Unpleasant tasks part of being in office

Eric Swalwell recently sent me an email touting his July 15 op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle about how certain myths of the border crisis are hindering solutions. Based on these views, this man is unsuited for his job as an elected official.

One "myth" he cites is the claim that Obama's policies -- specifically the 2012 executive order on deferred action and lax enforcement generally -- are responsible. He claims that if this were true then the crisis would have happened sooner. A lag of a year or so seems fairly short. I guess the Central Americans initially didn't believe a country would be so stupid as to do this either, but eventually they were disabused of that notion.

He then says that "send them home" is also a myth and not legal, easy or right. Well, it's certainly right and really rather easy to implement. If he believes it's not legal, then he should work to change that by repealing the 2008 Trafficking Victims Act so as to deport with a clear conscience.

The reality of governing is that unpleasant tasks are part of the job. Taxes must be collected, criminals imprisoned and sometimes executed, soldiers deployed in combat and illegal aliens deported. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. But don't sanctimoniously condescend to me and say it's not legal, easy or right.

People correctly say we have a broken immigration system. Elected officials like Eric Swalwell are the reason why.


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Jim Hemenway

San Ramon

Immigration against law encouraged

Regarding the comprehensive article by Pete Laurence in the July 20 issue of the Times: President Obama and many Democrats use the phrase "immigration reform" to represent how they wish to accommodate the millions of illegal aliens residing in America.

By their warped way of thinking, the longer such aliens have resided here, the more we should welcome them and guide them toward the benefits of citizenship. As long as our government projects this friendly posture, it is physically impossible, without overt force, to seal our border against the perpetual illegal deluge. Only a fool would argue that this lenient attitude is not contributing to the current wave of young aliens, who arrive at the Rio Grande through a flourishing conveyance network that Mexico condones.

Rather than enforcing our immigration laws, President Obama bends them toward his political goals. Even as we suffer from the daily impact of overpopulation, Senate Democrats voted to greatly increase the number of legal immigrants. There is no way such an onslaught will benefit most Americans, including Democrats like me.

Lawrence Thompson

Livermore

"International community" a code for U.S.

"To make haste slowly" is an example of an oxymoron, the definition of which is: "a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in 'constitutional monarchy.' "

Another oxymoron that is continually used by the New World Order folks is: "international community." That trite term is inculcated into the news almost on a daily basis. When you boil it down, the international community actually means the United States. Often you hear statements like, "The international community must do this or do that. I don't think I have ever heard statements like 'Portugal or Chad must do something." The rest of the world generally doesn't move unless the United States is leading and that is a difficult thing for the United States to do these days because in order to lead a leader is required.

Joe Crosslin

Pleasanton

The distracted are too busy for real world

An alarming sign of the times: another parent is arrested for leaving her young children unattended in a car. This time it was a 37- year-old Oakland woman who locked her children, ages 2 and 3, in her car parked in a lot across the street from where she was gambling at Casino 580 in Livermore. Fortunately, the kids were unharmed and taken into protective custody.

With the increase of babies or young children being left unattended in vehicles, intentionally or not, sometimes with tragic results, one man on Channel 2 News reports that some parents simply forget that their child is in the back seat. His suggestion: put something in the back seat that you wouldn't forget, like your cell phone or a briefcase.

While his advice sounds logical, it's absurd that some people need to place an inanimate object in the back seat to remind them of their own living, breathing child! You mean to tell me that one's cell phone is more important than one's baby? Talk about messed-up priorities. My husband and I refer to this generation as the "Phoners and the Stoners," individuals too distracted to live in the real world and get their priorities straight.

Linda Johnson

Danville

Trail safety on Iron Horse matters to all

Everyone who has walked, biked or skated on the Iron Horse Trail loves it.

The growing problem is all fitting together safely. My husband and I have walked it often with and without our dog since it was first paved and have noticed a big increase in use. We have seen several near-misses when bikers weave in and out without warning, and when people let their dogs block the bikers.

A possible solution would be to have a paved bike trail on either side where the traffic is especially heavy as in the Danville-Alamo section. We are so fortunate to have this wonderful trail. It was meant to be safely enjoyed by everyone.

Lois Tenzer

Danville

Abortion clinic violence being done to unborn

Here's a rebuttal to a letter published July 24.

The only violence occurring at an abortion clinic near you is what's happening inside the clinic, not outside. Babies who are systematically ripped apart limb from limb, who can feel pain, are the voiceless victims of abortion clinic violence. This is not conjecture; one of the jobs at an abortion clinic is to take inventory of body parts, to ensure nothing was left behind. Your fear-mongering is baseless as well as incendiary. Who are these "zealots who frequent clinics without any intentions of peaceful dialogues?" They are simply people praying the rosary, or offering information to people entering a clinic, who want nothing more than to help mother and child.

Wendy Weissman

Danville

Obama's not a pro-choicer on health care

In his response to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnst said (July 1): "President Obama believes that women should make personal health care decisions for themselves rather than their bosses deciding for them." This statement is interesting and hypocritical.

President Obama, with his signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, has single-handedly destroyed the ability of millions of Americans to make their own personal decisions regarding health care. It is important to note that at least half of those affected by this law are women.

Roberta Kautz

Pleasanton