February 17, 2013

Letters to the editor: Unlikely allies hurt U.S. workers

In her commentary ("Think again: Fallacies about immigration," Feb. 3), Shannon O'Neil at least does the service of correctly identifying the advocates of unrestricted immigration: Big Business and the Democratic Party.

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Supporters rally in Phoenix just before Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a tougher immigration bill into law on April 23, 2010. The Democratic Party and Big Business are conspiring in favor of lifting immigration limits “to keep America flooded with low-wage labor,” a reader says.

2010 File Photo/The Associated Press

Business wants to keep wages low by importing low-cost labor, and the party seeks a permanent constituency of welfare dependents. Neither gives a fig about American workers.

Given our high unemployment, stagnant wages and dire public finances, the current policy of allowing 1 million legal immigrants into the country every year makes no sense at all (unless you are the Cheap Labor Lobby or the Democratic Party).

Big Business is all too happy to perpetuate the myth that there is a shortage of highly skilled labor. It allows them to import low-cost immigrants to compete against Americans and keep wages low.

Look at your paycheck and tell me there is a labor shortage. Look at your kids graduating from college unable to find a job and tell me there is a labor shortage. Look at our veterans trying to find work and tell me there is a labor shortage. This is a disaster for American workers, but it suits Big Business just fine.

The Democratic Party is happy to be complicit with Big Business in sticking it to the American worker. Low wages and unemployment mean welfare and dependency, whether you're an immigrant or an American citizen. Either way, needing the dole is all gravy to a Democratic politician.

And now, these two malign actors are promising a "comprehensive" reform to keep the borders open and keep America flooded with low-wage labor, making us all welfare constituents. American workers need to stand up and put a stop to it. It's bankrupting the country and jeopardizing our children's and grandchildren's future.

Christopher Reimer

Arundel

Family's history entwined with beloved ski resort's

I was surprised to see the photo of my hometown in the Outdoors section of the Feb. 17 Maine Sunday Telegram ("Spruce does it simple").

My father, Louis Fournier, an engineer at the Otis Paper Co. in what was then Chisholm, was one of the founders of the Spruce Mountain ski facility, along with my brother Maurice Fournier.

Many of us as children would slide down the Dean mountain (located at what was then the Dean family farm) on pieces of cardboard or linoleum, often flying over the existing chicken coops. My nieces and nephews and two of my children learned to ski there years ago, and I often feared that one of them would ski through the barn.

My dad was able to get Otis Mill to provide equipment as well as lighting for Spruce Mountain, and it was, and still is, a wonderful community recreation area. I have never tasted their cheese sandwich, worth a nostalgic trip.

Although my dad and brother are long gone, my nephew Tim Fournier is chair of the tri-town community organization that oversees operations at Spruce Mountain and the newly established Androscoggin Trail System as well.

(My dad was a chief petty officer in the Seabees during World War II, and he and my brother Philip, a Navy seaman, were in the D-Day invasion.)

Suzanne Fournier Hedrick

Nobleboro

Mainers' wallets can't take too much taxation 'fairness'

Susan Feiner once challenged readers to "Do the math." For her latest commentary, "Beast of Burden," Feb. 10, the math simply doesn't compute.

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