October 4, 2013

Letters to the editor: Why not set criteria for having kids?

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A letter writer says the number of children living in poverty could be reduced by requiring people to meet certain criteria before they can become parents.

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When you are bombarded with the idea that you do not belong in the society in which you are living, radicals exploit those feelings, using them as a recruitment tool to grow their ranks, promising belonging and like-minded camaraderie.

It is our imperative to welcome newcomers and provide support to them, rather than viewing them in negative terms.

Rather than attempting to crack down on alleged radicalism with a heavy hand, which could potentially further the divide between Maine’s immigrant communities and the so-called “native population,” an effort should be made to work with elders and community leaders to address the root causes of discord in our community.

By accepting each other as Mainers, we are strengthening our own bonds on what it means to live “the way life should be.”

Benjamin Kissin

Freeport

Citizenship something to be earned; let’s not give it away

I would like to commend Peter F. Erlin for his letter of Sept. 24 (“Nation’s newest citizens deserve voting safeguards”) and let him know what it takes to be a legal immigrant.

My wife is from the Philippines. It took 13 months, about $2,000, and a huge amount of work to get a visa for her to come here.

Immigration rules say that she is not allowed to file for public assistance until she has been here 10 years.

After she arrived in 2011, she had to file an application and go in for an interview, and pay a lot more money to get a temporary green card to work.

Then last month, she and I both had to go to an interview at an immigration agency for her to get a permanent green card so she can continue to work.

Next year, she will be eligible to take the test for citizenship.

That is what it is like for honest people who are real immigrants to come here and get the right to vote. Some very ignorant people would have every illegal alien who just swam across the Rio Grande to be handed a free path to citizenship and voting rights.

This would be an insult to me, my wife and everyone who made the tremendous effort and spent a lot of money to get here legally.

I do believe that children who were brought here legally and stayed five years should be allowed to take the citizenship test.

But anyone who came here illegally should be sent back. Anything else makes a mockery of American law.

Thomas O’Connor

Falmouth

What’s best: Free speech for panhandlers, or safety?

A panhandler may be run down by a motorist while trying to reach a median, but his free speech isn’t violated.

You gotta love them liberals.

Charles Bouchles

Mechanic Falls

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