Letters to the Editor, Feb. 9, 2011

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Illegal immigration problem

The federal government is responsible for protecting the borders of the United States (“Immigration bill raises questions,“ Jan. 14). There are 20 million-plus illegal aliens in the U.S., an estimated 50 million projected within just a few decades. The federal government has failed to protect the borders.

For more than 70 years, politicians in Washington have let the nation down for lack of willpower. For more than 70 years, the “rule of law” on the issue of immigration has been ignored. “National sovereignty” means nothing to them. The Southwestern border is porous in spite of the great but thankless job the Border Patrol does there, and it is a shame.

Finally, the governor of Arizona took a stand. The law passed in Arizona, which permits local and state law enforcement to question persons about their citizenship, is being considered by any number of other states. It is about time, and it is about time Kentucky did the same thing.

There are many immigration issues and questions lawmakers have to consider. Advocates of illegal aliens stretch, spin, twist, divert and distort their cases in every fashion and form conceivable.

What will Kentucky do if there are no illegals to work in the fields or at McDonald’s? Lame. Policemen and other law enforcement will profile Hispanics. So let’s impugn the training integrity and quality of those officers who serve and sacrifice to make citizens safe.

When you go to a foreign country and the first thing you do is break a law, what would a normal person expect? Certainly not to be welcomed with open arms. Illegals may live in the shadows. What did they expect? Did they not know that they would be walking on eggs if they came here illegally? They do wrong, and they should be willing to accept the consequences of their action.

How can we consider ourselves a nation of laws if we cannot protect our borders and stem the massive, illegal entry of other nations’ nationals into our communities? Illegal immigration is out of control, and it is shameful our politicians do not have the politician will to end it now.

By the way, any illegal alien advocate who starts referring to our law enforcement personnel as Nazis will not endear him/herself to anyone.

Norma L. Cobb




Browns offer thanks


We would like to express our appreciation to this community for the many wonderful things that have been done since the loss of our home and our precious daughter in December. Although our daughter can never be replaced, the community has gone above and beyond to provide donations of clothes, money and household items, as well as birthday and Christmas gifts for our son.

We wish we could individually thank each and every person who has given in some way, but some of you remain unknown to us.

Just know that each act of kindness has been greatly appreciated. We would like to make special mention of Gary and Monica Warford, Heritage Elementary, Tim Arvin’s cold walk and all the publicity, Dzined by You for the shirts, all of the churches, Kentucky State Police, Mount Vernon Baptist Church (special thanks), CUB, girl Scout Troop No. 658, Hucks and Trackside in Waddy, Waddy Ruritan club, Red Cross, Operation Care, Hi Point Apartments and, last, Hall & Taylor.

We would also like to thank our friends and family for their love and support. We thank God every day for all He has done. We have truly been amazed at how the community has come together to support us. We never can thank you enough for what you have done. Just know it could not have been accomplished without you.

Brian and Tonya Brown




Animals need rights


If laws put people in prison that have tortured and/or killed an innocent animal, there wouldn’t be near the abuse cases and killings of human beings.

The poor, tortured cats that recently have been found in Louisville and around the area died a death that I can’t imagine for no reason. If the person who killed them is convicted but not put away, how sad for the precious animals. And, most likely, a person will die at his hands sometime in his life. Or maybe your child or a relative or friend. It is a fact that most killers started by abusing animals when young.

Animals have no rights in Kentucky. How embarrassing for our state and for our lawmakers.

Next major election, I sure don’t want to be approached or called unless candidates are willing to address this sad, pathetic situation and get these laws passed to punish the guilty who commit these horrific crimes on those who are helpless.

Linda Ethington




NAACP growing


Our state has 76 branches of the NAACP – our nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization – including college, youth and adult members. We in Shelby County have just seen a large increase in members, and we want to let those people know how they are appreciated, especially the large number from Clay Street Baptist Church.

I have been active in the community and as an NAACP member for more than 29 years, serving as an officer including president, which increased my knowledge significantly. But never in those years have I seen such a large increase from any one church. Way to go, Clay Street Baptist.

Debra C. Jordan, president

Shelby County NAACP