Cardinal addesses senators

first_imgThe future of the immigration issue rests not in the hands of those in Washington D.C., but in the hands of today’s youth, a former archbishop said at Student Senate’s meeting Wednesday. Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles, asked the senators how many of them knew an undocumented student who attended their high schools. Approximately half raised their hands. “We need you, you’re the ones who are going to get this done because you know personally people affected by our current policy which is very broken,” Mahony said. Mahony is currently advocating the Dream Act, a bill that would grant legal residency to undocumented students who attend college, graduate and serve in the military for a minimum of two years. “This act looks at one segment of undocumented people and that’s young people who were brought here at the age of 16 or younger,” Mahony said. “They did not make the choice to come here. They were brought here by parents or relatives.” These young people often graduate from high school and college, Mahony said, but have no where to go from there. “Once they finish college they are at the end of a dead end street because they have no Social Security number of legal status,” he said. “They can’t get a job that is equivalent to their education and training.” Mahony has spoken with many of these “dreamers,” including some attending Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College, and said he feels heartbroken by it. “They say to me, ‘What do I do when graduation comes?’ And I don’t have an answer,” he said. “I don’t have any next step to utilize what they have done and gone through to help them.” The Dream Act is a simple yet highly rewarding way to reform the current immigration laws, Mahony said. However, the federal government did not pass the Dream Act when it was before Congress. Mahony said anti-immigration feelings are running high due to the economic downturn. “In 2000, no one was discussing immigration because unemployment was at 3.9 percent and we needed all those people,” he said. “But every time there’s a recession there is always a new focus on immigration as a problem. In our country we’re really bent on blaming someone for our economic downturns, and we inevitably turn to immigration.” Mahony said this constantly changing attitude is similar to the United States erecting a fence with two signs, one that says “No trespassing” and another that says “Help wanted.” For example, the United States claims it does not want or need more workers, Mahony said. However, the undocumented immigrants often perform the jobs that many Americans refuse to do themselves. “If we moved all the standards of regular U.S. employees and the benefits and wages to agriculture, then a head of lettuce would probably cost $5,” Mahony said. “On one sense, we don’t want these people here. On the other hand we like our lettuce for 70 cents a head.” The last major immigration law was the Immigration Regulation and Control Act of 1986, Mahony said. This act gave a limited amnesty to undocumented immigrants who had been living in the U.S., working and paying their bills for the past five years. Mahony said many church leaders asked the federal government to include plans for the future in the act and the government promised to address that issue later, but never did. “Now we have 11 million undocumented living in the U.S. today, almost all of them living in blended families where some members are documented and some are not,” he said. “And we can’t move them out of the shadows.” The dreamers represent a very small portion of the undocumented, Mahony said, a portion whose talents and gifts are being wasted. In the meantime, he said the only advice he can offer these students is to remain in school despite the discouragement they often feel. “It is better to be educated than not educated,” he said. “As we move down the road and there’s an opportunity for you to become legal, and we’re going to get there, your having a college education is extremely valuable.”last_img read more

President has duty to defend elections

first_imgThe anthem was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 as a poem. It was written to celebrate an account of him witnessing a battle during the War of 1812. The British had bombed Fort McHenry, yet the symbol of our country survived the attack and our nation survived the war. Mr. Key was impressed with the courageous resilience of the defenders of the country.The original poem had four verses. We only sing the first verse. The last verse includes: “O thus be it ever, when freemen shall standBetween their loved homes and the war’s desolation. Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land. Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just …”Over 200 years later, our country was attacked by a foreign power that sought to interfere with our electoral process, which is the foundation of our democracy. Yet the current government has failed to take any serious action to defend the nation against this attack and hold the attackers accountable or prevent future attacks. The president takes an oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”The national election process is prescribed in the Constitution. Therefore, as president, he has a sworn duty to protect and defend the electoral process. O Say can you See?Paul ZawistowskiBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Broadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fall Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAt the Super Bowl, thousands of proud Americans stood for the playing of the national anthem. How many of them knew the words? Half maybe? How many knew what the anthem is about? Even less.last_img read more

Clay County Fair Speedway moves to Sunday night racing

first_imgSPENCER, Iowa – The tradition of IMCA racing will continue this summer with Sunday night ac­tion at the Clay County Fair Speedway.Ten dates are on the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing weekly schedule this summer. Spe­cial events will include two fair dates, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock and Stock Car specials, and a stop by the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds in August.Sunday June 4 will kick off the speedway’s third full season, which will run weekly through Aug. 13. Sprinkled in will be two Tuesday night dates as well as the Monday, Aug. 7 Hawkeye Dirt Tour event.“We’re really excited about our move to Sunday racing here at the fairgrounds,” said Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “We’ll be one of the few tracks running on Sunday nights in the area, which should make for great racing for the drivers and fans alike.”Adult general admission for regular season races will be $12; youth ages 12 and under are admit­ted free. Pit passes for regular season races are $25. Hot laps for Sunday will start at 5:30 p.m. sharp with racing to follow.Rod Olson will take over the race director position this season with the retirement of Joe Ringsdorf. Olson has been active in the racing industry as a driver, promoter and IMCA tech offi­cial in the Northwest Iowa area for more than 20 years and currently promotes at two other area tracks. He brings with him fresh ideas that should excite both fans and drivers this season.For a detailed schedule of events visit Follow @ClayCountyFair on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook by visiting to learn more information about the 2017 racing season at the Clay County Fair Speedway as it be­comes available.ABOUT CLAY COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAYThe reconstructed 3/8-mile clay track on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer known as the Clay County Fair Speedway made its debut in 2007. The track offers increased corner banking to adjust for the higher speeds of auto racing and a state-of-the-art lighting system to make the races more visible for both drivers and fans.last_img read more