Salem Community Patriot June 18, 2010 - 5
More Letters to our Editor Responding Quicker When Disaster Strikes
By now, all Americans are horrified by the tragic oil spill that is hemorrhaging millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In the wake of this tragedy, Granite Staters have turned their thoughts to our own small, yet precious coastline, and breathed a sigh of relief that this spill has not directly affected us. Yet, there are critical lessons that must be taken away from this
tragedy. This is the second major catastrophe within five years in the same geographic location. While Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon spill differ in their duration and ecological impact, they both demonstrate a critical truth. An overextended and bloated government is helpless to mobilize quickly to address calamities of this nature. This truth applies regardless of the political party in command of that government. From the outset of both disasters, the relief efforts were bedeviled
by a lack of preparation, organization, urgency, and clear lines of authority among federal, state, and local authorities. These failures have come at a high price; in the case of Hurricane Katrina, lives were lost, and in the BP oil spill, significant damage to coastline and wildlife has occurred. None of this absolves BP for any of its bad judgments or failures.
They should be accountable to the penalties established in the wake of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 that made polluting companies responsible for all containment and clean-up, regardless of the cost and damage.
Addressing this problem must involve a comprehensive response that does more than spout rhetoric about moving toward alternative sources of energy. It is time that we fundamentally re-evaluate the proper role of government. Conservatives believe that the government must act during times of crisis, but understand that it cannot do so when bogged down by bureaucracies, bailouts, stimulus spending, socialization of health care, and numerous other areas that are better left to states and local communities to manage. These disasters have shown that it is impossible for a nimble
government to be everywhere at once. Thus, we must determine what its appropriate role is so that when natural disasters occur, it can act quickly. As we have seen, lives and our environment are at stake.
Representative D.J. Bettencourt - Salem
they suffered through daily (though he didn’t favor amnesty). But the flip side was the fact that during Bush’s eight years in office, their population increased by about five million individuals, a fact totally ignored by the Republican Party (naturally) and their constituency, until the Democrats took control last year. Here’s a few more statistics that you won’t get from our increasingly xenophobic conservative media, keeping in mind that the exact number of illegal immigrants both living in and crossing our borders every day is unknown:
In 2001, INS census data reported that there were approximately
seven million illegals in our country, almost 60 percent of them from Mexico, and about double the number from 1990. Late that year after the 9/11 attacks, it was determined that many legal immigrants had remained here past their allotted time, resulting in both the INS and Customs to be folded into the newly created Department of Homeland Security, headed by Tom Ridge. Two years later in 2003, the number was holding steady at around seven million. When Obama took over in January 2009, the estimate was 11.9-12 million in an average of federal non-partisan tracking groups. This is the approximate number we are all haggling about in 2010. There are currently assessments and solutions being discussed by
the White House, including those cited above, that will hopefully not be as divisive as Arizona’s new descent into self-immolation. There is a problem, but it won’t be solved by making America a huge police state that forces everyone with dark skin, whether legal, illegal, or natural-born Americans, to have to walk around carrying several forms of identification every time they leave their homes.
William F. Klessens - Salem Charlie
From the ‘Leave No Trace’ Program
Learn about wildlife through quiet observation. Do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look.” Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. Quick movements and loud noises are stressful to animals. Travel quietly, and do not pursue, feed, or force animals to flee. (One exception is in bear country where it is good to make a little noise so as not to startle the bears.) In hot or cold weather, disturbance can affect an animal’s ability to withstand the rigorous environment. Do not touch, get close to, feed, or pick up wild animals. It is stressful to the animal, and it is possible that the animal may harbor rabies or other diseases. Sick or wounded animals can bite, peck, or scratch and send you to the hospital. Young animals removed or touched by well-meaning people may cause the animals’ parents to abandon them. If you find sick animals or animals in trouble, notify a game warden. Considerate campers observe wildlife from afar, give animals a wide berth, store food securely, and keep garbage and food scraps away from animals. Remember that you are a visitor to their home.
