Letters to the Editor

Posted: July 15, 2010

Column minimized immigration deaths

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post excoriates the governor of Arizona because she is concerned about people dying in the desert, including some who were decapitated. Milbank claims that there were no decapitations, and therefore the governor is overreacting. So, as long as a few hundred people die in the desert each year with their heads attached, everything is OK, according to Milbank ("Arizona's leaders resort to lies - and make their state a pariah," Sunday).

As far as U.S. citizens' being killed by illegals, he calls that "anecdotal evidence." I wonder: If Milbank's brother or daughter were killed, would he be so nonchalant?

Milbank also discounts Phoenix as a kidnapping capital because other parts of the world are much more dangerous. The fact is that Phoenix may not lead the world in kidnapping, but it does lead the United States, a by-product of illegal immigration.

By the way, three children of Mexican descent were found murdered in May. The authorities suspect drug trafficking may have played a role. The parents were illegal immigrants. The murders were by decapitation. But the murders happened in Milbank's state - Maryland - so maybe that doesn't count, either.

Philip J. Donohue



Many ancestors were welcomed

I take issue with supporters of Arizona's new immigration law. A photo in The Inquirer Sunday of a supporter holding a sign that read "what part of illegal don't you understand?" reminds me of conversations with various descendants of immigrants to this country. Citing that one's own relatives entered this country legally often implies a sense of superiority. I feel compelled to remind such people, as well as myself, that our Irish, Italian, and German ancestors entered this country legally - because they could.

If it were not possible to come legally to America, to what lengths would our ancestors have gone to provide a better life for their children and future generations?

Donna Wallace McFadden

Chester Springs

Sound the alarm about gas drilling

Why am I not surprised that yet another job in the natural-gas industry has gone to a former deputy chief of Gov. Rendell's ("Gas job for a 3d aide to Rendell," Tuesday)?

This is the third such job change involving Rendell's people going to work for companies drilling in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus Shale. We have had a well that exploded in Clearfield County and serious concerns on the part of the Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP had already noted hundreds of violations in the Marcellus Shale drilling.

I would have thought our state government and our governor would be protecting us. Yet, except for a bill by Rep. Greg Vitali (D., Delaware) to slow down the process of leasing state lands for drilling, no one is sounding the alarm.

Kate deRiel


Not exactly modest to a fault

Charles Krauthammer's comments about President Obama's lack of modesty are painfully accurate, especially when he reminds us of the convention-site Greek columns and his constant use of "my" this or that ("Obama's selective modesty," Monday).

I recently switched my party affiliation to independent and wish I could get my campaign money back.

Marilyn Steeg

Blue Bell

Solar panels just a start

Re: "History goes solar," Sunday:

It's wonderful to see historic buildings across Philadelphia adopting green energy and becoming certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

However, an even more important result of these projects is that clean-energy technology like solar panels and green roofs garners public interest when used in such prominent locations.

Projects like the solar panels on top of the Bourse are a monumental step for Philadelphia's electricity generation, but it's important to remember that it is still just a step, not a final destination, for a green-energy future.

Tim Luo

Clean energy campaign coordinator




Hold off on the loopholes

It appears that some New Jersey legislators just don't get it. Minutes after the property-tax cap was passed, they start talking about adding loopholes, when they should be closing the loopholes in the existing law.

I'm also curious about the reluctance to allow a constitutional amendment. Why do the legislators want the power to tax us more than we can afford to pay?

George M. Dick

Eastampton Township