Terror suspects should not have been on dole

What have I done for you that you have turned against me? The U.S. government can pose this age-old question to the two Chechen brothers turned terrorists.

For the last 10 years, they were given political asylum, welfare, free education and scholarships at U.S. taxpayers' expense supporting their luxurious lifestyle.

In the past, immigrants came to U.S. for a better future. During their struggle they also built a better America. Now, some immigrants come with a mission to use free Medicare and welfare to bankrupt and destroy America.

Wealth in America is created by productive jobs. It is now being manipulated, wasted and consumed by the welfare system with loose regulations without enforcement and ever-increasing dependents. When government depends on people, the nation flourishes; when people depend on government, the nation diminishes.

Primary functions of a good government are maintaining (a) law and order, (b) national security, (c) defense and (d) public health (not personal health). Public welfare and charity are the primary functions of religious institutions. A good government must act only as facilitator, not as provider.


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The Boston bombers case clearly proves that the welfare system is diminishing America. American taxpayers have been made to nurture the terrorists. Beside the lives taken, the damage they have caused well exceeds $30 million in medical expenses and the FBI and police efforts. In addition, the court costs will include free defense attorneys for the terrorists and their accomplices.

Recommendations: (a) transfer the welfare responsibility to religious institutions and (b) adopt a different set of procedural laws for controlling and adjudicating terrorism.

T.S. Khanna

Alamo

Clinton backed some good ideas on immigration

As Congress continues its slow efforts toward "immigration reform," Times readers should be aware of some history.

In 1990, Congress established a bipartisan commission on immigration, which became known as the Jordan Commission, after its chair, the late Democratic U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan. Their 1997 final report was endorsed by President Clinton and has this executive summary: "The credibility of immigration policy can be measured by a simple yardstick: people who should get in, do get in; people who should not get in are kept out; and people who are judged deportable are required to leave."

The Jordan Commission report urged greater integration (education, language, etc.) of new immigrants, reducing the total number of legal immigrants to about 550,000 a year (eliminating the "diversity visa" and preferences for extended family members of citizens), outlined ways to rationalize temporary worker visa programs, and insisted on vigorous immigration law enforcement with no further amnesties.

The report is comprehensive, and can be read online (just search for Jordan Commission final report).

Write your senators and representatives and ask if they have read the Jordan Commission's report. There's been no shortage of good ideas -- just a lack of will in Congress to act.

Mike Heller

Danville

Death provides hollow victory to anti-gun crowd

I found it refreshing to finally read about a killing in which no guns were involved ("Teacher arrested in wife's stabbing death," June 18 Times). The irate husband in this case -- fortunately not in possession of a gun -- was forced to use a simple pocket knife to kill his terrified wife. Just as fortunately, his wife was not in possession of a gun. Had she been, she undoubtedly would have killed her husband, thus adding another death to the already sad statistics of people being killed by guns. Tragedy averted!

MaryJo Welti

Danville

Answers are urgently needed on Bay Bridge

The ongoing upgrade of the Bay Area bridge is a process that is in total failure mode.

And it is replacing the older bridge sections that withstood a major quake with only one section failing due probably to poor material, construction and/or lack of proper maintenance.

The construction of all "safety-related" items such as automobiles, airplanes, trains, buildings, bridges etc. normally develop extensive design specifications and related tests to maximize reliability after construction. The Bay Area bridge upgrade is no exception to this requirement.

Of all the articles that I have read regarding this project I have yet to see any reference to such data. I have to believe that this information exists and would clearly show the shortcomings of this project. In the case of the Bay Area bridge I would expect these specifications and tests would include all cables, bolts and struts that are critical to the strength of the final assembly.

As I understand it, the bolts that broke were merely being tightened to the normal torque for final assembly, not anywhere near the expected stress level expected when the Big One hits. If this were done right now I would expect that all of the bolts would break.

To summarize the following questions need to be answered:

  • What are the specs for all cables, bolts and other steel members? This to include tensile, hardness and torque requirements for normal assembly and for the expected earthquake that we all know is coming.

  • What were the test results of all previously used components? I suspect that most of this was not performed. Incredible but true? If so, everyone assigned to this program should be fired for allowing this to happen.

  • Why should anyone believe that the "fix" for the bolt problem should be any better? What are the specs for the "cables" to be used and related test results?

    David Brusiee

    Pleasanton

    Overpopulation warnings have gone unheeded

    The June 14 article, "U.S. whites decline; now a minority in under-5 age group" by Hope Yen, of The Associated Press, makes me wonder what everyone else was doing when the whites/Caucasians were reading and following the warnings of professor Paul Erlich's 1968 book, "The Population Bomb."

    Yen's article restates what we all know, "Fueled by immigration and high rates of birth ...." So, who was paying attention to overpopulation? Uh, never mind.

    Nancy Stevens

    Pleasanton