Readers comment on DREAM Act, holiday greetings

Posted Dec. 10, 2010, at 12:05 a.m.

This week, ClickBack asked editorial page readers about the DREAM Act and holiday greetings. Here are selected responses. To see more, go to bangordailynews.com and look for ClickBack on the Opinion tab.

Should undocumented immigrant children have a path to citizenship?

The Dream Act is not about the children, it is about the adults.

The claim is that they were brought here as children but are now adults as old as 35.

How does an illegal alien prove when he was brought here?

This is backdoor amnesty for the majority of illegals in the country.

— newportres

Yes, they should. They should go to their home country and apply just like all noncitizens.

— mAineAc

We should embrace these children and invest in their human potential for our own sake as well as theirs. Xenophobic fervor directed at those who are blameless and seek to contribute is reprehensible.

— bealtaine

The only reason for any nonresident to become a resident other than through normal immigration procedures is to serve honorably in the military for four years. The student part is a joke that would do nothing but create “chain” amnesty (i.e. the son or daughter becomes a legal immigrant and then sponsors his or her parents). When legal, each parent then sponsors two brothers, sisters or other family illegally here, and they in turn do the same. The rules are too loose, lack tough verification standards and, like our borders today, would only be marginally enforced.

— chanor

We should assume they haven’t been paying taxes since they were 18 years old and charge them back taxes, including both the employer’s and employee’s share of Social Security for each year since then. When they pay what they owe, then we can talk about a method for granting them citizenship. Until then, they need to line up for deportation.

— oldmainer

Is “Happy holidays” the appropriate greeting this time of year?

Can we stop with this fake controversy? Are people so insecure about their faith that they need to have it specifically validated by others through a greeting?

The fact is that there are multiple holidays celebrated during the span of several weeks. Why is it bad to want to be inclusive and recognize that we’re all celebrating something?

I think we need to be happy for what we have and be grateful that people are sending us warm wishes in the first place.

— Mittsgl

Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah!

— Tedlick Badkey

This is a time of year when we should all try to be better people toward one another. If a store clerk says happy holidays to me, I think it is in the spirit of the season to smile and thank them and wish them a happy holiday as well.

Or, if you’re so inclined, answer, “Merry Christmas.” But don’t say it like you are correcting them.

If “Happy holidays” is political correctness at its worst to you, there are billions of people on this planet who would happily trade their life’s troubles for yours.

— ConvivialVisits

Christmas to Christians is the day of the year we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We would do well to remember that it’s not Santa but Christ that has truly blessed this nation. He (Jesus) is the reason for the season.

Merry Christmas to all.

— definatemaybe

From the week of Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, I say, “Happy holidays,” because in our American culture, this is the season of many holidays.

From a day or two before Christmas through Christmas Day, I will say, “Merry Christmas,” even to those I don’t know are Christians, because I want everyone’s day to be a merry and happy one, no matter what religious affiliations they have or don’t have.

— J_Johnson

The trouble with political correctness is that it often undervalues our differences in service of some watered-down harmony. True harmony comes from recognizing and respecting our differences; at this season and any other, the key to a proper greeting is knowing your audience. An educated guess gone wrong is a learning opportunity. I remember to wish my Muslim friends a happy Eid; if I knew someone celebrating Kwanzaa, I’d inquire about their traditions. If I know someone is celebrating Christmas, why would I wish them a merry anything else? (And if we can manage the cultural curiosity and respect this implies, we’ll be doing better year-round.)

— Tavi Merrill

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