Letters to the Editor…
Opposing illegals not racist
Having read the article ‘“Passions unleashed with Minutemen visit’” of May 17, 2006 [by Jordan Green] I have a few comments I’d like to make. As a foreign-born legal American citizen I take extreme umbrage with people who would label me as a racist, fascist or a member of the KKK just because I disagree with a blanket amnesty for criminals who are squatting here in this country as illegal aliens. It appears clearly time and time again in any media coverage of this matter that a lot of people have a difficult time with the word ‘“illegal.’” I have yet to meet anyone who wants this invasion stopped and the illegals returned to their homelands who is against legal immigrants coming to this country. No one can question that this is a country of ‘“legal’” immigrants just as we are a nation with a legal system. We have laws to follow and when we break the law there are consequences for doing so. Conveniently most protesters obviously cannot grasp the fact that an illegal alien is not an immigrant rather they are foreign nationals who have slipped into this country without proper papers. We obviously have a lack of national leadership in addressing this matter.
I found the article to be balanced and I thank Jordan Green for actually calling the protesters what they claim to be, communists and anarchists, rather than giving them some candy-coated workers’ party title. I really did find some humor is this aspect of things as it whisked me back to the ’70s when I was making my way down the hallowed halls of academia on the GI bill. As I looked at the pictures of the protesters they appeared to be just like the communists and anarchists we had back then. Obviously few if any of the old gang from my day ever left the USA for the USSR or Cuba to become real communists nor will many of this batch. That’s the way it is with Commie wannabes, they love to stir the pot but only when they are pretty damn sure they will not have to live under the system they profess to love. This bunch is no different, little surprise that they hailed from institutions of higher learning. This should give some parents some idea of just what Dick and Jane are wasting Mom and Dad’s hard earned money on!
Regarding the Minuteman Project I think a lot of well-intentioned individuals are being labeled as racists when in fact racism has nothing to do with this problem. Even a blind man could see that if you want to discredit any group in this day and age you work your tail off getting the racism label to stick. Actually this group should be a wake up call for real Americans. We are losing the country so many gave their lives to defend. Our leaders are more concerned with globalism and what other tin pot countries think about us, rather than having a strong America. I applaud the Minutemen for they are attempting to save this country and our freedom, a stark contrast to those who oppose them whose only aim is the destruction of America. It might be wise to remember, ‘“When liberty is taken away by force, it can be restored by force. But when liberty is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered.’” ‘“Freedom is not free.’” Solve this problem now, arrest and deport illegal aliens where ever they may be.
Ian A. Millar
Big praise from
the Blues Festival
On behalf of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, I thank you for your platinum sponsorship of the 20th Annual Carolina Blues Festival.
It is indeed an honor and a pleasure to work with YES! Weekly at the Carolina Blues Festival. Once again your fine publication did a sensational job of publicizing our event. You two not only represent all that is right and decent with the newspaper industry, you are men of ideas and vision. Your creation of the Rock and Relax area was terrific, and the rock climbing wall appeared to be a big hit. My daughter did it at least twice, and I have the pictures to prove it!
Your sponsorship and support means so much to us and we appreciate you!
Forgive the lateness of this thank you note. After months of preparation and planning for the 20th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, I needed to try and resume a semblance of a normal family and day-job life.
Thanks again, and we look forward to working with you on number 21!
The writer is the president of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society.
Robinson lets mud fly
Well, it looks like the Republican ’06 muckraking campaign has begun. I just received a mailing from a Republican candidate for congress, one Vernon Robinson. Robinson apparently is taking lessons from Karl Rove: if you can’t run on the Republican record then assassinate your opponent’s character. Any lie or distortion of fact will do, as long as we don’t look at the facts.
After taking a shower, I still feel dirty from reading these eight pages of filth, slander and innuendo. The only way I could cleanse myself, it seemed, was to write this letter.
It turns out, according to Robinson, that even though Congress and the Senate are run by the Republicans, incumbent NC Democrat, our very own Brad Miller, is responsible for the corruption in Washington, DC. Apparently, according to Vern, Tom Delay, Jack Abramoff, Scooter Libby and Duke Cunningham are Boy Scouts compared to Brad Miller. But who is facing jail time, those Republicans or Miller?
