Disrespect for laws begets disrespect

The invasion of illegal aliens that continues into our country begs the question, "Why do these people feel so free to come?"

Is it because our president has decreed that people under 30 (with some specifications) will not be deported; or that his administration directed border states not to enforce immigration laws (according to Border Patrol testimony) and sued a state that tried to enforce federal laws; or that cities announce they are "sanctuary cities" and will not enforce immigration laws; or that sheriffs announce they will not cooperate with federal agents in turning over illegal aliens; or that legislatures grant driver's licenses to illegals; or that school officials and health providers are prevented from inquiring about immigration status; or that "ads" are running in other countries advising how to get "free" social services in the U.S. ...

If our leaders signal their contempt for our laws, why should others respect them? We should not be surprised by the result. The next question becomes, "How long can we absorb the cost, the crime and the disease that comes with this uncontrolled invasion?"

Mae Lewis

Orinda

The 'good fairy' of minimum wage laws

Minimum wage laws should be abolished. What the utopian socialists do not see or acknowledge are the tens of thousands of jobs not created when it's too expensive to pay $15 an hour when the task is worth much less.


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Small business is the most exploited segment of our society. The inability to live on minimum wage is not the responsibility of a business. Too, the socialist mentality to want to "make business pay" will push us further and further to a much lower standard of living.

The "good fairy" does not create wealth. It may make some "feel good" that there are minimum wage laws, but the reality is quite different.

Mike Levine

Moraga

God, Satan are imaginary

Concord City Councilman Dan Helix proposes to begin council meetings with a prayer. He states that all religious faiths will be represented. However, he would not invite a Satanist because, as he says, "Satan is the Devil."

Surely Mr. Helix knows that Satan and the Devil are imaginary creatures, in the same way that God is an imaginary creature.

Let's keep government secular and firmly grounded in reason.

Susan Sparkman

Walnut Creek