God bless you all
I wanted to say Thank you to my family and friends for their
prayers. To Dr. Elerding, Dr. Tagge, Dr. Wrung and the Sunnyside Community
Hospital surgical staff for their healing touch during my surgery. And also, to
all the nursing staff that helped get me back on my feet.
May the Lord bless you all for all the care you give to our
/s/ M. Elena Gonzalez
This is in reply to the “What would Jesus do?” editorial in
the April 12 issue. Jesus would punish those who transgress the law and take
the law into their own hands. He will only allow things to be done that are
according to the law and commandments. It’s as simple as that.
/s/ Henry Timmermans
Stereotypes and misinformation
In response to the April 12
letter from Steve
Hagensicker, I am not surprised to see that he was stereotypical and
misinformed on legal and illegal immigrants alike. Being of Mexican decent, I
was angered by the way he portrayed my people and other immigrants to be.
We don’t expect laws to be ignored, just fair. How is it
that Americans are free to roam the earth with nothing but passports, but if
others try to do the same and come into the U.S., chaos erupts? Furthermore, we
wave our foreign flags in your face to show pride for our roots. It’s not our fault
everyone else has forgotten where their people originally came from and cannot
embrace their culture.
Control at our borders exists; however, it isn’t fair for
Americans to come and go as they please when others can’t do the same. I agree
with one point Steve made, which is for those here illegally to obey the laws.
It’s common sense, if you’re already here try your best to keep it that way.
Did Steve pay attention during history class in school? I
ask this, because I don’t agree that immigrants should learn to speak English.
If I remember correctly, his people came to America as uninvited immigrants as
well. They made no effort to learn the language of the people who were already
here, the Native “American” Indians. Instead they were kicked off their land
and made to learn the language and customs of foreigners, because they were
thought to be savages. Mexicans were also present on the West Coast when
Steve’s relatives arrived as well. As for public assistance, the system is
already set where only those with valid social security numbers and documents
are granted state aid. Caseworkers pry deeply into the lives of applicants
before releasing their firm grip on any funding.
All I’m saying is that if Steve’s ancestors had followed the
same guidelines he has set for today’s immigrants, he and the rest of his
fellow Americans would be speaking Spanish and/or tongue of the Native
/s/ Nancy Mendez