Mexican ‘agents’ 

Mexican ‘agents'

I am Hispanic, I came to the U.S. as a legal immigrant and I am a naturalized U.S. citizen. I am also an activist against illegal immigration. I suppose according to your cover story July 9, that makes me a nativist against immigration in general.

Unfortunately, we still have elected officials in the legislature who have sold their souls to the merchant special interests. These merchants want taxpayer subsidized illegal alien labor and their lackeys, our elected officials, vote against legislature that will end this abuse of taxpayers.

I live in California, ground zero and the welfare state for illegal immigration. Due to district gerrymandering, we have Mexican agents posing as legislators in our state government. According to Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, member of the State Budget Committee, it costs Californians $10.5 billion a year to educate, medicate and incarcerate illegal aliens. According to Governor Schwarzenegger, we have a budget deficit of $18 billion.  With the 2010 Census, we will end up with more gerrymandered districts and so will every state in the Union that harbors illegal aliens.

Haydee Pavia

Laguna Woods, Calif.

Who's a jerk?

Would you please tell Assmunch (AKA Bob Lancaster) that if he wants to denigrate a Southern male politician who has betrayed everyone around him, to pick something that relates specifically to men, not women; the term whore-hopper is insulting to women. Isn't there a masculine term equally as demeaning he could have chosen?

Men have ever turned to low feminine terms when they want to throw offensive, contemptuous insults at each other.

Assmunch is a jerk.

Anne Neighbors


(Assmunch replies: Assmunch would point out that there are men who are whores as well as women, and that therefore it is Anne Neighbors who is making the sexist inferences here and not ol' moi. I might also note that a member of either gender can be a jerk, and in this instance the honor goes to her.)

Burger makes news

I was dismayed to see that last week's Times did not devote more space to McDonald's rollout of its new superburger. You gave extensive coverage to the shooting of Nigel Haskett and Mickey Dee's sheepish response to it, but have missed an event that may have more long range effect on the cost of our national health program than anything that has happened since Obama took office. This new burger and many of the other cholesterol- and calorie-laden treats that are being served up by the fast food industry may soon rival tobacco in its cost to our children and grandchildren. The people who dine at McDonald's and other similar eateries seem to be the type that would most likely take advantage of government-sponsored health care services.

There are two obvious solutions which suggest themselves. The first would work for both cholesterol and empty calories as well as for nicotine and tar. The manufacturers should be required to offer a coupon for any disease or disability that results from the use of their product. For example: if a person develops clogged arteries after munching 50,000 or so superburgers, they could redeem their coupons as partial payment for a bypass. The list could go on and on, covering the diseases that are related to obesity, tobacco use, cholesterol, and just poor nutrition in general. No lawsuits; just cash in your coupons.

The second way to solve this problem is to find a better place to eat. I have found that the Chick Fil-A restaurants consistently offer healthy choices served by pleasant people in a clean, quiet atmosphere. The prices seem to be about the same as other fast food. I am not seriously suggesting that turning our collective backs on burger joints that serve up borderline poison will cure our long-range health care problems, but a 50-cent coupon with each dose of cholesterol or pack of cigs might help.



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