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ORANGECOUNTY ( CALIFORNIA ) Our MEDIA at work, or not????????

  1. OLYHOOCH profile image61
    OLYHOOCHposted 5 years ago

    This is a very good letter to the editor. This woman made some good points...
    For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions.. This lady made the argument pretty simple. NOT printed in the Orange County Paper..................

    Newspapers simply won't publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not agree with the philosophy they're pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help it will get published via cyberspace!

    "David LaBonte"
    My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to "print" it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:

    Dear Editor:
    So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

    Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when
    There was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

    They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

    Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None
    Of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people.

    When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

    And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the
    Entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on
    Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

    And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

    Rosemary LaBonte


    I sincerely hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation!!

    Robert Jones
    "Life is too short for bad tone"
    "In God We Trust"

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      Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Right on.

    2. Quilligrapher profile image88
      Quilligrapherposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Oly.  Nice to see you again.
      I’ve noticed that a great many posters in political forums don’t bother to verify the accuracy of a lot of the stuff they cut and paste. Too many, it seems, don’t care if they are spreading misinformation so long as they’re creating the desired false impression.

      Do you think, Oly, out of respect for their readers, they should check into the existence of David and Rosemary LaBonte and an alleged letter that a newspaper refused to print?  Does it matter to them at all if this couple is real or factitious? Do they really believe “Mrs. LaBonte’s” version of the typical immigrant’s life in the US during 1900 is factual? I think not, my friend, because most of what she claims is fantasy.

      Now that sounds like naive praise for the “good old days”, Oly, but it isn’t at all how things actually were. It is fiction designed to portray former waves of aliens as much better, even perfect, and more modern additions to our society as being increasingly worse. This entire email is a distorted representation of the 20 million immigrants who processed through Ellis Island from 1890 and 1930. For them, the only common denominator was a desire for a new life and a brighter future.
      The fact is that never happened. Some immigrants of that era relied on scams, petty theft, and a broad range of other crimes formerly practiced in their homelands. Some criminal activities were organized on a major scale such as the Italian mafia and Chinese triads.
      In the real world of the 1900, some immigrants resisted assimilation be moving into inner-city neighborhoods like Little Italy and Chinatown in NYC, Germantown in Philadelphia, etc.  These communities reinforced their original cultures and languages while delaying the need to adopt the American culture and English language.
      Surely, you know, Oly, most immigrants keep their original family names.  Many who changed their names, did so reluctantly, not to "blend in with their new home," but to escape the prejudices, persecution, and violence typically endured by various national, ethnic, and religious groups as each took its turn in the US social pecking order.
      A hundred years ago, society in the US consisted of large blocks of immigrants and first generation Americans (1) opposed to U.S. entry into World War I (particularly Irish-Americans and German-Americans) or (2) affiliated with political groups (primarily socialists) which openly refused to participate in the war.
      Buried among all of the false assertions is this truth included for the purpose of creating a false impression. It pretends former emigrants resisted free lunches, welfare, and supportive labor laws when, as you already know, such government programs and regulations did not yet exist for either immigrants or native-born Americans.
      And so, Oly, in the end, all the imaginary characteristics you and Mrs. LeBonte attribute to all of the former waves of immigrants aren’t as universal as you both would have us believe.  In reality, the similarities between today’s immigrants and those of a century ago are much greater than the differences. To demonize today’s documented immigrants is to admit you have an underlying fear that our American ideals might not survive a fresh, new perspective of the future.
      Thanks, Oly, for your cutting and pasting. Isn’t it a poor substitute for original opinion supported by factual data?

      1. OLYHOOCH profile image61
        OLYHOOCHposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Morning, Quilligrapher. Well, seemed a little far fetched to me, but, this is one of the reasons I bring things like this to Hubs.

        I am no Rocket Scientist and know some of my History. It is when I get a reply such as yours that I learn something.

        YES, I do believe that a LINK as to your source should be with your post. You know I do add a link when ever I can, to back up what I find.

        Otherwise, you would not have mentioned that.

        I am still puttering around with Politics and 2012 is going to be a Dandy.

        Thank you for your post and I am glad to see that you back up my thought's.

        Now you know what I do when I have nothing to do, LOL


  2. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago


    1. OLYHOOCH profile image61
      OLYHOOCHposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Ron, glad to see ya.


  3. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago

    Did the Americans kiss the ground after wiping out Indian villages?

    1. OLYHOOCH profile image61
      OLYHOOCHposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Well, I really don't know. I was not there.


      1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
        Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Were you at Ellis island in 1900?

        1. OLYHOOCH profile image61
          OLYHOOCHposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          No, but my dad was.


          1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
            Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Did he kiss the ground, or murder an Indian?

            1. OLYHOOCH profile image61
              OLYHOOCHposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              You must be having a bad day, but it is good to hear from you. I am still same-o same-o.

              Have a good night,


              1. OLYHOOCH profile image61
                OLYHOOCHposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                PS, I still don't know. I was not born yet, LOL


  4. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigrat … grants.asp

    By the way, for real letters, newspapers are not required to print every single letter to the editor.