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Food for thought, part three

Christina Matthies, speaking for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Letter, Monday), is most indignant in responding to David Martosko’s dissenting opinion on PETA’s Fish Empathy Project.

In the same breath with which she pounds Mr. Martosko, she speaks of her father’s quintuple bypass surgery, presumably due to years of misguided dietary habits. I wonder if her father accepted anesthesia during that surgery. Or if he used pain medication postoperatively. Or if he now uses anti-coagulant medication.

After all, every one of those medications was developed using animals. What will Miss Matthies do when it is her turn to undergo surgery? As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”

DR. STUART TOMARES

Bethesda

Protect our borders

President Bush was in Chile pandering to foreign presidents over immigration (“Immigrant plan revived,” Page 1, Monday), while Secretary of State Colin Powell does the same thing in Mexico. When will they realize they are supposed to be representing Americans?

The majority of Americans are screaming for immigration reform. Illegal immigration must be ended and legal immigration drastically reduced.

Immigration is harming the United States socially, culturally, medically, academically, criminally, environmentally and economically. Unfortunately, Democratic leaders seek cheap votes, while Republican leaders, especially Mr. Bush, seek cheap labor.

Immigration is based solely on chain migration instead of the needs of the United States.

Before listening to promises concerning any temporary worker program, Americans should study the promises made prior to passing the Immigration Act of 1965. We now know they were false.

The biggest lie is the Bush administration’s claim that immigrants are only taking “those jobs that American workers won’t fill.” I travel around this country extensively. In those areas with few immigrants, Americans do all the jobs: cab drivers, maids, fast food, construction, etc. These areas also have higher academic standards, lower taxes and lower crime.

I urge Mr. Bush to start representing Americans. He only has political capital because we voted for him. We voted for him to defend and represent America. It is time for him to do it by securing our borders and addressing immigration reform.

RICHARD T. DUMONT

Silver Spring

In “Lawmakers say Pentagon halted intelligence bill” (Page 1, Monday), Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV said that Americans should remember that Reps. James Sensenbrenner and Duncan Hunter halted the intelligence bill. Indeed, I will remember them because they stopped a bad bill which does not contain the immigration provisions recommended by the September 11 commission.

I will remember them because they are trying to enact the will of the people. Illegal aliens should not be able to get drivers’ licenses.I will send them campaign contributions in the next general election for supporting protection for Americans and not capitulating to Democrats who believe that illegal immigrants should not only get licenses but also should be allowed to stay in our country and be given amnesty.

LINDA H. THOM

Santa Barbara, Calif.

From the mountains of Colorado you can hear the shouts of approval for a halt to the intelligence bill. However, your article, although informative, did not give enough credit to the issue of illegal immigration in bringing down the bill. Unlike the House, which followed the recommendations of the September 11 commission report, the Senate refused to address the issue of illegal immigration in the bill.

The Senate never wants to address illegal immigration — and that is why we have an army of 12 million to 15 million illegal aliens camped out in our nation’s neighborhoods.

Of course, the Senate was aided by George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, for it was on their collective 16-year watch that the army grew to its present strength, following the near-zeroing of the illegal alien ranks by the “first and only amnesty” legislation in 1986, which turned 3 million illegal aliens into 3 million legal aliens plus their extended families. That was one heck of an accounting trick, and now they are getting ready to do it again.

Fortunately for the American people, congressmen such as Jim Sensenbrenner, Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo and the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus bravely stand with “We the people” and against the forces that would destroy America.

WILLIAM G. HERRON

Chairman

Defend Colorado Now

Evergreen, Colo.

Salvation Army helping others

The Christmas season is known as a time of giving. Unfortunately, retailers have become more focused on making money and increasing those crucial profits (“Target forbids charity’s kettles,” Business, Nov. 10).

The love of money is the root of all evil. Christmas is not about money. It is about family and friends, about strangers smiling to one another as they pass by. It is about loving our neighbors, giving to the less fortunate and meeting the basic community needs around us. Christmas serves to remind us how we are to be all year.

Target will no longer let the Salvation Army bell ringers stand outside its stores to raise money to help the needy. It says it gives $2 million weekly to charity. That is commendable, but upon checking out the community pages at www.target.com, one discovers that Target’s philanthropy includes education, the arts, family violence prevention, a children’s hospital and organizations such as the American Red Cross and the United Way. Though these are all good causes, the specific needs that the Salvation Army meets, especially during the Christmas season, are dreadfully overlooked.

Target’s explanation about its weekly giving to charity would be like John and Jane Doe saying, “We volunteer with the PTA; we volunteer to help clean a city park. We are in a club that has adopted a highway. Our daughter volunteers at the hospital. We did the Angel Tree thing. We do enough. We don’t need to drop some change in the Salvation Army bucket when we’re Christmas shopping.” But, as a rule, John and Jane Doe, in spite of all that they already do, still take the time to stop and drop some change, or even some paper currency, into the Salvation Army bucket when they have the opportunity. They even take the time to say, “You’re welcome, and Merry Christmas to you” when the Salvation Army volunteer thanks them for whatever they gave.

Christmas isn’t just about giving; it’s about meeting needs. The Salvation Army meets needs that go overlooked by other charities. This year, let us all be challenged to pass by the retailers that choose not to allow the Salvation Army bell ringers to stand outside their doors. Let us all be challenged to remember what Christmas is truly about, and let’s give generously, not just during this time of the year but all year.

MICHAEL STONE

Longview, Wash.

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