[In "Snatched," March 21, writer Brian Hutchinson] states that this 41-year-old [Yemen-born] man has within the past three years begun to straighten up his act, got a job at the Seattle Yacht Club, hoped he could marry a U.S. citizen, and yet was deported without warning in the wake of [Sept. 11]. Sounds [like when] Fuad Hassan Ismail decided to become "a model employee" and quit drugs, it was way too little, way too late. He had nearly 20 years to get it together as an American resident. And you describe Somali Mohammed Yusuf as "languishing" in jail, serving time for a crime that he DID commit? Are we supposed to reward him with a big, wet kiss for his criminal activity? Why are you building sensation regarding a criminal who was finally deported as he should have been upon his first indiscretion? Finally the INS has done something right!
There are many people who, by design of their religions and cultures, hate Americans, and who are coming [here] in droves and are likely to demonstrate their hatred! And you want to complain about [deporting] criminal Somalis and Yemenites?
Being informed that America is deporting criminal aliens is reassuring. Unfortunately, many potential resident aliens equipped to be productive in American society do not meet [INS] quotas and are rejected in favor of non-skilled, non-English-speaking individuals washing up on our shores because they could not make it in their homeland and by ignorance think they stand a better chance here.
It should be understood that the rights we have as Americans are a privilege extended to our guests [and are] revocable at any time. If people come to America and violate our ever-gracious system of law, they will suffer the penalties, which are most likely far gentler than those [for] similar crimes in their homeland.
You might think me cold, but my taxes pay for programs designed to hand-hold people like Ismail and Yusuf. It is even more profound when you are someone like me who grew up in a Section 8 project and had to make his way in [his own] country [facing] greater hardship than these losers will ever know while living here. And yet these jerks will come here and abuse [the] system, as generous as America is to its poor and tempest-tossed humbled masses.
People writing half-informed drivel such as ["Snatched"] give being a liberal a bad name.
TRUMMEL'S RIGHTS TRAMPLED ON
The First Amendment's a hard thing— I'm pretty sure that's why the framers addressed it first. Paul Trummel, for all his curmudgeonly senior-citizen ways, has the right [to post his critical commentary on the Web. See "Forbidden Phrases," March 21]. And whether he's a "journalist" or not isn't relevant. Send me the address of his legal defense fund.
THE REAL STORY
There are many ways to headline a story like "Waiting in Cambodia" [March 14]. You chose to stress that "Seattle is at the center of an international adoption controversy that's preventing families from bringing their children home."
The "controversy" may be more about a process that creates massive corruption and immorality. Cambodia requires many agencies to "sign off" on the adoption process because many groups want a piece of the action involving kickbacks. Selling children, whether by permission or not, is immoral, and rich Americans only thinking of their own-gain-at-any-cost ends are the tinder behind all the corruption.
Not to mention the huge growth of child marketing. Five years ago, [an estimated] 11,000 children were being imported into this country per year. Now it is just under 19,000. Add this to an exponential growth of illegal and legal immigration, and you have the largest single factor contributing to population growth in this country, which has created ecological and transportation congestion problems that can only be alleviated, not solved.
GEOV HITS A HOMER
Geov Parrish's "Mariners 2002" [March 14] was hilarious! I am a lifelong baseball fan and new to the Seattle area. I was here for the 2001season—'nough said. I have found Sodo Mojo. I believe he sleeps in my closet at night. Work moved me here from Florida and, having been an eight-year or more fan of both the Indians and the Cubs, not to mention a ballplayer in my youth, I am now a Mariners fan. Geov hits the target. He understands the immensity of the fever that has swept this part of the Northwest. I bet he's the hysterical one around the office. You guys and gals have an awesome paper!
William Garay Jr.
A BROTHER SAYS THANKS
My name is Scott Allison; I am the brother of Army Sgt. Thomas Allison, who died in a Chinook helicopter crash in the Philippines on Feb. 22. I just wanted to write and tell you how much I appreciate the article "Buddy's Monday" that Rick Anderson wrote [News Clips, March 7]. It was very accurate and soothing to see his words. These have been trying times for my whole family, and to see someone who took the time and reported facts about the situation is a godsend. . . . On behalf of my family, thank you so much for your kind words about a difficult situation.
Sgt. 1st Class
Scott M. Allison
PUT THIS IN YOUR APPLE AND SMOKE IT!
In response to your article ["Frank Talk," March 7], I must say that while I think it's all good and well that Frank LaChance and his cohorts like to spend their leisure time staking out crack deals and serving eviction papers for inept property managers, I am compelled to disagree with him (or anyone else, for that matter) pressuring small businesses to remove legal hand-blown glass tobacco pipes from their shelves.
People are going to purchase these items whether the stores carry them or not. One of the many things history has taught us is that prohibition is profitable! As of right now, the state of Washington is receiving tax revenue from the retail sale of these products. In light of our current budget crisis, I must say that it's not like Washington doesn't need the money. If stores stop carrying these items, people will get them from an already existing black market.
These pipes are sold legally for "Tobacco Use Only." It is true that many people "misuse" [them]; however, I have compiled a list of other wonderful items that many people also misuse. Pop cans, tinfoil, potatoes, apples, . . . spoons, and even fish-tank air pumps are all convertible into pipes. I want to know if LaChance is planning a crusade against Washington apple growers anytime soon!
The glass pipe business is a cottage industry. The Seattle area is particularly noted for having some of the finest artists and artisans in the world. I myself have been blowing glass for five years. I make many things besides pipes, but they are definitely a good seller.
The last thing the Seattle area needs is more people out of work. Let's try to stay focused on real issues. Even if a time comes when you can no longer buy pipes at the Pike Place Market, I'm sure they will still sell all sorts of delicious fruits and vegetables that are absolutely screaming to be converted into paraphernalia for your drug of choice.
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