Let’s re­mind rep­re­sen­ta­tives we also want good cov­er­age

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Charles D. Carter Phillip Spara­cino Mar­garet Ca­bana Richard T. Kurek Frank Cupolo Ben Per­rone

As if the fact that mug­gers, rapists, and thieves hid­ing among the flock of those seek­ing asy­lum wasn’t enough of an ex­cuse, the fact that a measles out­break in Rock­land County should cause us all to take a mo­ment of pause and ask our­selves what are we wish­ing for if the wall does not get built?

Funny how those who are clam­or­ing for the flood­gates to open grant­ing ev­ery­one who en­ters amnesty, live in gated com­mu­ni­ties and are strug­gling for po­lit­i­cal power.

While Amer­i­can his­tory is steeped in tra­di­tion of al­low­ing im­mi­grants to en­ter at El­lis Is­land, many for­get that this re­quired proper vet­ting. El­lis had rooms off to the side, where im­mi­grants sus­pected of hav­ing an ill­ness, were sub­jected to in­tense med­i­cal scru­tiny.

Dis­eases once thought ex­tinct in Amer­ica due to in­tense vac­ci­na­tion pro­grams are now reap­pear­ing and I won­der if suf­fi­cient med­i­ca­tion even ex­ists to treat an­other pan­demic should one break out.

The fact that a bio-ter­ror weapon could be leashed upon un­sus­pect­ing Amer­i­cans should make those who do not be­lieve that their chil­dren should be vac­ci­nated while they can think twice be­fore al­low­ing fear to over­rule logic.

While the wall may seem ex­treme to some, it is clear that im­mi­gra­tion re­quires an over­haul be­fore we al­low thou­sands to en­ter and over­come the re­sources of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties that are ill pre­pared to han­dle the bag­gage they bring with them. We must put pol­i­tics aside and in­sist that Wash­ing­ton find a long-last­ing rem­edy that goes way be­yond our bor­ders, or be­come a Third World na­tion in­ca­pable of help­ing it­self, with nowhere to turn.


In­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism ex­poses lazy law­mak­ers

Just when you thought our politi­cians could stoop no lower, a re­port pub­lished by USA To­day and The Ari­zona Repub­lic will val­i­date just how worth­less they truly have be­come.

The re­port in­di­cates that thou­sands of bills writ­ten by spe­cial in­ter­est groups are dis­guised as work of law­mak­ers to qui­etly ad­vance the agenda of those who wrote them.

More than 2,100 of some 10,000 of these bills were signed into law.

These copy­cat bills are not the work

East Amherst Health care is a big is­sue these days.

The health care pro­gram that mem­bers of Congress en­joy has been talked about for years – not for its lack of de­cent cov­er­age, but for its rep­u­ta­tion as the Cadillac of plans. The same con­stituents that voted these peo­ple into of­fice, now worry that their own health care will be re­duced in op­tions or in­creased in dol­lars.

This would be an ex­cel­lent time for con­gres­sional mem­bers to bring their cov­er­age into what the vot­ers have al­ways been look­ing for – an even play­ing field.

A short note to your mem­bers might be all it takes to re­mind them that we think, we write and we vote.


In­stead of re­peat­ing probes, let’s teach kids proper val­ues

Re­cently we had a per­son com­plain about the cost of the Mueller re­port. Then he sug­gested we should in­ves­ti­gate Hil­lary Clin­ton and her foun­da­tion.

Ap­par­ently, that per­son for­got we in­ves­ti­gated that foun­da­tion and the Beng­hazi in­ci­dent with­out any­thing be­ing re­vealed. Now that per­son wants to spend more of the tax­pay­ers’ money on an­other in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

How about we spend some time with our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren and ex­plain to them that no­body should crit­i­cize other peo­ple and mock their phys­i­cal stature; es­pe­cially when they have the gov­ern­ment be­hind them. How will the fu­ture of the United States look if we don’t show them what’s right and wrong!


We must sup­port church in its present time of need

In re­ply to the ex­cel­lent March 25 let­ter, stat­ing that Catholics should not lose faith and should con­tinue to be­lieve and sup­port the church. I agree!

The church is not per­fect and nei­ther are we. We are dis­ap­pointed with the church and I am sure that we have dis­ap­pointed the church, but the church did not aban­don us.

Let us not be S/L Catholics – short hand for giv­ing and long hand for tak­ing. The church pro­vides us with re­li­gious ser­vices to as­sist us to grow in our faith and we in turn must sup­port it so it can.


Wealth-build­ing ‘strate­gies’ help the pres­i­dent get richer

Maybe one of the ways that for­tunes are made, es­pe­cially when a lot of money is in­volved, is that you can claim a lower amount than you ac­tu­ally owe and wait years for the “au­dit” to be com­plete be­fore you have to pay up.

In the mean­time, you can use that money to in­vest and make more, for you. Is this your tac­tic Mr. Pres­i­dent?


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