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10 Thursday, October 9, 1997 Pdhpamp Vail, Gazette Border Problems? Simple. l Remove them On one of my two-week ventures into northern Ontario, Canada, I had a rather interesting experience that came'to mind with last year's proposal to build a 20,foot wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Myself and a few friends re-entered the United States in Northern Minnesota. The Border Patrol in the U.S. asked if we were bringing anything back with us. The answer was, "no." The guard then became a little more specific, "Any cigarettes or alcohol?" As it happened, we did have a case of beer in the camper that I hadn't considered so I mentioned it. Wrong thing to do. "You're going to have to pull over to that fence and either drink it all or pour it out," he told us. I was amazed. "What?t* I exclaimed. He proceeded to inform us of some stupid law and we proceeded to pour a ease of Molsen's on the ground. How ridiculous. Now let's go back to the stupid, but serious, proposal to build a 20-foot wall along the Mexican border. Proponents say it will solve all our illegal immigration problems and will only cost a few million. Nonsense! If this wall is supposed to cover the entire border it will cost billions. Any jerk can see that. The only way to counter an extreme proposal is with another extreme proposal. Here's my suggestion: Open the border. Now, before you think I've gone completely nuts, let's think about this. Why do we need a border guard up on the Canadian border? Do away with it. Let people move II I I I IIIlll II . II NORT00RN EXPOSURE by Dave Downing freely through the border. If the Canadi- ans want to force Canadians to dump Bud on the ground let them do it. But let's drop the U.S. side. I can't think of a single reason why we need it. What about Mexico? Bit of a difficult situation here. Illegal immigration, drug traffic, criminals, etc. A sticky wicket. Maybe not. First, the Border Patrol states unequivo- cally that over 99 percent of those entering the United States illegally are family-oriented people trying to im- prove their lot in life. Can't blame a family trying to escape the horrible poverty that exists in Mexico. Drug traffic. Even the DEA admits they don't even get a trickle of the total narcotics coming across the border. So, this is obviously a failure anyway. Why are we spending so much money on a failure? Immigration is the sticky spot. We need a change in laws and then open the border The law that allows a child born in this country to become an automatic U.S. citizen is dumb. Get rid of it. Parents who have entered this country and have a child while here should not be allowed citizenship status for that child. Allow those who have entered the U.S. to obtain work and completely tax their earnings. They should pay into Social Security, Medicare, state taxes, etc. However, they should not be entitled to those services unless they become citizens. The only thing that they should be allowed is emer- gency services; police, fire and medical. No person in this country should be denied that. U.S. citizens must be given priority in any job status.  But, these folks are coming in and working jobs that the U.S. citizen doesn't want to do. Farm labor, sewing sweat shops, etc. Heek, if we're too lazy to do this work give it to them. Actually, if you want to solve the problem then take the billions of dollars it would cost to build this stupid wall and give the money to the poor of Mexico. It would make them rich and they would then want to stay in their own country. Where have all the freedoms gone? When I look back on the three-quarters of a century I have lived, they were indeed interesting times. I was born in 1921, shortly after World War I and a decade before the Great Depression. I graduated from Purdue University in 1942 and spent World War H flight testing Navy dive bombers for Curtiss-Wright in Columbus, Ohio. This was very risky work and I had several close calls. I had my induction papers in my hands three times but was called back on each occasion. After the war. in t945, I married and spent a year or so working for Wright Aeronautical in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey. We lived in a wailer in Fort Lee, NewJersey,just over the Gexge Washington bridge from New York City. In 1947, after a particularly nasty winter, I quit my job and we headed for California with the trailer, a dog and acat. Our adventures were manifold along the way. California, in those days, was like a breath of fresh air. The climate was delightful. After the stuffiness of the East Coast, there seemed to be real freedom. The people had a wild diversity, but they were outgoing and friendly. No one cared how you ran your life so long as you let them alone. The San Fernando Valley, where we settled, was mostly open fields. From a trailer park in Van Nuys we graduated to a home in Reseda, where my wife bore me two sons. In the ensuing years I worked for a succession of aerospace com- panies, always advancing. In 1964 we bought our final California home in Chatsworth. It had a fireplace, a guest house, a pool and an underground bomb shelter I converted into a sauna. Chatsworth was then remote and rural, at the far northwestern comer of the Valley. California was changing! With the vast influx of new people, including recent immigrants, the empty fields of the Valley were filling up with housing tracts and shopping centers. At the local supermarket there was a babble of voices, few of them in English. Crime increased drastically, particu- larly carjackings. Then the Watts riots occurred and gangs roamed the suburbs, temporarily