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Old 09-11-2007, 11:05 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Subject: Fw: A great Letter to the Editor about Immagration


>>>ORANGE COUNTY (CALIFORNIA) NEWSPAPER
>>>
>>>
>>>This is a very good letter to the editor. This woman made some good
>>>points. For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their
>>>arguments when arguing against supporting the currently proposed
>>>immigration revisions. This lady made the argument pretty simple.
>>>
>>>
>>>Orange County Register refused to print the letter...................
>>>
>>>
>>>Newspapers simply won't publish letters to the editor which they either
>>>deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not agree with the
>>>philosophy they're pushing on the public.
>>>
>>>This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been
>>>published; but, with your help it will get published via cyberspace!
>>>
>>>
>>>New Immigrants From: "David LaBonte"
>>>
>>>
>>>My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC
>>>Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to "print" it
>>>myself by sending it out on the Internet.
>>>
>>>Pass it along if you feel so inclined.
>>>
>>>Dave LaBonte (signed)
>>>
>>>
>>>Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange
>>>County Register:
>>>
>>>
>>>[MONTEREY HERALD EDITOR, START HERE...]
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>Dear Editor:
>>>
>>>
>>>So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is
>>>made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down
>>>the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being
>>>treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports
>>>of entry.
>>>
>>>
>>>Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like
>>>Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of
>>>immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas
>>>of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and
>>>stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get
>>>down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to
>>>uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They
>>>made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and
>>>some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
>>>
>>>They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new
>>>life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate
>>>into one culture.
>>>
>>>
>>>Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to
>>>protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had
>>>brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity. Most of their
>>>children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along
>>>side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy ,
>>>France and *** an None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any
>>>thought about what country their parents had come from. They were
>>>Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were
>>>defending the United States of America as one people. When we liberated
>>>France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or
>>>the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only
>>>Americans. And we carried one fla g that represented one country. Not one
>>>of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another
>>>country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have
>>>been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
>>>These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred
>>>the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.
>>>
>>>And here we are in 2007 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same
>>>rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a
>>>different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a
>>>guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry, that's
>>>not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants
>>>who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that
>>>for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations
>>>to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for
>>>a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as
>>>an example by those waving foreign country flags.
>>>
>>>And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it
>>>happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration
>>>bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just
>>>yet.
>>>
>>>(signed) Rosemary LaBonte
>>>
>>>KEEP THIS LETTER MOVING!! I hope this letter gets read by millions of
>>>people all across the nation!!
>>>
>>>(PS From Bill: My Father and Mother each, individually, immigrated here
>>>from Europe. My father served in theU. S. Army during the first World
>>>War. English was the only language spoken in our household.) What
>>>prevails now is disgusting!)
>>
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Old 09-11-2007, 02:51 PM
 
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Stunning letter---And such a tragedy (and I'm not exaggerating--I said a "tragedy") that this is the kind of stuff we censor. Words fail me. Believe it or not, the Orange County Register is relatively conservative on most issues (!).

What an inexcusable shame that this letter was "kept quiet" for fear of controversy. Sure sound like plain old intimidation to me, answered with a huge dose of quivering editorial cowardice. If anyone wishes to know just how our society has been degraded, he should be given a copy of this letter---and then informed as to what "The Press" did about it.
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Old 09-12-2007, 05:47 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Yes Mac, I totally agree! That is EXACTLY why I have posted this letter up here....if the newspaper can't print it "I" can.
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