I worked at the UTC Library many, many years ago. It was poorly designed and never functioned like it should have. It was supposed to have been innovative in the use of energy. The heating and cooling was intended to have been done by hot and cold water running through pipes. The problem was that the system didn't work. It was stuffy in the summer, and so cold in the winter that employees would have to take turns going to the staff break room to hold their hands over the stove in order to thaw them out. In addition, parts of the building were dark and dreary. It's about time the university had an improvement over the current monstrosity.
I worked at Erlanger for several years, and the people in charge there (regardless of who they've been)have always subscribed to the "old boy network" of doing business. "You pat my back, and I'll pat yours." They rarely make any decision based on what's strictly logical or cost effective.
If I had participated in underage drinking when I was in high school, the very last thing my parents would have done was sue the school. I would have been grounded for 1,000 years (or least it would have felt that way). Us old folks were taught to accept responsibility for our actions, something that seems sadly lacking today.
Illegal immigrants are not here because the average U.S. citizen is compassionate and wants to help those less fortunate who live south of the border. Illegal immigrants are here because those individuals who get rich off big business can get even richer by employing people who will work more cheaply than American citizens will. It's the same reason that businesses keep moving away from the U.S. and into countries where they can hire workers who will demand less money and less health and safety regulations. These same wealthy people are the ones who make large contributions to politicians. Rest assured that many political figures from both major parties are beholden to those who want to maintain the status quo where illegal immingration is concerned.
I would like to see a series of stories on the hardships inflicted on the citizens of Dalton by the influx of illegal immigrants there. That would help to balance out the one-sidedness of this series of stories on the hardships of illegal immigrants.
Beginning July 1, police are authorized to ask for papers if the person is committing a crime. If someone called the police because of domestic abuse, the police would be authorized to check for papers. At least, that's how I understood the new law.
I certainly can't speak for the accuracy of this article, but I do find it interesting. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=13863
Here is an excerpt from it:
Behind the respectable front of the National Council of La Raza lies the real agenda of the La Raza movement, the agenda that led to those thousands of illegal immigrants in the streets of American cities, waving Mexican flags, brazenly defying our laws, and demanding concessions.
Key among the secondary organizations is the radical racist group Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan (MEChA), one of the most anti-American groups in the country, which has permeated U.S. campuses since the 1960s, and continues its push to carve a racist nation out of the American West.
One of America's greatest strengths has always been taking in immigrants from cultures around the world, and assimilating them into our country as Americans. By being citizens of the U.S. we are Americans first, and only, in our national loyalties.
This is totally opposed by MEChA for the hordes of illegal immigrants pouring across our borders, to whom they say:
"Chicano is our identity; it defines who we are as people. It rejects the notion that we...should assimilate into the Anglo-American melting pot...Aztlan was the legendary homeland of the Aztecas ... It became synonymous with the vast territories of the Southwest, brutally stolen from a Mexican people marginalized and betrayed by the hostile custodians of the Manifest Destiny." (Statement on University of Oregon MEChA Website, Jan. 3, 2006)
I know many wonderful Latino people, and my life has been enriched by knowing them. I hope that we will get to the point where Americans can separate the ethnicity of the person from the actions of the person, and resent the illegal activities, rather than the ethnic background.
Yes, I am associated with a place that works with illegal immigrants. We see many, many of them from Dalton. They don't appear to think there is anything wrong with being in the US illegally. They truly feel that they have an absolute right to be here, and have no problem with admitting that many of them use false documents. It is a totally different mindset, and many of them don't understand why anyone would get upset with them for being here illegally. They get angry if they think they are going to be turned down for something, because they feel that access to services is their right. I'm sure this is a generalization, but it is true for a lot of illegal immigrants in the area.
Whether people completely understand it or not, the reason for so many illegal immigrants in this area is due almost entirely to the carpet industry. I have been told by more than one person that carpet industry personnel actively recruited workers from places like Mexico. When the illegal workers showed up in Dalton, the personnel departments told the immigrants where to go to get false documents. This was not done to help needy people from foreign countries. It was done because the carpet industry could pay illegal workers less money than legal workers. Once the housing boom was over, and the carpet mills started closing, the city of Dalton was left to deal with thousands of uneducated people who didn't speak English and no longer had a job. This has created a huge underclass of people whose American-born children are being supported by those Americans who are working and paying taxes. Also, when the farming industry complains that crops are ruining because illegal workers have been deported, people seem to forget that there are ways for migrant workers to come to the US legally to work in the farm industry. The problem starts when those workers stay past the return date on their visas and become illegal immigrants. If migrant farm workers would obey the rules, there wouldn't be a problem.