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Letters to the Editor

August 20, 2010

Citizenship clause must be repealed



To the editor:

It is way past time to repeal the clause in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that grants citizenship to anyone born within our borders. The rest of it must be retained.

If a pregnant woman can walk in, fly in, parachute in or otherwise get into our country, her child born here is a citizen with all of the benefits thereof. That great incentive for illegal entry can be removed by a constitutional amendment.

The long, laborious process to accomplish that could be started by a flood of appeals to our congressmen and congresswomen. It might be that there are a few men and women in Congress who are brave enough and energetic enough to shoulder the burden of amendment and thereby remove a clause, written in 1868, not for the people of the world, but for former African-American slaves who had been denied citizenship even when they were free.

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If everyone in America sent an e-mail or snail mail to Congress, it could be the impetus to move that august body toward real, comprehensive immigration reform that would, out of necessity, include a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That amendment would have to codify how and to whom citizenship is granted.

Vance L. Creech
Boonsboro




Munson's ability to cooperate gets reader's vote



To the editor:

As we move toward the primary election that will determine whether Del. Christopher B. Shank or incumbent state Sen. Donald F. Munson will be state senator, I hope we will remind ourselves that Annapolis is not Washington County. Maryland is a state where the Democratic Party predominates.

To be effective, our representatives - yes, even our Republican ones - need to be able to work within that reality.

Shank prides himself on being a conservative who does not compromise. That is supposed to attract us to him. But a person can make a reputation for himself by holding rigidly to an ideology and yet find himself marginalized.

A successful legislator finds common ground with others in order to propose and enact legislation that stands a chance of becoming law.

I am convinced that Munson is much more adept at doing this than his opponent, and I would not call his style "compromise," but sensible willingness to meet others and cooperate with them, even if it means not getting 100 percent of what one would like.

To me, it is important that our representatives in Annapolis function effectively rather than hold to a reputation for extremist views. Don Munson can be assured of my vote.

Thomas L. Perry
Williamsport

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