April 15, 2005

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico

Minutemen performing a great service

Letter re:United to stop the hatred by Luis Alonso Pérez, published 4/11/05.

As they say, beauty and truth are in the eye of the beholder. In other words, we each interpret what we see through the filter of our life’s experiences. I won’t argue with Mr. Pérez about his view of the Minuteman Project. But here is mine.

By their very presence on the border, they illustrate to the world the hypocrisy in two governments, who claim that illegal immigration is a natural force that can’t be stopped. Illegal immigration is a force that is created through cynical policies that push and pull those immigrants. It is the result of corruption among the rich and powerful in two nations that first create desperation and then prey upon the desperate.

I see those Minutemen as standing between my grandchildren and the drugs that flow so easily to enslave, deprave and kill our most dear and precious youth. I see them as standing between the little girls being smuggled for the “sex trade” by creatures lower than the basest animals, and a fate that kills their spirits and souls. I see them as foiling the aims of elite Mexicans who connive to keep the status quo of poverty that forces people away from their homes, their families, and their heritage. I see them as foiling the aims of corrupt US politicians and businesses whose only aim is cheap labor.

Well, I could go on and on. The point is that in my view the Minutemen are performing a great service to ordinary people in two nations. Many of them have both a fierce love for our nation, and a great love for the wonderful Mexican people.

Barbara Vickroy
Escondido

Turn the Neocons out of office

Republicans are going for the ultimate power grab by trying to silence the voice of Democrats in the United States Senate. They want to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster, which has protected the voice of the minority for more than two hundred years.

This abuse of power would eliminate debate and dissent in Congress, giving President Bush a blank check to push the most radical agenda and exreme judges. It would put our most fundamental values at risk by eliminating the checks and balances that keep our democracy strong.

I urge our Senators to stand up and protect our democracy by opposing the GOP power grab.

NEOCONS BELIEVE THEY WILL ALWAYS BE THE MAJORITY PARTY BECAUSE THEY OWN THE VOTING MACHINES AND HAVE CHEATED THE PAST 3 ELECTIONS TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR GOVERNMENT. PROSECUTE VOTING FRAUD AND TURN THE DICTATORS OUT OF OFFICE. WE NEED A GENERAL STRIKE AND A MILITARY ACTION TO REMOVE THESE CRIMINALS FROM OFFICE.

Valerie Sanfilippo
San Diego

Bush leading nation toward oligarchy

I am a college instructor, a single mom, an organizer of a community group of progressives and a concerned citizen. This administration is leading this nation toward a reckless oligarchy veiled transparently in psuedo-morality and a false pretense of security from “terror.” This administration panders its “values” and assurances of protection from “evildoers” to the working middle class who have everything to lose if one brick is loosened from the foundation of what it is that keeps our nation functioning efficiently. By offering Mr/s. Everyperson, who is far to busy to analyze political rhetoric, this assurance that what Bush offers is motivated by simple divine intervention and not complex corporate and political interests, this administration gets away with literal murder. Have any of you bamboozled right wingers questioned the reconciliation of Bush’s supposed devotion to Christian principles with his choice to bomb Iraq and put well over one hundred Americans to death in Texas prisons? Pro-life? Pro EveryAmerican? My a**.

Donna Fazio DiBenedetto
Encinitas

Dumanis now a part of the problem

Bonnie Dumanis ran for District Attorney promising to clean up city government.  She is not fulfilling that promise and now has become part of the problem.  By seeking to take away the criminal division from the City Attorney’s Office, she sides with the foes of open government who seek to stop Aguirre’s investigation of City Hall corruption.  Taking away the City Attorney’s budget effectively destroys his investigation of corruption and conflicts of interest within City Hall.

The Dumanis’ proposal is fraught with conflicts of interest given that former City Attorney Casey Gwinn is now working for the District Attorney, and that she has purportedly began her own investigation of San Diego’s pension issue.  How does the District Attorney simultaneously investigate City Hall and contract with the same individuals for the turn over of half of the City Attorney’s staff and budget?

How can the Council vote to take away the investigative authority of the City Attorney when they are the focus of an investigation by the City Attorney’s Office?

If the City Council goes forward with this attempt to stop the City Attorney from investigating corruption at City Hall, they must be prepared for a referendum by the people of San Diego that will follow their attempts at another cover-up of wrong doing.

In addition to the City Attorney’s investigation, San Diego needs another reform candidate to run against Dumanis for District Attorney and assist our City Attorney clean up the corruption that pervades San Diego.

Kathryn Burton
via email

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