Apr 26th 2010 9:19PM Get real---my Russian grandfather was not welcomed here even though three of his sons fought for this country in WWII and the Korean War. My Austrian grandfather was not welcome either and beatings and discrimination were common in the steel industry in Pittsburgh and other areas. Three of his sons served in WWII and one in the US Army during following years.
No one changed the language. My father had Russian speaking parents and attended a school where everything was in English. My grandparents did not fly any flag other than the US and had to give up their citizenship to become a US citizen. DO you realize that a Mexican citizen still retains Mexican citizenship even if they become US citizens? Mexico does not require/allow a person born there to give up the Mexican status. Of course this causes conflict of interest and just look at the Montebello, CA school raising the Mex flag --- how can US children attend school and concentrate with that nonsense going on?
Apr 26th 2010 9:06PM I have two Hispanic (Chile and Spain) daughter-in-laws. Step grand kids visited us last summer and plan to do so this year. We recently met a young professional couple in Mex City and they were our guests in the US over Easter weekend.
It is not the "hispanic' aspect that is of question. It is the socio-economic and educational level as well as the "illegal" aspect. When someone breaks a law it is generally "the tip of the iceberg" and one wonders how many other laws have been ignored and broken. The term "illegal" immigrant says it all. In addition, the unskilled worker (who often produces many children he/she is unable to support) of any nationality is considered a drain on the system. Due to the cost of travel, it is generally the better educated, more determined, wealthier, or with US established family immigrants from the Asian countries who can afford to travel and emmigrate from their native land. The railroad building days for the west coast are far behind us, as are the steel mills. With the US putting plants in foreign countries, the laborers would do better to stay home!
Apr 26th 2010 8:35PM ---fairly good response on the part of Ms. Erbe. However, one thing she and others responding left out is that no other country is as open to immigration as the US. I am trying to settle an estate for my uncles in Mex City and Mazatlan---I cannot own land within 100 miles of the coast as I am not a Mex citizen!!! Since a Mex citizen is not able to relinquish Mex citizenship, when he or she arrives in the US, dual nationality exists, but for US citizens, a choice is forced, US or the other. Maybe the US should learn from the other nations who do not make it so friendly for US citizens to go to. Maybe the US should look less kindly on the celebration of Mex or other independence days (especially when another flag is waved during fourth of July). I have no doubt that I would have been jailed or beaten last September 16 th during the Mex independence celebration in Mex City if my husband or I had waved a US flag. ...an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth---the US just does not seem to learn. By the way, I am of second generation Eastern European ancestry and my husband is SAR. Most of our male relatives have been in the US armed forces and/or the Confederate or Union Army.
Apr 24th 2010 5:07PM Hey Out There===this is a melting pot. I have a Russian grandmother with the tartar hordesmen features and an Austrian born, but Cossack, Grandpa with red hair and blue eyes. Praise the Lord I got the light hair and blue eyes and height but my brother has the dark brown hair, dark eyes and is not tall.
Rourke is a hot actor, (he is just hot, period---even at his age) and with his movement and eye contact, will do quite well!
Apr 24th 2010 12:35PM I think this action was long overdue. Keep in mind that a high percentage of the law enforcement agents in Arizona are of Mexican American descent and are here legally. Obama implied people should not be afraid of change, so I have difficulty understanding his negative position when someone else institutes change....sounds a bit hypocritical. Jan Brewer, you go girl!!!
Apr 17th 2010 11:14PM with Mash, of course-LOL!
Apr 17th 2010 11:12PM I am still trying to get a Heinz product sold overseas (HP mild Indian curry) in Indiana. I absolutely love it and cannot get it in the Heinz (home) territory. Oringinally from Pittsburgh, Heinz home base, I cannot figure this out. Yes, Indiana is provincial compared to PA, but I cannot even get it in PA!
Apr 14th 2010 3:04PM Wow, a bendable straw!!! That is such an awesome perk. How can the journalists even begin to accept pay for witing such drivel. The woman wss a VP candidate and as such can capitilize on her experiences. Look at what all the other ex officials, and their spouses (yes Hollary as not even a candidate, but just as a wife of an elected official at the time) made. Quit griping and run for public office! You may just get a bendable straw, and perhaps it can be made of organic materials---what a bonus.
Mar 9th 2010 4:45PM Maybe if people actually cooked and prepared food at home from the basic ingredients, this problem would not occur. Just look at the aisles and aisles of heat and eat frozen entrees, premixed salad, boxed and boil, etc. Instead of buying all the instant, ready-made, heat-it-up stuff, why not cook from scratch? It is more cost effective, healthier, family oriented and nutritious.
Even when out at a moderately nice restaurant, many of the entrees come in pre portioned, partially cooked, "well-preserved" etc. Although I like a good mystery book, I think mystery food is a "no-no."
Mar 3rd 2010 2:15PM Even if Shelly (no, I am not a fan) has no real funding, plan, mandate, etc., I think it is admirable that she and/or her advisors have chosen this as the "cause" for the first lady. If nothing else, it will bring greater awareness and perhaps some results at the grass roots level. I do believe welfare reform and nutrition/activity are closely interwoven.
Although a woman may not even be able to take care of herself, the more kids she has, the more government money, food programs, benefits, etc. she gets. Most food stamp programs will not let a person buy laundry detergent, but will allow the purchase of a %50 birthday cake loaded with icing---go figure. Perhaps a plan like the Chinese government has, where only the first child is recognized would encourage more rsponsible behavior for welfare recipients. There are a lot of changes that could be made for permitted food purchases---bar coding systems could permit only the purchase of fresh items or ingredients to make a dish, for example, a bag of rice for $1-several meals--as opposed to a frozen rice casserole or rice-a-roni
which is less than one meal at three times the price.
Even cooking is a source of activity as opposed to pushing buttons on a microwave. Let's give this a chance and support it---what have we got to lose?