Melting pot

Regarding our present immigration problems it is worth reflecting that America has oft been dubbed a melting pot. To melt is to blend, not curdle, in culinary terminology. Sadly, our culture is curdling with the illegal and some of the legal persons swarming into our country who do not make an effort to learn English, assimilate into our way of life, but rather cling to their original cultural norms, forming pockets of very diverse and anti-American conclaves.

Waving the flags of their countries of origin and demanding our citizens conform (Sharia law, dietary changes, special prayer rooms in public schools, etc.) to their customs. These people do not want to melt/meld or blend. Sanctuary cities/towns are illegal! Entering our country illegally is a criminal offense. A prosecutable crime.

It was heartening to hear a proposal by two conservative Repubs this morning (Aug. 2) that we follow the lead of Canada and Australia regarding qualifications for entry on a green card status or to apply for citizenship, requiring that we cut the numbers of legal immigrants by half and that said persons bring skills that will benefit our economy and prove they are self-supporting, rather than a drain on our economy. It only makes good sense. Stats show only one in 15 legal immigrants meet this standard.

Citizenship is a privilege, not a right!

Nancy Oswald, Silver Lakes

Karma or parenting?

I was driving home from the gym a few months ago and there was a traffic jam in front of me. There was a car stopped and apparently stalled in the left-turn lane. When I passed I caught a glimpse of a couple, a man and woman, sitting there. I pakred and then I ran out to the stalled car. By this time the couple was pushing the car. I got behind it and started pushing and told the lady I would take it from there. Then a really big kid with a big beard came up and started pushing next to me. Before long we had the car over the little hump in the road and headed into the driveway to a carwash. 

I really did not think of this again until a recent letter to the editor that gave a psychological reason for why liberals are liberals — because it makes them feel good. I do not think that is right. I mean, after all is said and done I guess I did feel good when I walked away from the car I had just pushed. But I did not do it because I thought it would make me feel good. I did it just because at the time I thought it was the right thing to do. I did not think about how I would feel but, rather, I was thinking of the couple and how for so little trouble on my part I could help them out of a jam.

Later I thought of Karma. I had just recently killed a squirrel. I was taking a shortcut. And suddenly a squirrel ran out from nowhere and disappeared under my van. I did not have time to react. I pulled up next to him and he looked me in the eye. His back was crushed, he could not move and his head slowly dropped to the pavement. This was not good. Then when I was going home I drove by the spot and the body was gone. Three ravens had pulled it off the street and were having lunch. I felt bad about this.

Maybe helping this couple put my Karma back in balance. Or maybe I just helped them because that is how my mother taught me to behave.

John E. Douglass, Apple Valley

Bees

I too disturbed hundreds of bees that were under my shed in the yard. Don't know where they came from as I haven't seen any bees in the 23 years I have lived in Pinon Hills.

When I was able to get into the house, I am old school and pulled out the yellow pages. There is one listing for a bee remover available 24/7. A very nice young man arrived within an hour and a half and for what I thought was a reasonable charge was able to eliminate my problem with a 30-day guarantee as well.

J. Niederlander, Pinon Hills

American all the way

The pathetic letter in the Opinion section on Aug. 3 stated that I had to agree with a garbage piece of fake literature to prove I was a half-Hispanic person. Well, I need to tell youn, I am a 100 percent American 100 percent of the time and I do not care about Mexico or any of those nations you mentioned.

MEChA is a "Separatist" Mexican organization that encourages anti-American activities and civil disobedience against the United States of America. This organization is not about civil rights it is all about a foreign invasion taking back Southern California — AZTLAN, the Mexicans call it. As a combat marine I and all my fellow Americans are offended and outraged.  It is no different than the KKK or any racial hating anti-American group!

While working on my master's degree I took several Mexican-American studies classes at CSULA. Please read Carlos Jimenez and Antonio Darder and the La Raza/MEChA influence. The  anti-American sentiment was beyond belief and so angering to me I was beyond myself as an American.

The La Raza hatred for America is so intense they make "friends" with many groups whose sole purpose is to share their hate for America. They refer to the great USA as "AmeriKKKa" yet they use our healthcare, welfare, government housing, et.al. 

I love people and I love my great USA. Close our borders!

Dan Daniels, Oak Hills