Letters to the Editor

Letters on immigration reform, bad roads, Braeburn Golf Course

Allow a vote on immigration bill

I find it ironic that I have read numerous complaints in the newspaper about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., not allowing bills to come to the floor for a vote, yet House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will not allow a Senate-passed bill on immigration (a bill supported by both parties) to come to a vote in the House because the tea party members object. In essence, they are holding the Americans citizens hostage.

The majority of people want an immigration bill. It seems wrong to me that a small group can wield so much power over the rest of us. The bill should be allowed to be debated and voted upon. Those who object can vote “no.”

Latinos do vote, and they are increasing in numbers in our country. Tea party members should pay attention.



Fix the system

Given that the United States needs to control immigration, it’s odd that we’ve stacked the decks against enforcement of laws that would help us accomplish that.

We can’t deport families as we did in the past, because we now grant citizenship to children born in the United States. This is a relatively new interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Most other developed countries do not have such policies.

Many factions within the United States are opposed to having a national ID card that would facilitate sorting out who is here legally and who isn’t. Their reasons are as varied as their ideologies – it would be an invasion of privacy, it would deprive us of our freedom, or it would smack of racism or Nazism. Most other developed countries do have national ID cards.

And given that many of the Hispanics who reside here are here illegally, racial profiling makes a lot of sense. It gets a lot of opposition, because some think it is racist. No one should ever be abused or mistreated, but we should check status.

No, we shouldn’t grant amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants and their children. Yes, we should fix the system.



About families

Comprehensive immigration reform is about people, love and families. Currently, it takes several years for families to be reunited through any family-based legal immigration process. The separation of millions of families and the emotional toll this brings are a direct consequence of our country’s broken immigration system.

We are a nation that respects family values and values families. Our immigration policy should reflect that.

Nevertheless, immigration reform isn’t just about families and livelihoods; it is an economic imperative. Reform would save our country $900 billion over the next 20 years, increase Social Security and state tax contributions significantly, raise business demand and spending, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs per year.

Moreover, I believe it should be easier for companies in the United States to attract the world’s brightest who wish to immigrate legally, work in specialized fields, and contribute fully to our economy. Currently, the number of H-1B visas is not sufficient given the demand. I read that 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants. We need that entrepreneurial spirit and drive.

Our nation is built on the backs of immigrants, and through commonsense immigration policies our nation will continue to thrive.



Roads need work

I recently traveled home to Wichita from Colorado on a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. The bridge roadways do not match up to the interstate roadways. The gaps at some of them are bone-jarring.

I also drive for Avis Rental to Kansas City and Oklahoma. The “speed bumps” created by the seams between the bridge roadways and the interstate roadways are rough on cars, too. The damage to suspensions and tires has to take a toll that could put someone – especially someone who drives our roads frequently – at terrible risk.

I know Kansas has the resources to repair these hazards and avoid them on future bridge work.



Fond memories

I really enjoyed Bob Lutz’s Aug. 20 column for The Eagle about how he learned to play golf at Wichita State University.

Allow me to share how I learned to play golf.

In 1942 at the age of 12, I began to caddy at Crestview County Club (which became WSU’s Braeburn Golf Course), largely because of the influence of Mario Renteria, who was an assistant pro at Crestview at that time. Because of his influence, I and many other Mexican-American kids began to gravitate to Crestview to caddy whenever we could.

We learned to play golf by simply watching the good golfers play. On Monday mornings, we were allowed to play from sunrise to noon at no charge. Our golf clubs were hand-me-downs or discarded clubs that had wooden shafts and hard leather grips. We chopped and axed and swung at the little golf ball, and somehow managed to par two or three holes per round.

From this group of Mexican-American kids came some really good golfers, such as Joe Minjares, Auggie Navarro and Eli Romero, who became city golf champions. I never achieved such renown. I am now in my 80s and play an occasional round of golf.

I have many fond memories of Crestview Country Club, and I am greatly saddened to see it close.



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