP must have had a mole in Saddam’s Cabinet! It’s a big desert, and Saddam had plenty of time to hide the WMDs or send them to Syria.
Of course, those photos of slain Kurdish villages must have been faked and the many drums of “pesticides” stored beside ammo dumps must be a coincidence.
If you believe that, I can get you a very good price on that bridge across the Hudson River.
JOHN F. SUKEY