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Letters to the Editor: Feb. 9, 2018

Posted: February 9th, 2018 | Editorial, Featured, Letters to the Editor | No Comments

Distinction on immigrants

Re: “Why we should all welcome immigrants and refugees” [Volume 24, Issue 1 or bit.ly/2mVVJQm]

I read with interest the guest editorial on immigrants this past [issue]. I feel that some important points were missed.

First of all, we are all immigrants or the descendants of immigrants. Even American Indians are the descendants of immigrants.

Over the last 40 years, I have hosted immigrants in my house for anywhere from one week to two years. This time was used to help them adjust to life in the United States, learn English, and other essentials of functioning in the U.S.

They came here from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. They all had one thing in common — they all came in through the front door. They came as individuals, couples or families. They all (as far as I know) went on to become American citizens.

The guest editorial on immigrants failed to distinguish between legal immigrants and illegal immigrants. I feel that that is an important distinction. Just as you invite guests into your house through the front door, you do not welcome intruders who break in through back windows.

Illegal immigrants do not and should not have the same standing as legal immigrants. If the U.S. immigration policy is too strict, then let us encourage our legislators to change that policy. Of course, right now they cannot seem to decide on much of anything.

I think that we must enforce immigration laws and change the ones that need changing. We do not have the freedom to ignore laws we disagree with either as individuals, cities or states. But as a democratic republic nation, we can change laws.

—Art and Sheila Rudolph, San Diego

Clarification on MAD lawsuit

Re: “Del Cerro Action Council news” [Volume 24, Issue 1 or bit.ly/2G92Ixo

I just read a brief article by Jay Wilson in the Mission Times Courier under “Del Cerro Action Council News.”

Quoting: “Because of a specific court case involving the city of San Diego, everything to do with Maintenance Assessment Districts within the city has been placed on hold. At this time, there is no indication as to how long it maybe be before the matter is resolved.”

That is good news to us homeowners living in the Del Cerro highlands. (I just saw recently San Diego city workers nicely trimming up some trees and doing some good cleanup on banks along Del Cerro Boulevard.)

I would like to know specifics of the lawsuit. Not sure if it is the same suit that La Jolla residents filed on their pending MAD activity, or has it to do with the lawsuit involving the 26 housing unit development at the back of the Chevron station on Del Cerro Boulevard and College Avenue?

[Editor’s note: The lawsuit referred to in Jay Wilson’s column is indeed the lawsuit filed against La Jolla’s Maintenance Assessment District.] 

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