Readers Write 06/03

All Americans take too much for granted

There is no doubt Americans are facing hard choices. I fear our biggest problem is ourselves. How many of us can truthfully say we keep well informed, vote in every election and contact our representatives regularly? 

Having never known a repressive government, Americans take too much for granted. We don’t howl until something stinks to high heaven and then we march to the polls and throw the rascals out, and go back to our busy lives. 

I’m an independent voter, and I listen to different news channels, read both liberal and conservative newspapers and magazines, and then try to form my own opinion and vote for the best qualified candidate. 

We need, as a people, to entertain the notion that no one party, movement or political philosophy has everything exactly right — and unite this country to be what America should be.

Sherrie Drake, Moreland

immigration

Obama, Holder don’t care what the law says

The piece by Kirk Adams (“The truth behind the Arizona immigration law,” Opinion, June 1) was very informative, but it did not address the actual reason for the turmoil surrounding SB 1070. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have no interest in what the law says. Yes, it does mirror existing federal law, and it has safeguards and no unconstitutional police powers. The problem is that Arizona intends to enforce its law, while the Obama administration (pandering for the Hispanic vote) has no intention of enforcing with resolve federal immigration laws that have existed for decades. And now, long-suffering Arizona has pushed a very inconvenient issue to the forefront that the Congress decided to avoid prior to the mid-term elections. The Dems know that an overwhelming majority of Americans support Arizona and want federal immigration laws enforced, and secure borders now — not after the elections. 

Gary L. Farmer, Kennesaw

environment

Other alternatives don’t cause death, suffering

As I was reading through all of the articles about the failure of BP to curb the flow of oil and the amount of death and destruction along the Gulf coast, I noticed again a glaring omission. There was no mention of the men and women who died in the explosion.

Our dependence on fossil fuels not only causes death in the wars we fight over it, but death also seems to have become acceptable collateral damage in the mere act of collecting the stuff, whether it be coal or oil. How many people have to die before we realize that we have other alternatives that don’t cause death and suffering to our planet, and our people? When are people going to learn that “drill, baby, drill” leads to “kill, baby, kill”? Someone please tell me, what will it take?

Jay Trevari is a vice chair for the Gwinnett County Democratic Party

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