Re: Mom not left to mourn alone | story, April 29
Immigrants face double standard
The tragic death of 23-year-old Arturo Huerta-Cruz of Clearwater, a soldier recently killed in Iraq, is a prime example of the double standard regarding the treatment of immigrants in these United States.
On the one hand, immigrants are enticed to join the military with hopes of obtaining green cards and immediate citizenship.
On the other hand, these immigrants are shunned by employers who are now afraid of hiring noncitizens and being penalized — all due to Americans who say that immigrants are taking away jobs that rightfully belong to them.
So in other words, it's all right for immigrants like Huerta-Cruz, a legal resident but not a citizen, to give the ultimate sacrifice for a country that isn't even theirs, but it's not all right for them to take a job in order to make a decent living.
Why is it that I don't hear anyone complaining that Huerta-Cruz took their job away by becoming a soldier?
The shame of it all is that too many like Huerta-Cruz, who loved the United States and wanted nothing more than to make it their home, will never live to see their dream of becoming an American citizen realized. Instead, they die in battle.
JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater
Re: Big business hits older folks again | letter by Jean Wood, April 16
Legal system fails park residents
Kudos to Jean Wood, president of Lakeside Mobile Homeowners Association in Clearwater. For two years, she has been our inspiration, our leader, and, throughout the devastation of our park closing and our being evicted, a true friend.
Some people sold out to park owner Nickel Plate Properties, but for those of us who are in litigation, she has uplifted us and been our guide, even when we were wrongfully evicted. Being in litigation should have prevented us from being evicted, but a judge ruled that even though they didn't do it legally, the intention was there to do it legally. What kind of a legal ruling is that?
We still have homes in Lakeside Mobile Home Park that we own. Nickel Plate has done nothing to ensure that our homes are intact or safe. We are not allowed to check on them to be sure they haven't been vandalized or destroyed.
What is the legal system for if not to help people, especially elderly people, who are being taken advantage of?
We just want a fair price for our homes. If they would make us a decent and reasonable offer, they could move on with what they want to do with the land and we could all move on with our lives.
The next time you are in Clearwater, look over at the southwest corner of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road. Nickel Plate Properties should be ashamed, not only for the way the fenced-in park looks, but also for the way they are treating those of us who were residents there.
Marylou Karbach, Largo
Re: Baby raccoon killed in roofers' hot tar machine | story, April 24
Let's save the people, too
License plates may read "Save the reefs," "Save the manatee," or "Save the puma." To that list add "Save the roofer," "Save the trash collector," and "Save the common citizen," for these also appear to be in the crosshairs of our legal system.
I am appalled and worried by the reckless and abusive application of legal force by bureaucrats and administrators. Dumpsters, in addition to contractors' equipment, are often the sanctuary or feeding sites for raccoons, birds and other species. I wonder when my trash collector will be incarcerated for animal cruelty because he ignored the desperate cries from a trapped, terrified species as he lifted and then dumped the trash into the truck compactor.
Will the auto-owning public be endangered by the rulers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for performing a "hit and run" on a squirrel or raccoon?
Perhaps the love bugs on the bumpers of our cars will be used as evidence against the driving public.
It is my hope that the Wildlife Commission will temper its aggressiveness in the execution of its responsibilities.
Timothy Potts, Dunedin