Population questions

Posted Thursday, August 9, 2007, at 9:02 AM
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  • I agree My Neighbor. We are only fueling the problem by allowing illegals to stay by giving them jobs and benefits.

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Aug 9, 2007, at 1:35 PM
  • This is an incredibly complex problem that could be fixed very simply. Put enough troops on and under the border when they find the tunnels to actually deter the flow of illegal aliens from crossing. I agree that we are simply telling people that it is ok to break our laws as long as you enter illegally under the guise of seeking a better life. Have you ever been to Mexico or read or heard of how they treat criminals that enter their borders illegally? I am all for helping people that need the help as long as they are making a concerted effort to help themselves. The first rule in my mind should be- Is that person a law abiding citizen? I would submit that thumbing ones' nose at this country's laws as your first act upon arrival is not conducive to a better life. It must be a weird feeling indeed to have to constantly worry that you will be discovered during a traffic stop, employment verification, etc. Most of the hispanics that come here are good folks and I have no problem with them coming here and being good neighbors and friends. It is the ones that come and take jobs under assumed names while collecting state and county benefits under another one that gripes me. I was in the grocery the other day and followed a family in line that bought over 500 dollars worth of food and paid with food stamps. As I was getting into my vehicle I noticed that same family loading their bags into a very pricey SUV with a shiny new ski boat behind it. My dad has told me many times that one day we are going to wake up and find our country no longer belongs to us without a shot ever being fired. I am afraid that he may be right if we don't wake up and quit trying to be so politically correct.

    -- Posted by jjones on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 3:31 PM
  • That just really ****** me off..I work with the elderly and I have several elderly women here who live on less than $600.00 a month in Social Security and the Food Stamp office is giving them $25.00 a Month in Food Stamps. These women are American and have worked their entire lives and we give them $25.00 a month..to me that is a slap in the face from our own government.I get mad when I think of how we just toss our elderly away like yesterday's trash.

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 3:54 PM
  • Oh, Dianatn, that just makes me want to cry! I have a soft spot for the old folks too and especially the older Veterans and/or Veterans widows. It just ain't fair! My mom-in-law only gets $830 a month. She currently takes six medications. They NEVER had money to save for retirement with six kids. Its just a sad state of affairs........

    -- Posted by countrymom on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 4:07 PM
  • I know I try to do dinner's at my office a couple of times a month where several of us cook and bring things in ..I am afraid these older ladies just aren't eating. The last time we had one of these dinners we fixed fried chicken and I always fix way too much fried chicken even at home for my family but one of these ladies wanted to know if she could take some home for the next day...I went home and cried it broke my heart to think that she knew she needed to eat again the next day and needed something. So now a couple of times a week I cook a big meal at home and bring them plates the next day..it seems to help some and it makes me feel better knowing they are eating.

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 4:16 PM
  • I agree with all the posts here. I am all for giving someone a helping hand but not a hand out. I don't mind people coming here from other countries to provide a better life but we have rules that must be followed. These rules include paying taxes and paying bills such as car insurance. As in everything it seems its those of us who follow the rules who pay for those who don't. A few examples, higher medical/property insurance, higher taxes which reminds me of income tax refunds that reward those who don't work (or report their income) with several thousand dollars while those who work (legally & honestly)are barely breaking even or paying in taxes.

    My husband & I both work full time jobs to provide our family with a roof to sleep under & food to eat. We were both raised up hearing "you gotta work if you want to eat" & our kids hear the same from us. I get very irritated when I see healthy people of any nationality abusing the system.

    Definite changes need to be made to switch our priorities of taking care of the abled to taking care of our elderly & those who really need the help.

    -- Posted by DannysGal on Sat, Aug 11, 2007, at 10:04 PM
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