Updated: 8:22 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2010 | Posted: 8:21 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2010
Readers Write 04/27
States being forced to handle the issue
In “Immigration battle brews” (News, April 25), President Barack Obama is quoted as saying (regarding the new law in Arizona) that the failure to enact immigration reform in Washington left the door open to the “irresponsibility by others.” Doesn’t he mean the failure to enforce immigration laws already in place? It is the federal government’s irresponsibility that led to Arizona passing a law to deal with severe problems caused by illegal immigration. Legal immigrants add color and texture to our society, while illegal immigrants are the source for so many problems. Since the federal government isn’t dealing with this problem, states are being forced to handle it themselves.
Jamie Romano, Roswell
Story of Detroit shows failures of Great Society
David Runk failed in his attempt to put a positive twist in his “Urban farms take root in Detroit” (News, April 25). This Detroit inner-city farming story tells just how miserably Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society has failed.
I worked in Detroit in the late 1940s, when Detroit was a “mecca” of employment potential. It drew workers by the millions. Coleman Young was later elected mayor. His administration became corrupt, adopted Johnson’s socialistic Great Society agenda and transformed a once-proud Detroit into a city in ruins. If America wants to see where President Barack Obama and his cronies are leading America, take a look at Detroit — and then weep.
Donald Conkey, Woodstock
Investigative articles better than ever in AJC
Notwithstanding my recent complaints about some of your reporting, the April 25 edition of the AJC was outstanding. All of your investigative articles — cheap bonds, Ben Roethlisberger, lax regulation of adoptions — were excellent examples of what local journalism ought to be. For the first time ever, I spent more time reading the AJC than The New York Times. Thank you! Please keep up the great work. I’ve been reading since 1991 (with a seven-year gap while I lived in New Jersey). Your paper has never been better (but I’ll still complain from time to time.)
Doug Maio, Roswell
Debate the ‘Fair Tax’? Boortz, I’ll take you up
When I opened up my Atlanta Journal-Constitution Saturday, I was surprised to learn that Neal Boortz had challenged me to a debate on his “Fair Tax” proposal — surprised because Boortz never bothered to contact me about such a debate (“Plain speaking about the Fair Tax,” Opinion, April 24). So, I’ll respond to his offer in the same manner that he made it — right here on the AJC Opinion page.
Sure, Neal, I’d be happy to debate you. But let’s not limit this to just students in one class. Let’s ask some campus organizations like the young Democrats and College Republicans to co-sponsor a debate that would be open to the entire community, including students, faculty, interested members of the public and the media. I look forward to hearing from you.
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