Letters to the Editor

May 27, 2010

Jobs and immigration are linked issues

To the editor:

There seems to be some question as to what pressing issue Congress will tackle next - jobs or immigration. It is my belief that these two issues are tightly coupled.

It goes without saying that if the economy is to turn around, jobs must be created. But it is not government jobs that need to be created. We need jobs that allow individuals with all levels of skills to find employment and begin to expand the economy. Businesses will not expand if they don't have customers buying their products.

What is needed is putting money in the hands of those who will or need to spend it. I would like to see the FICA tax modified to remove its current cap and exclude the first $10,000 or $12,000 from taxes. This would provide spending money to those at the lowest income levels and take a little away from those at the top. These changes would only be for the employee. The employer would pay its share on all salary up to the current cap.


Arizona has enacted what is the strictest state immigration reform law. The same day that this proposal reached the Arizona governor's desk, the president stated that this is a federal issue and if not addressed at the federal level, radical (my words, not his) solutions will take place at the state level. It bothers me that the president realizes that this is a federal issue and his job is to enforce the laws, but the federal government is doing little to enforce existing law.

What is needed is immigration enforcement, not reform. We hear people using "undocumented" and not using "illegal." Is this part of immigration reform? Someone who enters this country illegally is a criminal. We hear of many reasons why people come to this country illegally. More often than not, it has to do with getting a job. Sounds like jobs and immigration are linked.

Immigration laws need to be enforced at the employer level. Companies that hire/employ individuals who are not in this country legally should be fined heavily for each person for each day. It needs to cost these companies more to hire a person who is here illegally than to hire a person who has come here legally or is a citizen. Someone here illegally will be taken advantage of and cannot complain or bring suit against an employer.

Clifford Lane

GOP committee member thanks Pa. voters

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to all who voted in the May 18 Pennsylvania primary election.

I would particularly like to express my gratitude to those voters who gave me the victory in retaining my seat on the Franklin County Republican Committee from the Greene 6 voting precinct.

I assure you that I will continue to support those conservative ideals and principles that the Republican Party represents and supports - lesser taxes, smaller government, pro-life issues and a Right to Work Law for Pennsylvania. In short, all of the liberties and freedoms that our founders gave us in the U.S. Constitution.

I also vow to support those candidates who stand for these same ideals.

Mary Burkholder
Franklin County Republican Committee
Chambersburg, Pa.

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