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Letters to the editor – Thursday (7-24-08)

A sad commentary on our government
Regarding the July 20 article “Business owner says illegal immigration costing local jobs”:
What a sad commentary on the way our government treats its citizens. Ron Wetzler of Olympic Drywall and Texturing sees his 40 years of hard work slipping away because law enforcement will not enforce laws against illegal immigration.
Mr. Wetzler was betrayed first by his own trade association, and then by every law enforcement agency between a spineless sheriff and a spineless U.S. president.
Equally appalling, we read of research publications out of the University of North Carolina extolling the many virtues and benefits showered upon us by the hordes of illegal immigrants flooding our schools, jails, hospitals and labor market. North Carolina citizens, apparently, just don’t recognize the blessings of illegal immigration.
The UNC faculty receives grant money to do research and then publish a lofty report on whatever conclusion a special interest group may be pushing ó and is willing to pay for. If a special interest has a high-sounding name, plus a catchy acronym, and the grant money to go with it, we could possibly see an erudite research publication on the hitherto unrecognized benefits of cancer in North Carolina.
ó Ed Tompkins
Salisbury
The Bush legacy
There are people who are counting down the days until President Bush leaves office. These people should prepare themselves to spend the next few years finding things Bush swept under the carpet.
President Bush has been financing the war by selling U.S. Treasury bonds to Japan and China. Billions of dollars worth. Yet he has American people thinking Mexican working in this country illegally are our biggest world problem after terrorism.
Despite Bush’s poll numbers, he has a cult following that has people believing the president can charge a war on a credit card. The unfortunate thing is that all of them think that they can just rip up the credit card and the debt disappears.
This country has taken on the mentality of President Bush. Not to mention his karma.
George W. Bush was president of his college fraternity. His fraternity was accused of abusing pledges during hazing incidents. Bush was governor of Texas. He executed more people as governor than any other governor in history.
When he became president, it seemed inevitable that the country would end up with terrorists, war and torture.
This country acquired George Bush’s persona. We need to start deprogramming now. And start learning about Asian culture.
ó Lutrell Hancock
Salisbury

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