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February 13, 2001

Letters to the Editor 2/13



Close down the Mexican border



To the editor:

The U.S. Senate is taking up a pathetic and economically suicidal guest workers program. It could start legalizing millions of undocumented Mexican workers as early as 2002.

Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, who has in the past consistently opposed immigration and labor law reforms has now sold out. He is now calling for quick action on a guest worker treaty. Maybe you should become a Democrat, Gramm. You sure are acting like one.

Gramm said he remained opposed to illegal immigration but recognized the need to improve working conditions for millions of Mexicans in the U.S.

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For one thing, where is the logic in legalizing illegal Mexicans to deal with immigration problems? That makes about as much sense as legalizing convicted child molesters and rapists in order to ease the prison overpopulation problem. For another thing, why should we be concerned with the working conditions of criminal foreigners? Yes, illegal Mexicans are criminals. Should our next concern be with the working conditions of other criminals such as drug dealers and pimps?

There are over three million undocumented Mexicans in the U.S. right now. That is three million foreign lawbreakers stealing jobs from our citizens. We cannot support an unlimited flow of immigrants. Mathematics and logic tell us that is not possible. Let's not let the land of milk and honey become a third world nation.

Our government should be doing everything in its power to protect our citizens. Part of this protection should be the halting of drug smuggling across the U.S./Mexican border. More lenient immigration laws make it easier for the drug cartels to transport their product onto our soil.

Listen up, senators. Do you really want to do something about the immigration problem, which will also help curb the drug problem? The answer is very simple. Put up a fence with armed gun towers every hundred yards and close down the border. Let Mexico fend for itself. We have our own problems to deal with.

Dave Hull

Washington, Pa.




Support needed for disabled hunters



To the editor:

For most of my life I have been an avid deer hunter.

In 1999 due to some extreme medical problems I became disabled.

In 2000 I attempted to resume hunting. I soon became acutely aware that there are very few areas in Western Maryland where the Department of Natural Resources have put forth much effort to accommodate the disabled hunter.

I have expressed in writing to the DNR my concerns regarding this matter. I have asked the DNR to open more areas for the disabled and properly maintain them.

I have also asked that both public and private lands remain open to the disabled for the duration of the respective hunting seasons and that the disabled be permitted to harvest both antlered and antlerless deer throughout the deer seasons instead of having split seasons as they now do.

I will be happy to send you a copy of my letter to the DNR if you call 301-733-8561.

If you are a hunter who has given up the sport because of a disability or if you know someone in a like condition who would like to participate again, please take the time to write to the following:

Bob Beyer, deputy director, Wildlife and Heritage Division, Maryland DNR, 580 Taylor Ave. E-1, Annapolis, Maryland 21401; and Debbie Heller, coordinator, ADA, 580 Taylor Ave. C-3, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

Please feel free to refer to my letter to the DNR, but of course your own words will be just as important.

Should you wish to explore this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ron Hovis

Hagerstown




Petsmart helped bassets find homes



To the editor:

On Saturday, Feb. 10, our local Petsmart hosted an adoptathon for Basset Rescue of Old Dominion (BROOD) and German Shepherd Rescue. BROOD would like to thank Petsmart publicly for for its commitment to help us find homes for these abused and neglected animals.

They provided us with shelter, space, and friendly support during our three hour stay. And thank you to the many Pet Smart customers who stopped by, donated money, petted the dogs and filled out applications to adopt. We couldn't have done it without all of you. Thanks to your generous support, these animals will soon be living the lives they deserve.

Those interested in learning more about basset hound adoption can check our Web page: BROOD-VA.org.

Diane Morgan

Secretary BROOD

Williamsport

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