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THURSDAY, Jan. 24, 2008 www.postindependent.com
Charges dismissed against illegal immigrant
The front page of the Post Independent on Jan. 15 reports another incident by an illegal immigrant that went bad. If the charges could not be proved, why not charge them under Title 19, USC 1459 and or USC 1433? This law is written on signs all along the border between Mexico and the US. “Warning all persons and vehicles must enter the United States at a designated port of entry only. This is not a designated port of entry. Any person or vehicle entering at this point is in violation of Title 19 USC 1459 and or USC 1433 and is subject to a $5,000.00 penalty.” They could also face one year in prison. Does anyone know of an illegal immigrant being charged under this law? I received the Colorado State Legislative Update from the Chamber recently. Way down the page, you will find the one comment on illegal immigration. “Al White (R-Winter Park) a member of the Joint Budget Committee stated that he believes that the state has incurred more expense in implementation of the various laws passed during the special session of 2006 than savings realized by not providing services to illegal immigrants.” If this is true, then change the law. According to the Center for Immigration Studies website, this state could save $2 billion annually in taxes
that pay schooling, medical, socialservices and incarceration costs if the 500,000 illegal immigrants and their 300,000 children were sent home. If we could send this group home, 12,000 gang members would vanish in Denver alone. If we had secured our borders sooner, over 7,300 illegal immigrants would not have committed crimes against the citizens of Colorado. More important is the fact that if the illegal immigrants had not been allowed to enter the U.S., officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Did you figure the cost of human suffering and loss of life in making your comment, Mr. White?
Norm Shroll Glenwood Springs
Secure the elections
Let’s get the Emergency Assistance for Secure Elections Act of 2008 passed. It is essential to have fair and honest elections if we are going to continue to have any kind of representation and some semblance of a democracy. It’s time to stop the stolen elections that have marred elections since the Kennedy years.
Bob Keenan Carbondale
Before voting, a little research might change your mind
I generally opt not to write religious convictions. Mike about anything to do with poliHuckabee is a strong, fervent tics, but now that all the primarbeliever, and that facet of his peries and caucuses and debates sona is reflected in nearly every are all in the news, I took that as single speech he gives. Personalmy cue to start researching the ly, I take no issue with his beliefs potential presidential nominees. or that he was a preacher — For so long it has seemed just a good for him, but it’s the fact that decision between which silverhe wants everyone else to think spooned millionaire to vote for, the same way that irritates me. and it really doesn’t look like this A SIDE OF It’s rather presumptuous and upcoming election will be a BLATHER entitling to say that you want to whole lot different. However, I Christopher amend the constitution to reflect would still like to be somewhat Mullally “God’s standards.” That stateinformed as a voter- as I’m cerment immediately made him tain you do. There are reasons suspect to me. Since we lack any that people are drawn to certain candi- clear definition of “God’s standards” let’s , dates and not others, generally because just assume God speaks through Mike they reflect the way we think. One of them Huckabee and that we are supposed to I have been reading about I just wanted to believe in Him through the viewpoint and relay some of the information found about beliefs of a southern Baptist. The fact that him. That candidate is Mike Huckabee. he is so convinced that he has a direct Now I’m not writing this to try and con- conduit to God gives me a little déjà-vu to vince anyone of anything, or to say that our current president, and is very alarmany of the other people are any better or ing to me personally when anyone thinks worse, these are simply things I found out they have everything all figured out — and have seen and heard regarding this especially in matters of religion. He’s not man — any of which can be researched. running for Baptist preacher-in-chief is From what I know about Mike Huck- he? abee, he grew up in Arkansas where he There is a reason for the separation of became a Baptist preacher and later was church and state. I found a rather clever elected Governor. He is also an accom- quote from Benjamin Franklin, known for plished musician, but what I keep finding his clever quotes, but also known for being and reading is mostly centered around his one of the “founding fathers” of America. Franklin said; “When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ‘tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.” He’s certainly quite a bit smarter than I am, but I think most of us, whatever our respective religious beliefs or lack thereof, think that the concept of separation of church and state is generally a good idea. If we look over at the Middle East, some of which is ruled by sharia law, or the laws on which the people are governed based upon the Qur’an. Only very recently we will learn about how a victim of rape was given 200 lashes because at the time she was attacked, she was not accompanied by male members of the family, and apparently this is a great sin that I fail to understand. People there are still stoned to death, most of them women. This example, although not Christian, leads me to think this is not something that most people would be interested in. Most people would not like to be governed under a theocracy. Even if we only think about Christianity as the religion under which to build this theocracy, there are still myriad differences in belief inside of Christianity itself. Thomas Paine, John Adams, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and on and on all have very strong views that religion and government must remain entirely separate entities. Another little tidbit I learned about Mike Huckabee was simply that he unabashedly tries to appeal to the Council of Conservative Citizens. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, this particular group is classified as a “hate group” , and based on research already done by Max Blumenthal, the Council of Conservative Christians has in its “Statement of Principles” this sentence: “We oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races … through so called ‘affirmative action.’” This is nothing short of unbelievable that what appears to be another flavor of the KKK is being pandered to by someone running for president. This is just dangerous and sickening and something that people should be aware of. I could go on, but I’m trying to keep this to the point and factual. All of the things I have written previously are easily researchable, and I hope that if you have the inclination to vote for someone — just take a second to do a little bit of searching. It’s really quite interesting and maybe a little shocking about what you may find. Christopher Mullally works in the advertising at the Post Independent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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