Letters to the Editor

Unhealthy society

October 18, 2011


To the editor:

In my frequent walks over the Kaw River bridge, I have noticed that the overwhelming number of men bent over jackhammers all day long appear to be Hispanic and at least some don’t understand much English.

It occurred to me that these are the very people Kris Kobach doesn’t want to vote. Not that they are necessarily undocumented. But they would likely just vote for politicians who would promise to fix more bridges so that they and their relatives could keep their back-breaking jobs at the expense of taxpayers like me.

Bridges. We don’t need no stinking bridges! We should go back to paddling across the Kaw like the people — the ones our immigrant ancestors “obtained” this land from – might have done at minimal government expense. Of course, Kobach and Brownback only want to lead us back to the 1950s, when women and darker-skinned people were second-class citizens and there was prosperity – for some.

Or we could look for leaders who will encourage us to pay our share for a fairer, smarter and more responsible society instead of the kind of fakers who hope we’ll just hide in front of our expensive, flat-screened TVs, blaming everybody else for problems we’re too selfish or too cheap to try to fix.

Resources and workers are available. Only the will to decide to pay what’s necessary for a healthy society is lacking.


Abdu Omar 6 years, 7 months ago

I think it is time that the Journal World start to discard letters to the editor that don't make sense or is incoherent. I can't figure out what this guy is talking about. Yes, there are men who run jack hammers and they, if they are US Citizens, have the right to vote. Who knows who they will vote for? It is supposed to be a private thing, this voting, isn't it?

Brock Masters 6 years, 7 months ago

The letter writer is obviously someone who judges others by the color of their skin and assumes what is in their heart by their occupation and perceived nationality.

He also has excellent hearing because from his car and over the noise of the jackhammers he can tell from the color of their skin they don't understand English. Wow, is all I can say

Getaroom 6 years, 7 months ago

Wow! Lucy is calling you to come back to your room Fred. It's time for your meds and you know what happens when you are not compliant. Taking your meds is no time to be "conservative", and more meds are better in this case.
Also, learn how to read before sounding off. All better?

Brock Masters 6 years, 7 months ago

What a silly response.

Okay so it was early and I misread the statement, but it really doesn't change my post too much. The author says he walks on the bridge and over the din of the jackhammers can ascertain they don't understand English. Really, how does he do this?

Abdu Omar 6 years, 7 months ago

"These letters are incoherent liberal rants now." Really?? What makes them liberal? Just because they don't follow the Fox News talking points? This letter is totally incoherent, I will agree, but who knows if it is liberal or otherwise? YOU? Who made you in charge?

pace 6 years, 7 months ago

The ones who can not understand the letter, too bad, go to night school. Of course you might not like reading and stuff. We are letting corporations give our jobs to illegal workers, we don't require them be legal bosses. The illegal bosses would prefer to hire local legal workers if the local legal workforce can just be pushed into the same salary and work standards they have established for illegal workers. It is wrong to convert American workers into a third world situation by tolerating corporations and industries to hire illegally. I say, don't deport the illegal workers they will just be ferried back by the industries. Jail the illegal bosses.

pace 6 years, 7 months ago

I will go slow for you, I know you drink way too much tea. The industries and corporations hire illegal workers. We punish the workers. The industries and corporations make a higher profit because they pay the illegal workers less, cheat them and spend less on keeping a safe work place standard. I think they are illegal bosses, a much worse problem than illegal workers. When we deport the workers, the industries, such as construction, agricultural, service, factory, etc just hire some more. Are you following this or have you turned back to babbling about how you don't get it? Sure if they could they would hire legally, if they could treat us the same way, low pay, cheat us, not be responsible for a safe workplace. There have been plenty of money spent shuffling the illegal workers back to the border, again and again. It would save money to concentrate on on jailing the illegal bosses. Some teas say " but these are job producers, they are Americans. companies who hire illegal workers are crooks. There are legitimate companies out there being forced to compete with crooks for building contracts, service contracts, factory production. Jail the illegal bosses.

labmonkey 6 years, 7 months ago

Dear liberals and conservatives... you are both right in the fact that illegal immigrants are in fact breaking the law as well as the people who hire them are breaking the law. Instead punishing one or the other, how about we punish both? Deport the illegal immigrant, and fine the hell out of the person who hired them. How hard is it to recognize that both sides are right?

jayhawxrok 6 years, 7 months ago

Of course the far right doesn't want people to vote, even preacherman Huckabee told a crowd in Ohio to tell all their friends to vote for the bill to screw the labor unions and if their friends aren't voting for it, "do what you can to keep them from voting. Let the air out of their tires, tell them voting day has changed or the voting place has moved, do whatever you have to do to keep them from voting."

Of course today he'll say it's a joke.

The GOP is the joke and a bad one.

JustNoticed 6 years, 7 months ago

We know he is a communist because his last name is hyphenated.

Liberty275 6 years, 7 months ago

I was too busy looking at the bras to notice anyone working on the bridge.

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