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On the Vail Daily Web site, you can comment on each story or editorial you read there. Here, we publish excerpts of those comments:Re: Woman dead in I-70 crashOur deepest condolences to the family of the deceased Fed Ex driver. My her soul rest in peace in Heaven. We here in the Vail Valley truly appreciate the sacrifices she made to get our goods to us. We are so truly sorry. Rest in peace. Re: Woman dead in I-70 crashI have been a truck driver for 15-plus years. Most (not all but most) of the accidents I have seen involving trucks were caused by people in cars, SUVs and other passenger vehicles. They have no clue. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends. Re: Woman dead in I-70 crashPeace be with her and her family and to all the Fed Ex drivers that fight the weather every day to ship YOUR freight. Colleen will be missed in DEN + GJN terminals! Re: Town TalkCongratulations Geraldine and Jacob!Re: Not-so-welcome guestsThe complexity of immigration reform is in how to handle the many layers of corruption created by business, special interest groups and foreign governments that promote illegal labor. New Orleans was a prime example where illegal labor was shipped in by the busload through a network of subcontractors instead of hiring the citizens of Louisiana. Re: Wisdom from the WebAh, how the bigot can turn racism to politics. After a Mexican knows about how the U.S. offers paying jobs to almost anyone, he or she starts the long, hard, sometimes deadly journey over the border. One thing makes a man risk his life, his family, and every penny he has. That’s hope. Hope makes him think about a better life for his family, and himself. … Every man in every country has pride of his homeland. With Mexicans, it’s nothing different. We come here with one thing on our mind. Work. No one comes here with the thought of “freeloading off the Americans.” All I have on my mind is work. I ask for nothing, I complain about nothing, and I work my fingers to the bone. How is it after having a job as an illegal for over 20 years, you turn your smiles and handshakes to hate and finger pointing? Before the terrorists really got your attention in the dreadful 9/11 attacks, not even the government had a bad thought about the work I was doing. I don’t see the work I get as what you would call “the bottom of the bucket jobs.” I see it as what it really is, a way to get money, and I will do that job with dignity because that’s what I need.I had a job back home. But thanks to a government that can’t seem to get itself on track, I come here where I am hired and paid more than back home. Nowadays I read the same thing over and over again. We are the blame for breaking the country’s economy, high taxes, and no jobs. … No one had a problem with me doing cheap labor, and not returning a tax return in 20 years. I’m actually saving the U.S. money. Now the mob starts talking more and more about illegals this and illegals that. I and many, many others are here doing nothing but working. I’m all for following the law. A country really should enforce its written laws. But as long as there is an employer offering illegals jobs, the American Dream magnet will always attract illegals.This person or people who write the same thing every day are nothing but racist. They blame the Mexicans for everything when it’s the American employer offering jobs and keeping the magnet going. All I want here is a job. So change your laws and keep everything else. I have the strength to work two or three jobs the Americans don’t want. Re: Gotta quit putting this offDon: Correction re: “Illegal vs. legal is not even the real issue.” It is the ONLY issue. H.M.Re: Glory, glory ColoradoI believe it’s called the “University of Colorado,” not “Colorado University.” But nice column otherwise.Re: Wisdom from the WebThis commentator very selectively quotes from a benign report describing Latino employment trends and rates in the U.S.The report goes on to say that: “Policies aimed at reducing migration pressures by improving economic conditions in Mexico may also need to address factors (there) such as wages, job quality, long-term prospects and perceptions of opportunity.” Well, duh!The above concerns obviously are felt by migrants about their employment in Mexico, thus driving their decisions to relocate to the U.S. Faced with the challenges of unresponsive big government at home, along with hungry mouths to feed, wouldn’t you do the same?Many anti-immigration people attempt to smear Hispanics as greedy opportunists. This tactic thinly disguises a willful ignorance of root causes for the current immigration issues experienced here and elsewhere in the world.These causes have little or nothing to do with the character of the migrants themselves, and everything to do with the dynamics of national and international economics and politics as they play out in the lives of little people (us included).Our commentator should not assume that every reader of this paper is too lazy to follow up on the sources from which he extracts his quotes. Vail, Colorado


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