DACA's end confirmed | Sept. 6
Trump was right
to end program
I would love for anyone to explain why this country cannot protect itself from foreign citizens breaking and entering into our country. The United States is my home. I don't open my door to strangers and I certainly don't set them up in a room within my home, pay for their needs and then extend that to their children.
The issue of immigration and the so-called Dreamers really isn't complicated. Their parents committed a crime. According to our laws and common sense, a criminal's family can't take control of the loot and simply by virtue of being there, keep it. This is the legacy of the Dreamers. They are the recipients of the loot and since we have let them believe it's theirs by virtue of our silence in past years, they think they own it.
It has nothing to do with "hopes and dreams" — our children have plenty of those and plenty of our children will be forgoing those same dreams because they can't afford higher education. Their futures will be tenuous because cheap labor is making wages so depressed.
These arrivals thought the gravy train would never end, but nothing lasts forever, especially if its inception was a criminal offense. President Donald Trump is right to put a stop to this theft of our own future and I support him. It should have happened long ago.
Sandra Kellstrom, Pinellas Park
Breaking the parties' grip
There's no way to eliminate political parties because people will always congregate with those who are like-minded. But we can take steps to provide a strong base for processes that better reflect the will of the people.
From the House of Representatives to state and local offices, the states can revise the nominating methods for state and local offices so that in a first ballot anyone who reasonably qualifies can be included. With the top two vote-getters being selected for a runoff, independent candidates and others who are not beholden to political parties have a chance to serve. Several states already do this. Once this happens, arguably, gerrymandering will gradually be defeated.
In the House of Representatives and Senate, the minority member of each committee should have the same power as the majority leader to introduce bills and have them voted on.
In both houses, staff members, who probably know more about a given subject that their elected bosses, should be selected by merit from a pool of candidates — a lottery system without political prejudice — whereby each would serve both Republicans and Democrats.
What will it take for people already in office to implement these changes? How many more years of gridlock are needed before we realize that our democracy is at risk? The solutions to our problems — wealth inequality, immigration, education, climate change, health care, the national debt and more — are subsumed by the one-upmanship inherent in the political parties. It's past time to break up the political concrete that corrupts our better angels and get on with governing — solving problems.
Mike Rosenthal, Clearwater