A matter of time
Well, given the notoriety of the border crisis, it was only a matter of time before D.A. King of the Justin Inman Society reared up and blamed somebody. In the case of his anti-immigration rant “Immigration and the ‘children’...” (Telegraph, 8/15), this “Special to The Telegraph” was not all that special.
Indeed, the theme is always the same with King, a frequent contributor to right-wing and ‘hate the immigrant’ blogs: Be afraid, be very afraid. And, as with all their ilk, there is someone to blame, or in this case, many to blame. King takes out the blunderbuss (a fitting weapon for his level of critical thinking) and blasts Obama, Nathan Deal, the Georgia Legislature and, of all folks, a fellow dead since 1972.
Saul Alinsky, the dead guy King cites in his letter with, “This chaos (the border crisis) was created by Obama with the Saul Alinsky-designed intention of crashing the entire American immigration enforcement system” is a man who spent his entire public life trying to make living conditions better for the working poor across America from the 1940s through the ‘60s. He worked tirelessly for whites, blacks and all residents of inner cities. He was never interested in borders of any kind, only people of all kinds. He died in 1972. Nice shooting D.A.
Alinsky’s crime in King’s eye is that Saul was known as a community organizer. This is a person who tries to help give voice to the voiceless, hope to the hopeless, shelter to the homeless and food to the starving. Before the “greed is good” crowd took over our Ivy League colleges in the 1980s, this was considered a worthwhile life calling. Since Obama’s election, however, that person is considered politically lower than a whale poop collector. Shame on you King.
For those unfamiliar with Dustin Inman, he was a young man, just 16-years-old, when he was tragically killed in an auto accident in north Georgia in 2000. The at-fault driver, a Mexican immigrant in this country illegally, became the focus of all of the Inman family’s ire along with the government who “let this happen.”
As I have noted before, if the other driver had been a fat, bald, middle-aged guy of British ancestry, the Inman Society might be protesting the Union Jack wherever it flew.
-- Bob Carnot
No military experience?
A brief response to Jamie Cockfield’s suggestion that Michelle Nunn’s campaign is a joke. Fortunately, this election is statewide and won’t be decided by GOP gerrymandered districts.
As for her lack of military experience, many of our Georgia political leaders also have no military service background. Our forefathers were wise in leaving ultimate control of the military under civilian authority. And I say that as 20-year vet.
-- Carl Pirkle
Value up 550 percent
A little over a year ago, I bought one of the “blighted” houses built in 1925 on 2 acres with 1 1/2 half acres of swamp, full of cottonmouth snakes and other “blighted” houses on both sides, one of which was the house I was brought home to as a baby 62 years ago.
I agree this new city with a mayor and commissioners know no shame by having the tax assessors office with their board of education cronies increase appraisals. The grand jury should clean up their own house, all while “saying no increase in taxes.” They speak with forked tongue.
For over a year, by myself, I have continued to clean up these houses and repaired and replaced existing components all while supporting local businesses, Lowes, Pro-Build, Johns Mansfield, YKK for windows and others items while paying retail and taxes.
Taxes on my truck and trailer; taxes on the 20-foot camper I live in while working on this 89-year-old house.
This tax assessor and cronies simply used a house that sold within a five-mile area, and increased my taxes 550 percent. That’s 550 percent in one year from last year’s “fair market value.”
Many taxpayers know they can’t sell their properties for what are appraised values. In 2014, everybody should file an appeal and make this new city live within the true valuation. They let the air out of my sail.
-- Glenn Ray Asbell
The county government does not dictate appraisals. The Tax Assessors Office, which is governed by state law, handles appraisals.
On the same day ...
I believe all the attention that has been given to the killing of one African American young man is not going to solve the major problems we have with the killings of young black men in America. A great number of deaths in America continue to occur. Also, a great number of people protested the killing of one young man and rightfully so.
On the day Michael Brown was murdered can anyone give me the number of African Americans who were killed by African Americans? In all of the hundreds of years that have past, white Americans have been killing black Americans.
I personally believe that the only way we can stop the killing of African Americans by white Americans is that African Americans need to stop murdering African Americans.
-- Leroy Thomas
Simple border fix?
My solution to the border problem is very simple. The government of Mexico must be enlisted to help with this situation. The National Guard at the border is good, but why not add 50,000 active duty military. That would be 10,000 each from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and the Coast Guard.
While some would argue they could not be armed (posse comitatus) they can be supplemented by the 18,000-man border patrol who can be armed. The force can be placed along the border in tents to support the areas without a fence and can build more fence as well patrol the border. The Mexican government can be encouraged to do the same.
Anyone caught crossing the border would be detained, asked to produce documentation, fingerprinted, subjected to a retinal scan and a DNA sample and entered into a nationwide database. This info will also be sent to the Mexican authorities. These persons would also be checked for criminal warrants and appropriate dispensation.
The people who are detained for crossing the border illegally would be taken to a holding area close to a legal border crossing. The holding areas can be secure tent compounds with restrooms, showers and sleeping facilities, dining areas and be rated for a specific number of people. The cost for all of the above provisions would be calculated and a bill sent to the Mexican government.
If they fail to pay the bill the U.S. should immediately close all border crossings to north and southbound traffic. No rail cars or flights into or out of this country, no manufactured goods from anywhere until the bill is paid. Once the border is secure we can then interview and fairly process the illegals here, keeping some and sending some home after adding them to the database.
-- Hugh Couch