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.
October 22, 2004
"I was in my YMCA class today and we were talking about the new Starbucks that is going to be in Hagerstown. Where exactly is it going to be? I would really like to know. " "If John Kerry did so much in Vietnam, then why doesn't he want anyone to see his military records? Yes, I am a Democrat, but I am not stupid. " "To the uninformed Republican who said Republicans don't steal Kerry signs. Really, I have already lost two Kerry signs. It seems that the Republicans may be a little worried.
May 21, 2006
Common-sense approach needed on immigration To the editor: There seems to be a group that expects to march 11 million illegal aliens to the Mexican border in front of a wall of bayonets. This is a ridiculous fantasy that will not happen. These people are here, many of them are needed and we should use a good common sense approach to resolve the problems involved. 1. Identify the illegal aliens. No blanket amnesty. 2. Classify responsible workers, the irresponsible shiftless and the criminals.
April 29, 2009
Flu has local officials on alert Will flu outbreak become a pandemic? WASHINGTON (AP) -- Virulent swine flu spread to 10 U.S. states from coast to coast Wednesday and swept deeper into Europe, extending its global reach as President Barack Obama mourned the first U.S. death, a Mexican toddler who had traveled with his family to Texas. Total American cases surged to nearly 100, and Obama said wider school closings might be necessary. The World Health Organization said the outbreak is moving closer to becoming a full-scale pandemic.
August 12, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Determined to show a commitment to stopping the flow of illegal immigrants, the Senate convened a special session Thursday and passed a $600 million bill to put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border. The voice vote in the nearly empty Senate chamber sends the legislation to President Barack Obama, who has urged Congress to channel more money toward border security amid complaints from border states besieged by undocumented immigrants and illegal drug trafficking.
April 27, 2000
If there's one thing that makes me crazy, it's delays. cont. from lifestyle When we're planning an outing with people and they show up late, it really pushes my buttons. If I plan my evening around getting home at a certain time and end up in a stream of brake lights on Interstate 81, I can feel my precious time sinking into my stomach. Imagine my surprise when, on a recent vacation in California, I learned that delays can be precious gifts. On the second full day of our visit, my husband and I trotted down the road in our rental car on a journey to the Salton Sea. We were curious to see this body of saltwater looming amid the cactus and sand in the desert of Riverside County.