Robinson has tried to shift the blame from the GOP to Democrats and Miller on every issue, thumping the Bible and waving the Stars and Stripes along the way. Who said patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels? Maybe it’s the first.
I think Vernon Robinson is a good decent man, who is misguided by the Republican strategists who are handling his campaign. Their practice is to sling so much slime at your opponent that the voters won’t look at the Republican record of greed, corruption, incompetence and downright indifference to the plight of the middle class, the elderly and the poor.
In the 2004 campaign John Edwards asked the question, ‘“Aren’t you sick of it?’” my question is, ‘“Will they get away with it?’” Sadly, they probably will.
As a registered independent who has not voted for a Democrat since 1992, I think Jo Boykins’ May 17th Local Vocal [‘“Democrats seeking the greater good’”] deserves a response.
In accordance with the proverb about paving the road to hell, good intentions alone are not enough to earn my vote.
Democrats often seem oblivious to the law of unintended consequences. For example, in the early 1960s illegitimacy rates in the US were in the single digits. In order to ease the burden on single moms the government began sending money to never-married mothers. The result, as any first-year economics major could have predicted, was a huge increase in illegitimacy. Since marital status is the single strongest correlation with child poverty, childhood poverty is on the rise even though huge sums of money have been thrown at the problem. Worse, the Democrats’ own special interest groups and their political correctness prohibit honest discussion of the problem.
Democrats also have to bridge the credibility gap with white men in general and Southerners in particular. Howard Dean’s 2004 comments about reaching out to people with gun racks and Confederate flag bumper stickers got my attention (although my pickup truck has no bumper stickers, I am of Confederate heritage and usually have a gun nearby). The pounding that he took from other Democrats indicates that I am not wanted in their party. If you don’t want my vote, fine, but driving away whole blocs of voters is no way to win elections.
Finally, Democrats need to lose, or at least conceal, their contempt for average Americans. This is exemplified by Boykins’ statement that Democratic leaders will ‘“decide what actions they will take once their rhetoric has won them elections.’”
Believe it or not, some of us out here in flyover country pay attention to issues. If you can’t tell me what actions you intend to take you won’t get my vote.
I am all for the greater good, but from crumbling housing projects, to disappearing traditional families, to out-of-control students, Democratic/liberal policies produce failure after failure in the name of good intentions.
Da Vinci Code
good for Christians
All month long (and on and off since The Da Vinci Code was written) evangelicals have come out in force against Dan Brown’s novel and its film adaptation [‘“Evangelicals seek to ‘un-code’ Da Vinci’”; May 24, 2006; by Amy Kingsley]. It is certainly a worthy cause for them to defend Jesus Christ’s divinity and celibacy (especially since historical fact is on their side); but perhaps in their zeal to discredit and defame The Da Vinci Code, they are missing the point. Dan Brown stated that his ‘“hope’” for the book was to ‘“serve as an open door for readers to begin their own explorations and rekindle their interest in the topics of faith,’” and yet Christians are passing up this incredible opportunity to use the ‘“Code’” to springboard public discussions of Christ and their faith.
There is another film coming out (a remake of 1976’s The Omen) with a premise so revolting, it should have evangelicals in a tizzy! Heralded as the fulfillment of a prophecy that ‘“His Day Will Come’” (according to taglines), the movie’s 6/6/6 release date is marked as ‘“Armageddon.’” The movie centers on a boy who is revealed to be the devil incarnate: the Anti-Christ; what his mission is, and how he will be stopped. Or aided.
I find it shocking that evangelicals would allow a film like The Omen to slip into theaters nationwide without a fight, even as they attack a movie that will only (and has; judging from box-office receipts) benefit from controversy (as The Passion of the Christ did). Especially when the latter film brings Christianity (an otherwise oft considered taboo) to the public spotlight, giving evangelicals a prime opportunity to share their faith.
It’s great to be zealous, but even Jesus instructed his followers to be ‘“wise as serpents;’” and maybe it’s time they pick their battles a little better. The R-rated Omen comes out next month. If ever a movie should be boycotted’… it’s this one.
