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Mr. Zalaznick: Whenever I read articles such as yours (“That Immigrant tide,” Nov. 24 commentary) they’re invariably coming from those whose ideology has overridden the rational pursuit of facts. I’m curious whether you’d been smoking your house plants prior to rushing into print with this opus erratum.

Here in California, if we add-up the expenses of just the basic components of illegal immigration for a single year ” K-12 education for 430,000 kids, pre-natal and delivery costs in county hospitals for 84,000 illegal moms, monthly subsidies to these same illegal moms for their new U.S. citizens, emergency health care costs borne by the state’s major counties, and the costs to incarcerate about 24,000 illegal alien felons in state/county prisons, we’re at $8.7 billion, year after year after year (and climbing).

Los Angeles County’s underground cash economy is a financial disaster, with an estimated 28 percent of the workforce (mostly illegal immigrants) paid in cash, thus depriving the safety net of an estimated $1.1 billion annually.

California leads the nation in suffocating under the burden of medically uninsured people. California spent $1.55 billion in 2002 for medical care for uninsured illegal aliens. Los Angeles County recently voted to close 16 community clinics, and reduced by 25 percent funding for its network of private clinics partnering with the county. In addition to this, within the last decade, 52 emergency rooms and 17 trauma centers (13 within the last 16 months) throughout Southern California have closed their doors, all because they couldn’t afford to keep them open because of the exponentially increasing numbers of uninsured patients, which include critical masses of illegal aliens. The county’s population grew 7.4 percent in the last decade; a period in which 36 hospitals closed their doors. Additionally, 81 hospitals no longer have emergency rooms. Los Angeles County spent about $340 million in 2002 providing health care to illegal immigrants, according to a report from the Department of Health Services. So bad is the crisis here that some patients must wait four days for a hospital bed, up to two years for gallbladder surgery, and some even die while waiting for these beds.

The statewide system is “on the brink of collapse,” according to a 2003 study by the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. The study warned that thousands of workers will lose their jobs and hospitals will close if the split between rising costs and declining revenues keeps growing.

The federal government’s failure to enforce our immigration laws extends illegal immigration to a milestone of federal malfeasance rarely seen in public service.

Attempts to protect our current practices of ignoring illegal immigration by wrapping them in prose of tradition or humanitarianism generally distort both history and the practical realities of our own era.

Victor Hugo nailed it when he said, “There is one thing stronger than all the kings and queens, and all the armies of the world combined, and that is the power of an idea whose time has come.”

And that idea is that in the final analysis, no democratic society can indefinitely allow a relentless flood of illegal immigrants to contravene its laws, violate its borders, overwhelm its infrastructures and social systems, diminish employment possibilities for its indigenous uneducated and poor, and degrade its way of life, as is happening here in California.

Time for you to get-off-the-slopes and next to a warm fire, ” and throw-down a few hot toddies. That just may be a hell of a lot better than ambrosia joints laced with feel-good ideological herbs.

Mike Scott

Glendora, Calif.

As someone who has been touched by cancer and as an American Cancer Society volunteer, I believe that investing in cancer research and programs should be a top national priority. That’s why I was so disappointed to learn that Congress could cut cancer research funding by as much as $100 million this year.

A cut in cancer funding could lead to delays in the development of new cancer-fighting drugs and treatments, screenings that detect cancer at its earliest stages and programs that improve the quality of life of cancer patients. A funding cut would mark the first time in more than a decade that the federal government has reduced support for cancer research.

In September, 92 Senators and 280 Members of the House signed a letter supporting the Bush Administrationis goal to eliminate suffering and death due to cancer by the year 2015. With adequate funding, we can make cancer a disease people live with, rather than die from.

Thirty years ago, a cancer diagnosis left many without hope. Today, 10 million Americans are survivors of the disease. Now Congress has the chance to ensure there is enough money invested in research and programs to allow for far more progress in the future.

I urge my congressional delegation to oppose any cuts in cancer research and programs. Rather than reverse our progress in the war against cancer, Congress should give the gift of hope to cancer patients and their families this holiday season.

Barb Bobian

Lakewood, CO

Perhaps when you’re required to identify the body of one of YOUR loved ones on a cold slab in the county morgue, put there by an illegal alien who “was only looking for a better life,” you’ll change your tune!

But I do have my doubts, as your ignorance seems to be chronic, and possibly fatal! The tide has turned on this issue and you, sir, have your head in your the sand! Wise up, before it’s too late!

God Bless America! God bless the MinuteMen, and Remember the Alamo!!

David Kendrick

Buena Park, Calif.

The recent terrorist attacks in Amman, Jordan have brought protestors into the streets and have galvanized local Arab population to protest terrorism. A report in the Jerusalem Post described the protests on November 9, 2005, the day of the explosion: “What had started out in the morning as state-propagated rallies in remote villages like the Jordan Valley’s al-Mashara to Amman transformed into massive outpourings of support for the regime. Thousands of Jordanians filed by the Radisson Hotel, the hardest hit with as many as 25 deaths, Asst. Gen. Manager Bassem Banna told reporters outside the hotel Thursday afternoon. The protesters chanted pro-government statements, blasted national songs on their car stereos and brandished placards demanding an end to terrorism. Professional billboard designer George Rizkale created one specially for the rally. It read: ‘Terrorism is a cancer on all humanity.'”

These reactions are in contrast to the reaction on the Arab street after the murders of Americans on 9/11 and the continuing terrorist acts perpetrated on an almost daily basis against Israelis. When Americans and Jews were being murdered, the Arab street was dancing in joy. Had they not reacted with glee at the murder of innocent Westerners, perhaps the evil of terrorism would not have spread to them.

The inclusion of Arab terrorists in Palestinian Arab Authority elections is a reward for the murder of innocent civilians. Failure to punish terror today will only encourage more terror in the future. Yesterday Tel Aviv, today Amman and G-d forbid tomorrow in the United States.

The failure of the Palestinian Arab Authority to disarm Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups should not be rewarded by the continuation of aid being sent by our Administration. Peace will only be achieved by ending terror and not rewarding it. It is time we stopped rewarding terrorism before there are more 9/11’s.

Arthur Kittay


What will America be when our national borders mean nothing? Our immigration laws are openly violated? American society, culture and citizens rights are being overwhelmed and take second place to those who here illegally?

Too late, all this is happening now.

National pride and upholding our laws do not equate racism. The argument is as thin and shallow as most thinking by liberals with self- induced lobotomies. Instead of facing the crisis and consequences of illegal aliens, liberals cry racist and bigot and play on the tolerance and goodwill of the majority of Americans making us feel guilty for our collective history of success.

Will you be satisfied when America is a Third World cesspool, torn by racial tensions?

See how far your precious liberal thinking gets you then.

Brian Schlattman

Little Falls, Minn.

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