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The Journal Gazette

September 21, 2016 1:00 AM


Immigrants searching for a better life

I get that people have entered the country without going through the legal process. Immigration law like any other should be obeyed. I want everyone entering to be known and to be a potential benefit as a citizen of this country.

The problem I have with following the letter of the law in this case is that, except for the grace of God there go I. If I lived in a lawless, poverty-stricken country and the safety and health of my wife and children were at stake every day, what would I do? I would apply for legal entry. Weighing the safety and health issues against the length and outcome of the immigration process, I would do what any father would do. I would take my family where it is safe and take my chances with the law. I would live a good, law-abiding life. I would work hard to be deserving of the safety that a country like the U.S. provides.

We can paint the immigrant population of this country with a wide brush of hatred, but for the most part they are exactly like you and me. This country for many years allowed immigrants into this country at an astonishing pace without regard for an immigration process. We wanted to know who they were and where they came from and that was it. It was to our benefit. We needed the labor force. We had a vast country that needed to be settled.

The world has changed, and we need a better understanding of who comes into our country. I get that. Please don’t be swayed by the rhetoric, look at the immigrants as you would the people sitting next to you in church. This is a kind and compassionate country. It has always been the place to seek safety and the chance to have a better life.

Dennis Powell

Fort Wayne

Estimate a little low

Shame on Hillary Clinton for saying that half of Donald Trump’s supporters are a basket of deplorables. She needs to be more accurate with facts and figures. I believe that the true number of deplorables is more like 53 percent.


Fort Wayne

Senator a poor choice for GOP dinner speaker

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has been selected as the keynote speaker for the GOP’s 2016 Reagan Bean Dinner.

For the life of me, I cannot understand why.

Cotton’s notable achievements include his semi-treasonous letter to Iran, multiple feel-good votes to honor the famous deceased (Scalia, Voinovich, Bennett, Wiesel, etc.) and resolutions to honor teachers. He voted to create a “National Airborne Day” (already done by President George W. Bush in 2001), and he agreed with a proposal by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, about designating a “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day”. Wow – he’s really been busy.

The only other activity of note includes a bill with multiple sponsors to kill anything related to the Affordable Care Act and voting for same when sponsored elsewhere. Both as a representative and a senator, Cotton has strongly advocated shutting the government down – a policy that usually causes more harm than good. Apparently, obstructionism is his meat and potatoes.

Essentially, Sen. Cotton is, as Spiro Agnew once said, “a nattering nabob of negativism,” so why do local Republicans want him as a keynote speaker? Is this their way of informing moderate Republicans, independents and Democrats that they will not work for the people of Allen County but will, instead, use Cotton’s “my way or the highway” model?

Patricia G. Stahlhut

 Fort Wayne