US should is­sue more tem­po­rary work per­mits

The Columbus Dispatch - - Opinion -

I hope that the tem­po­rary spend­ing bill will be­come per­ma­nent. Both sides must put aside their win-at-all costs think­ing and com­pro­mise. Democrats should not claim vic­tory.

Pres­i­dent Trump should put aside his ego and not add con­di­tions to ev­ery pro­posal. Both sides should re­solve to avoid this hap­pen­ing again.

Peo­ple should be paid for the work they per­form on time. The shut­down re­ally hurts peo­ple and the econ­omy.

A bar­rier of some sort may be needed for parts of the bor­der. Ask the peo­ple who live there and the Bor­der Pa­trol what they think is needed and will work.

Is­sue more tem­po­rary work per­mits. We have crops rot­ting in the fields and fish­ing boats in docks be­cause they need work­ers. Many who cross the bor­der il­le­gally just want tem­po­rary work. Make it eas­ier for de­sir­able im­mi­grants to come here.

Hold em­ploy­ers re­spon­si­ble for hir­ing un­doc­u­mented work­ers.

Help Mex­ico and other coun­tries in the Amer­i­cas sta­bi­lize their own economies. Tie trade deals to bet­ter wages.

Also, we could wage a “truth” cam­paign against the un­scrupu­lous who prom­ise to guide or trans­port work­ers to land of plenty. The truth is that many will die on the way and when they get here, they will be liv­ing in fear of the law. Legally en­ter­ing, they will get bet­ter wages and ben­e­fits.

Make asy­lum what it was meant to be and not just for want­ing a bet­ter job. Pub­li­cize this in other coun­tries.

Muerl Lid­dell, Wor­thing­ton

Do some re­search be­fore rais­ing gaso­line tax

I re­spond to the Fri­day Dis­patch ar­ti­cle “Dewine: State roads need money in ur­gent way.” Gov. Mike Dewine is talk­ing about rais­ing the state gas tax. As of this month, the Ohio gaso­line tax is 28 cents a gal­lon, ac­cord­ing to Be­fore any in­crease, I would like for State Trans­porta­tion Di­rec­tor Jack March­banks and Dewine to look at the gas tax in the state of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Penn­syl­va­nia has very bad roads, the same as Ohio. Its gaso­line tax is 58.7 cents a gal­lon. So with so much gas-tax money go­ing to the states for roads and bridges, where is the money re­ally go­ing? I re­mem­ber when gas cost 25 cents a gal­lon and the roads were in great shape. The turn­pike raised its prices and that money is to go to the roads, too.

Some­one needs to take a very close look at where the money is go­ing be­fore any taxes are raised.

Carl Fel­ton, Colum­bus

Driv­ing range even­tu­ally rises in cold weather

I re­spond to the As­so­ci­ated Press ar­ti­cle “Cold may slash elec­tric car range” in Fri­day’s Dis­patch. While the bat­tery range does drop if you heat or cool the cabin or drive at high rel­a­tive air speeds, more de­tail is needed. With my Chevro­let Bolt, the nom­i­nal range at full charge is 238 miles. One very cold day, the range was only 161 miles, but af­ter driv­ing for about 10 miles it rose to 182 as the bat­tery warmed, and it might have gone higher.

The seats and steer­ing wheel heat quickly but don’t draw no­tice­able en­ergy. With cabin heat­ing, the cost can go as high as 7 cents per mile. For most of the year, the range rises to around 325 miles. In sum­mer, I get around 5.5 miles per kilo­watt hour or less than 3 cents per mile. The vent fan is sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive since the ducts are not heated by the en­gine. Our charg­ing elec­tric­ity is from 100 per­cent re­new­able sources (AEP En­ergy).

With a fos­sil-fuel-pow­ered ve­hi­cle, since only about 25 per­cent of the en­ergy drives the wheels, ef­fi­ciency is so low that heat­ing, cool­ing or high rel­a­tive air speeds are not no­ticed, though the mo­torist is pay­ing for them.

