Letters to the Editor

Cover Controversy

Treasonous: To desecrate our flag as you have done on your cover is not only a shameless act, but one that should also be considered treasonous [Bolas de Pelo, by Richard Connelly, April 20]. Obviously you are more concerned with shock value than patriotism.

Jim Thomas

Adaptation: Ya know, Richard, I usually really like your articles, and I've written in to say so previously. Today, I have to take issue with this parenthetical comment: "Because you never see the green, white and orange at a St. Patrick's Day parade, you know." Please allow me to point out that I am the daughter of an immigrant from Ireland, who came here legally and obtained her citizenship legally. The bulk of the Irish in this country who came over to escape the potato famine did so legally, through Ellis Island. We were all but forced to sacrifice our heritage when we arrived. Ever see that "No Irish Need Apply" sign? My point is the Irish got here legally, adapted to the culture, and we've bloody well earned the right to wave the Irish flag on St. Patrick's Day. You won't catch us hoisting the U.S. flag upside down. I see plenty of "Irish-American" bumper stickers.

The Irish, as one of the first wave of "unwanted" immigrants, appreciate what America has to offer, and we contribute to the welfare and well-being of this country via our tax dollars, as well as sending money back home to Ireland. I guess my point is that my particular group of immigrants went about becoming Americans without a sense of utter entitlement, and maybe that is what's ruffling our red, white and blue feathers. Tiocfaidh ar la!

Sorcha Hysmith

Speak American: In reference to the Mexican-titled Hair Balls issue of the Houston Press, I have this to say: I speak American, not Mexican, so perhaps you should translate the headlines so that the lesser, overtaxed citizens of this city, such as me, will understand.

Do you know where I can get my journalist/commentary/reporter button? I've tried the "cracker"-jack box and still just keep coming up with half of it, you know, kind of like your commentary reporting.

I have a few questions: Do you know the difference between a parade and a protest? And the little ice cream vendor cross the road with his arm in a sling -- how did he fit 600 items in his little bicycle? How much tax did he pay on the money earned? Who paid his hospital bills? What company hired him for labor? Can you recommend a good shovel? One that will muck up all the manure falling out of your commentary and one that will allow me to place my head as deep in the sand as yours?

As for Shannon Arteche, who illegally crossed the border when he was four, "served in the armed forces" and cries, "Now they want to make us criminals," I have two questions: Who exactly is "they"? How was it possible for an illegal alien to serve in the U.S. armed forces?

Here's a tip, Senor Shannon, the term "illegal" means "prohibited by the law," and if you engage in illegal activities, then you are, in fact, a criminal.

If finding that shovel involves too much research, then perhaps you can tell me where I can find a sticker of Calvin pissing on Richard Connelly?

Stupid little Irish-Indian-Cracker, name withheld by request

Crack down: The recent protests regarding immigration reform demonstrate the balkanization of America caused by rampant illegal immigration. Yes, America is a nation of immigrants, but those who came here in the 19th century and early 20th century were legal immigrants who learned English, embraced their new nationality and participated fully in American life, unlike the illegal immigrants of recent decades.

Illegal immigration violates America's national sovereignty. We must reject amnesty for illegal immigrants. Rewarding lawbreakers will only encourage more illegal immigration. Amnesty insults legal immigrants who complied with extensive paperwork and long waiting periods.

A constitutional amendment must be passed to end birthright citizenship. Citizenship involves much more than birth location. It also requires cultural connections and an allegiance to the United States. As long as birthright citizenship continues, foreigners will always have an incentive to sneak into the country.

The welfare state must also be eliminated or greatly reduced to discourage illegal immigrants from coming here to get on the gravy train. Much more must be done to secure our borders and crack down on illegal immigration.

Kent Probst

Wait a minute: How remarkably easy it is to take a cheap shot at actual U.S. citizenry in the form of the Minutemen volunteers. Despite the fact that the Minutemen have saved the lives of countless illegal immigrants as first responders with water and first aid when many would have died of shock, water depravation and heat exhaustion, the Houston Press could do no better than impinge their patriotic cause with a racial epithet, despite the diverse ethnicity of the organization. When has the Houston Press ever seen fit to write an informed investigative story on the Minutemen?

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