Letters to the Pilot
The old college try
From HOWARD HATLELID/ Storm Lake
I think those things in Dana Larsen's editorial about college costs needed to be said. I baled hay and straw with my Dad to raise money for college and guess who pulled the bales off the baler! During college, I worked driving taxi, showing films, putting on storm windows and anything else that would raise some money. During the summer, I worked 10 hours a day 6 days a week in a lumber yard and then at the end of the summer, did a bundle team for threshing harvest. Hard luck story, but it was good for me and I really didn't mind it that much at the time. It also made me stay in college as I didn't want to do that kind of work the rest of my life. So a little work getting through college might get kids ready for the real world and help them appreciate their education.
Wary on immigration
From CRAUG HALVERSON/ Griswold
As the director of the Iowa Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. I've seen the power of the grassroots. When Americans set their mind to something, they know how to get the job done.
The demise of the Senate amnesty bill is a good example. In the face of overwhelming support for amnesty from this president, and from those want an unending supply of cheap labor, "we the people" rose up and emphatically said NO! The Capitol swithcboard had to shut down before it melted.
The people demanded from the politicians what we in the Minutemen movement have been demanding all along: Protect the states from invasion... roll up the red carpet for those who break the law to get into our country. Enforce the laws that are already on the books. Secure the borders.
But this was just one battle. The political war for America's future is far from over. Our borders remain porous. Thousands of invaders continue to pour into our country every day... and the Ted Kennedys and Tom Harkins of the Senate continue to thwart the will of the people and the rule of law.
That's why we're not going to let up on them. That's why we don't stop until our country is secure. To paraphrase John Paul Jones, "We have only just begun to fight."