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Border crackdown wasteful misspending on immigration

Senate tea party “fiscal conservatives’ ” plan is to throw an additional $46 billion on fences, electronics, Apache helicopters, etc. and double again the border patrol. They call it a surge because I’m assuming the surge worked so well in Iraq. This is of course above and beyond the billions in current spending.

They also want the government to prove that 90 percent of the border crossers are caught and returned before the 13-year citizenship process can begin. How will the government prove a percentage like this?

This plan will never work and is only a wasteful misuse of tax dollars (some would say pork to border states) to maintain the status quo of cheap, illegal workers with no rights and protections. The promise of a job is what brings Latin Americans across the border. Therefore, the responsibility should lie with the criminal employers.

The most cost-effective way to shut down illegal immigration is to spend money, not on border security, but to enforce the laws already on the books. Correct problems with E-verify. Track down duplicate Social Security numbers. Fully fund ICE/IRS enforcement, and start prosecuting and fining the employers who are hiring employees under the table.


Trees or flowers Ė now thatís art

I agree with George Kirby, whose letter (“Junked piece of artwork ready for recycling”) appeared in the June 25 Journal Gazette, and with others who wrote earlier. Thank heavens that orange monstrosity was knocked down. What an eyesore. As Kirby said, let’s plant a beautiful tree or some beautiful flowers. Now that’s art.


Itís not about art, itís about property rights

I have noticed lately many letters against repairing the damaged art sculpture and few in favor of it. The “cons,” if you will, all seem to be based on a negative opinion of modern art. Actually, the issue isn’t about critiques so much as it is about property rights.

I’ll admit, I don’t know who owns the sculpture (museum, city or artist loaning it out); however, if a drunk driver crashed into your yard and damaged your property, wouldn’t you want it repaired, replaced or to receive recompense for damages if it couldn’t be repaired or replaced?

That sculpture is someone’s property; aren’t they entitled to the same rights as anyone else?


VAís service, care earn five-star rating

In early 2012 I discovered I qualified for veterans’ benefits and was scheduled soon thereafter for tests. From that time on I have been diagnosed and treated at least a dozen times at the VA – all but two or three times in Fort Wayne and the others in Marion. Only once was I disappointed somewhat during a brief review interview. But nearing 80 years of age, I’ve learned even the best among us can occasionally have bad days (And I may have been a little foggy that day, too).

Every other time I have been at the VA, everyone has treated me very well – from my initial check-in to my final checkout and all stops in between. In fact, we are offered rides from our cars to the VA entrance before checking in. Clerks, nurses, doctors, volunteers, janitors, aides – everyone has impressed me as being truly concerned about the welfare of those of us who have served. That care and kindness shows in the café and gift shop workers, as well.

I’m sure some GIs have been disappointed – expecting more than they qualified for. And some clients probably have chips on their shoulders and complain unjustly, at least now and then.

I don’t know what the VA was like several years ago, but I can tell you that today the Fort Wayne VA is an A-1 service organization for ex-GIs and has earned a five-star rating in my book.