Sam Van Eerden
Welcome back to
the Big Easy
Read your column [‘“Not easy returning to the Big Easy’”; May 24, 2006; by Brian Clarey] because I subscribe to Google news alerts. Glad you’re coming back. I work for Entergy, was re-deployed to Jackson, Miss. and returned only last week but must say it is wonderful to be back, problems and all. It’s not the same city but there’s still nothing like it. Don’t forget indulge in a dinner of crawfish etouffee at Le BonTon (they just opened again) served with flair by Ms. Joy, drinks at the Napoleon House into the wee hours of the morning and beignets when you stumble toward home at 5 a.m.
Don’t forget your headache and sinus medications (there are some pretty exotic mold varieties now, I think) and settle in for a delightful stay, despite daily reminders of Katrina that will tug at your heartstrings. There’s still no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home’….
Courts fail tenants in need
Dear Mr. Green
I thank you for the article on ‘“Summary Ejectment’” published in the May 24 edition. I must say you did get to the heart of the matter. But from a personal experience I would like to enlighten you on why many do not count on the court systems for help. I personally had such an incident with a past landlord who refused to make repairs to where I was living. At the time I was receiving section assistance with my rent. Section 8 refused to pay the rent due to needed repair to the exhaust system under the house, which had gas heat. Piedmont Gas had also notified the landlord of the needed repair that over a year he refused to repair. When the rent subsidy refused to pay the rent he then took me to court for refusing to pay the rent. I had nothing to do with his not receiving the rent, so I decided to pay the rent since I was going to be released from Section 8, being employed. He refused to accept the rent stating he would have to check with the agency. After determining I was right is when he decided to take me to court for back rent, still refusing to make the needed repairs.
I took the time and spent the money to go to court; the judge presiding didn’t even listen to what I had to say, wouldn’t even allow me to present the information I had to show the landlord was lying about the amount owed, didn’t make the repairs and on top of that took a refrigerator from the moving men stating it belonged to him, again could show where he signed stating that I owned all my appliances.
The end result was, I called the police at the time about the fridge, which they told me I had to take him to court for it, plus I now have a judgment on my record for non-payment of rent which is not true. Many of us already know the law is not for the tenant so why bother to spend unnecessary money to lose in court or to have the landlord to laugh in your face, which could probably make matters worse making some to commit assault.
I still thank you for the article; at least someone knows this is happening. I just wish the judges sitting on the bench would not make irrational decisions without giving the tenant an opportunity to be heard. They just might be right. Somehow innocent until proven guilty flew out the window on that one.
Anarchy in Louisiana?
I appreciated your article [‘“Anarchism rises amidst the wreckage of Katrina,’” by Jordan Green, May 31, 2006], including its positive view of anarchists and their participation in post-hurricane community solidarity efforts in the Gulf. As one anarchist who’s spent some time down there, though, I really cannot fathom how you drew the conclusion that Common Ground is an anarchist organization. There is nothing anarchist about the way it functions, at least not when I was last down there a month and a half ago. It is a hierarchal, authoritarian organization that acknowledges it is ultimately run by one person (!), who is a politician (!!), and which has very little transparency of process within the organization. This means not only are some people making decisions and handing them down for others to do the work, there is (or, again, was) no clear information being distributed in any way about not only who was making decisions, but why and how and etc.
I don’t care if there are a few kids around with circle-As on their pants. That is simply not anarchy by any stretch! Yes, Common Ground is doing some good work and supporting a community in struggle. It is also pursuing goals held by a centralized decision making body which is very obviously interested in building a machine-like organization with a leftist political agenda, which is manifestly authoritarian in structure. And they aren’t being honest about it. And I’m afraid your article isn’t helping spread a true or clear picture about the situation, which is a shame because it seems like you have a decent take on it on the whole, and it’s an important situation.
You also neglected to mention that ‘majority-white’ Houma and the surrounding area (Terrebonne and La Fourche parishes) are home to a number of indigenous communities who have been neglected even worse than the 9th Ward. And you could have pointed out the ecological aspects of it (biggest chemical spill in US history (estimated), 2nd biggest oil spill, etc). That is definitely going to emerge as one of the big stories; I’m not surprised it’s being ignored now though.
Anyway, thanks for reading this all the way through if you did. Really it’s not a bad article, but the A-word does not belong in the title because it’s simply not accurate. Nor is the way you incorporate it later.