Robert Grimm, Colum­bus

Agen­cies shouldn’t suf­fer be­cause of stale­mate

The Jan. 29 Dis­patch ar­ti­cle “Port­man, Balder­son seek to end shut­downs” showed that both con­gress­men are stan­dard cut-gov­ern­men­tat-all-costs Repub­li­cans. The main part of their bill sounds rea­son­able. If a bud­get bill can­not be passed for an agency, it would not shut it down, but would fund it at last year’s rate. So we would not have the in­con­ve­nience and wasted tax­payer dol­lars we had dur­ing the re­cent Trump shut­down.

The twist is that if a bud­get is not passed within 120 days the agency gets a fund­ing cut of 1 per­cent. Then ev­ery 90 days an ad­di­tional 1 per­cent cut gets made. There would be no shut­down to cause pub­lic out­rage but an agency could end up with an au­to­matic 3-4 per­cent cut if Congress did not do its job. This is ex­actly what Repub­li­cans would like in many ar­eas of gov­ern­ment.

If Congress does not do its job, it should pay the penalty, not the agency. How about chang­ing Port­man’s bill so that if a bud­get is not passed within 120 days Congress has to stay in Wash­ing­ton and meet seven days a week un­til the bud­get is passed? In school that is called de­ten­tion for not do­ing your work.

Bill Wer­man, Dublin

Se­cu­rity threat could be in­side White House

A day hardly goes by with­out men­tion of the pres­i­dent’s “beau­ti­ful wall” and his nag­ging in­sis­tence that our na­tional se­cu­rity de­pends on it. Yet, when our na­tional-se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence chiefs point to the real threats com­ing from North Korea, Rus­sia, China, ISIS, and, yes, cli­mate change, Trump chides them for be­ing “naive,” telling them that they need “to go back to school.” It seems to me that the real se­cu­rity threat is the pres­i­dent him­self and his twisted per­cep­tion of where our threats lie.

It re­minds me of a man who is go­ing crazy try­ing to stop ants from com­ing into his kitchen while ig­nor­ing a rag­ing for­est fire bear­ing down on his home.

Robert A. Parks, Colum­bus

Stop those giv­ing jobs to il­le­gal im­mi­grants

Does Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump want to stop il­le­gal aliens from en­ter­ing the coun­try? I say no, he does not. It is ob­vi­ous to me that the way to stop il­le­gal aliens from en­ter­ing the coun­try is to deny them jobs, by

ar­rest­ing and fin­ing the com­pa­nies and peo­ple who hire them. There are al­ready laws against this be­hav­ior, but they are not be­ing en­forced.

Al­most ev­ery sin­gle one of our il­le­gal aliens is here for a job. If you deny them jobs, they will not come. I am cer­tain that the pres­i­dent has fig­ured this out. If we stop hir­ing il­le­gal aliens for cheap, then wages will rise. This would hurt our pres­i­dent in his pock­et­book. All the peo­ple who work for him could be de­mand­ing more money for their la­bor.

The talk about a wall and “bad hom­bres” is just act­ing. If the pres­i­dent wanted to take real ac­tion, he could di­rect the FBI, Jus­tice Depart­ment and Home­land Se­cu­rity to move against the peo­ple giv­ing jobs to il­le­gal aliens. This would not re­quire con­gres­sional ap­proval and would have a pro­longed last­ing ef­fect.

Rod Car­roll, Colum­bus

Re­spect, em­pa­thy need to make a come­back

To­day’s cul­ture is be­com­ing colder, harsher and plagued with a self­ish at­ti­tude that an in­creas­ing num­ber of cit­i­zens are get­ting com­pletely fed up with. All of us need to be more re­spect­ful and em­pa­thetic toward oth­ers.

The present threat to our democ­racy can be slowly over­come if each of us would make a con­stant ef­fort to re­spect oth­ers and help them when they need it.

Sev­eral re­publics in the past have dis­in­te­grated in 250 years. The United States is nearly 250 years old and is hav­ing a se­ri­ous lead­er­ship prob­lem.

Ex­press your opin­ion pub­licly about what would be the right so­lu­tion and act on it to save our coun­try for our de­scen­dants.

Pete Penn, Sh­effield

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