Charlie Chalk can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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America’s Illegal Immigration Problem in 2010
Most thinking people can probably agree that there is an illegal
immigrant problem currently in America, examining statistics related to crime, emergency hospital care, low-level employment opportunities, etc., especially from our southern-border states. And simplistically speaking, it’d be nice if there existed some magic incantation that would painlessly deport them back to their respective nations of origin and, while we’re at it, place an impregnable Star Trek force field along the U.S./Mexican border to maintain the status quo. Then, going forward, the process of legal immigration could continue unabated, making most people, save for the hard nationalists, happy. Unfortunately, this isn’t going to happen. So, remedies for the quandary have ranged from increasing nationwide investigation across all states to root out these individuals and their families, adding more Border Patrol officers to the woefully understaffed group currently on guard, granting amnesty for the foreigners already on our soil, among other ideas. But a little history and clarification is in order. First, the total number of illegals currently living in the continental United States is estimated as just over 12 million by the Center for Immigration Studies, not the 18 million erroneously claimed here last week (a figure probably derived from one of the many right- wing Websites that similarly inflate their crime figures and illicit acquisition of benefits). And the existent illegal population has not been caused by a “liberal, progressive society,” the election of president Barack Obama, nor the Democrat Party in Washington, except to the deluded denizens of the alternate universe that began spooling out immediately following Obama’s inauguration. It is the continuously politicized nature of the “reporting” of this bipartisan problem by GOP politicians, Tea Partiers, and hate radio that has fanned the emotions of so many Americans. The truth is that the illegal immigrant population spiked
dramatically during the George W. Bush years. He was deservedly a hero to many Hispanics, both during his presidency (garnering 62 percent of their vote in 2000) and his years as governor of Texas, appealing to them both by his state programs as well as by addressing them in their language. As president, he sponsored a popular guest worker program and displayed an admirable comradery that served both sides. He understood the fact that they covered many of our lower-end, less-desirable jobs very well, and even sympathized with the threats of poverty and deportation that
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another call reporting a fire at Camp Y-Wood, owned by the Greater Lawrence YWCA. Initially, the fire appeared to be in the woods at 57 Liberty Street, the camp’s location, but once firefighters made entry into the campground, they saw the devastation. The director’s cabin at Camp Y-Wood, the only building with electricity and the “central station” for all the good Camp Y-Wood offers, had been completely burned to the ground. All that was left was a smoldering pile of what once was the center of it all. Camp Y-Wood is due to open this
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Police and fire officials are hoping that someone will recognize a man pictured in a surveillance photo taken on May 28 in the area of Liberty Street, where two suspicious fires burned during the overnight hours. Both fires were determined to have been intentionally set and ruled as arson. The fires, both along Captain’s Pond,
each claimed a structure on both properties. Salem Fire Marshal Jeff Emanuelson said the first call came in on Friday, May 28, at about 12:30 a.m., reporting what was believed to be some type of outside fire. What police and firefighters found was a camp about 250 yards behind the residence at 27 Liberty Street in a remote location completely burned to the ground. The camp was a total loss. About three hours later, around 4 a.m., police and firefighters received
month. They have been the target of vandalism for the past several years, but certainly nothing as devastating as this. Police have patrolled the area heavily for the past several years, and since the fires, police have significantly stepped up patrols in problem areas not just at Camp Y- Wood and Liberty Street, but in many other areas throughout town. The surveillance footage police have obtained reveal a man walking into the campground with a flashlight. Though the photo of this person is not of the best quality and was from the overnight hours, detectives and fire officials are hoping that someone recognizes this man. He appears to be an older white man with light-colored hair (possibly blonde, white, or grey), of medium build and height, and wearing a white denim-type jacket, jeans, glasses, and a black wristwatch. Anyone who can identify this man and/or remembers seeing anyone between the hours of 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, and 4 a.m. on Friday, May 28, in the area of Liberty Street is asked to contact Salem police detective Michael Rogers at 890-2351 or Southern New Hampshire Crimeline at 893-6600.
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Stephen Lin German Achievement Honored
submitted by Gail Friedman The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German recently recognized Stephen Lin of Salem, a sophomore at Concord Academy, Concord, MA, for scoring in the 90th percentile or higher on the National German Exam. Stephen was among 10 Concord Academy students recognized for their performance on the exam. The awards ceremony was held Tuesday, May 4, at the Boylston Schul-Verein, a German-American club in Walpole, MA.
Stephen Lin was recognized by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German
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