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Immigration system broken

I can sympathize with illegal immigrants now.

My son just moved back to the United States after 23 years of living in Germany. He married a German girl and she couldn't come here at that time.

She wants so badly to work so they can better themselves. He got all the papers for the green card and citizenship and started to fill them out. Just the green card form asks for $950 and if he sends all of it in, it is around $3,000. Since he is an American citizen and married for so long I don't think she should have to pay such a price to work here. Also, he is a veteran who married a foreigner.

I have asked others who brought brides home and none of them paid this kind of money. Is there any help for these poor unfortunate people?

Donna Herrick, Port Richey

Watering rules create conflict

How very interesting this article speaks of focusing on "large neighborhoods with the highest water usage" and Beacon Woods is mentioned first. It is interesting in the fact that the Beacon Woods Homeowners Association just recently took steps that led to the jailing of one of its home­owners because his lawn had turned brown.

There are a lot of homeowners in this subdivision who openly violate the watering restriction rules. The association turns a blind eye to these violations because they know that if they didn't, there would be a lot more homeowners who would also have brown lawns. They would then have to take the same steps against a lot more of its members. So, by deputizing the county utility workers so they can ticket those that violate the watering restrictions, there are going to be many Beacon Woods homeowners that will no longer have the lush, green lawns that the association so dearly loves.

You can't have it both ways. Either you water the lawn as you need to in order to have the lush green lawn so you adhere to the association bylaws, thus risking being fined by the county for doing so, or you follow Pasco County's watering restrictions and take the risk of being fined and/or jailed by the green-grass zealots of the Beacon Woods governing board because the lawn turned brown.

It's time for the Pasco County officials to step in and put an end to the damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation that exists in Beacon Woods.

William Thompson, Hudson

Teen accidents get the attention

Lately there have been a large amount of letters and news stories about how teenagers are causing accidents because of texting on their cell phones. A very recent letter seemed to imply that it was only teenagers texting and driving, and that it was a good idea to ban cell phone use from only teenage drivers.

I would like to know why there is so much focus on just teenagers. I do understand that it is more common for teenagers to be using their cell phones. After all, they are teenagers. However, they are not the only ones utilizing their cell phones while driving. I drive back and forth from Tampa and Port Richey several times a week for work and constantly witness older adults talking on their cell phones while driving. Not to mention the problem with the senior citizens' slow reaction time and sluggish driving.

I think these adults need to realize there is such a large emphasis on the stories about teenagers causing accidents while on their phones because they are simply that, teenagers. The sad truth is that the community mourns more for a teenager injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident than if it had been an older adult, regardless of the cause.

I'm sure these speculations of teenagers causing the accidents is in no way helping the parents and families deal with their grief. I think the next time someone, regardless of age, wants to make a generalization about who is causing the accidents, it may be a good idea to expand their thoughts and consider all the possible causes.

There needs to be more concern about a young life lost and not about jumping to assumptions and blaming him or her for the accident.

Joshua Yates, Port Richey

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Letters: Immigration system needs fixing 11/25/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 1, 2008 12:57pm]
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