unprotected by the police. I kept my guns loaded and ready, but never had to use them. The California legislature overreacted. They passed law after law, restricting freedoms. They also interposed new I I Changing Patterns by Richard Reul ! =J,,tlf, fl,;= iii11111111111 illlllllllllll I111]11111100 IIIIImllllllll I levels of bureaucracy to control business. Taxes increased, moving from onerous to confiscatory. From one of the most free, California swiftly became one of the most restrictive in gun laws. Housing developers encroached on gun ranges and eventually shut them down. The war against smoking started in California. Today it is virtually impossible to find a restau- rant or bar there that allows its customers to smoke. This trend is unfortunately spreading across the country. People everywhere are discovering that they can use the government's monopoly on force to coerce others into con- formance with their narrow beliefs. The burgeoning Federal bureaucracy is only too happy to go along. Agencies write countless new regulations that have the force of law. Our prisons are overflowing. We incarcerate more people, per- centage-wise, than any country in the world. New prison construction is a growth industry. , What ever happened to "live and let live?" Our country was built on diversity and cooperation. Government-en- forced conformity is not the way. Our two major political parties are a disgrace. The Demo- crats are clearly bandits, exploiting everything to gain power. The Republicans have become whining disciples, supporting only minor deviations from Democratic policies. They nego- tiate from weakness, exaggerate their minor triumphs and ignore their manifold failures. The Libertarians seem to have the right track, but their rigid doctrines and unwillingness to accept the principle of transition have alienated many poten- tial supporters. Perhaps the solution exists in something like California's Proposition Law. Them, with enough signatures, the people can override the legislature and create new laws. They have recently done so in the rejection of Affmnative Action and approving the medical use of marijuana. Maybe we need a national Proposition Law. Whatever, the United States must decide in what direction it is moving. In many respects it has departed from being a free country and has taken on the aspects of a police state. Diversity must b accxmunodated and not repressed. We must stop tilling our prisons and building more. Is anyone listen- ing? Rocket Test gone bad This is not one of my usual columns where I try to look at the lighter ide of things. It concerns something serious that happened last Saturday night - Sunday morning (Oct. 4- 5) when a lot of us were awakened by the sounds of loud explosions to the north of us. What it was was a supposedly safe rocket test conducted by our neighbors over at the Nevada Test Site that went bad. Where a thirty foot plus three foot diameter rocket thet was supposed to land on a dry lake on the test site instead veered offcom and crashed less than three miles as the crow flies from Goldfield. If it hadgonejust a little further it could have landed in Silver Peak where one resident happened to see the flashes of the several explosions occuning after the rocket had crashed. Or if it hadn't veered off course as much, our sister city of Tonopsh would have had a rude awakening. ,a, irLt-,-,"esting side note is that a few months ago my wife, aim Ditto, had written Senator Bryan about safety concerns when these tests were first announced to be taking place. And we received a form letter assuring us that nothing could possibly gowrong. In a canned press release received from the Department of Energy that the crash was seen in Goldfield which would have been hard due to the mountain range between it and Goldfield and they talked about a safety buffer zone where the general public was to avoid during the launch window. Not that them would have been much general public out and about at that time of night. Slim Sez by Slim Sirnes Another statement i'n this release was "The objective of the planned launch was to establish the necessary infrastructure at the test site to supportrocket launch activities. In addition, the test fLring will provide information related to fuse performance." Does this mean we can expect more of the same and what is the purpose of learning about time perfor- mance? Last I heard we weren't at war with anyone. Ditto and I tried to visit the impact site to learn what we could. But were prevented from going to the scene by heavily armed security personnel from the test site. I haven't seen ,, much weaponry since I was in the army many years ago. The there were all sorts of unmarked new vehicles with no license plates occupied by people who concealed their identity by placing them in their shirt or coat pockets. I couldn't even get a "No Comment" out of them. This is our tax dollars at work? As near ns I can  the P.V. Crazette reporter, Ditto and myself were the only news media doing or attempting to do any coverage of this important event. Seems like fund raising and promise keeping are more important. Let's just hope that the Cassini launch comes off alright. The idea of sending 63 or so pounds of plutonium into space in a Titan launch system with a failure rate of one in twenty doesn sound like to good odds for me or the rest of us. Who will take responsibility ifR goes wrong? Something more to look forward to is the possibility of nuclear wte Wavering around the county in what we are assured will be a "safe" manners. I normally end my columns with "Have a good one." This time I will change it a bit and say "I hope we will have a good one."