Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 19, 2012

Letters to the editor - Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

Unlawful decisions have consequences

In an editorial on Tuesday, the Kokomo Tribune took the position that requiring the children of illegal immigrants pay out-of-state tuition at state-supported colleges and universities is “unfair to immigrants.” The editorial board forgot an adjective. The headline should have read, “Law is unfair to illegal immigrants.”

The opinion piece went on to criticize Rep. Mike Karickhoff, who is from Kokomo and a co-sponsor of the bill passed by the General Assembly establishing the requirement. For one, I applaud his efforts.

One allegation in opposition to the measure is that “many undocumented students have been living in Indiana much of their lives and their parents actually have been paying taxes to support the state’s public institutions of higher learning.” I don’t know how this is possible without additional falsification of a Social Security number since that is required to file a tax return. Illegal immigrants don’t qualify for a Social Security number. If they have one, it would be yet another violation of law. Further, it is common street knowledge that a substantial portion of income received by illegal immigrants is in cash and never reported by either the recipient or the company that illegally operates this way.

Decisions do have consequences. The illegal actions of parents do not exempt their children from the consequences of violation of law by the parents. It should not be up to the taxpayers to subsidize non-Indiana citizen students, which is what the Tribune is proposing. This is not offered to out-of-state students who are United States citizens. It makes no sense to offer reduced fees to students who are not citizens of Indiana or the United States.

Kent Blacklidge



The Golden Rule, American-style

It’s sad to see that some things never change. He who has the gold makes the rules. We now have another prime example of this rule.

So the Board of Zoning Appeals turns down your request for gas pumps on a project the neighborhood doesn’t want in the first place? No problem! With enough deal-making and arm-twisting, we’ll just get it rezoned – again – to suit our needs.

We know better than you that Kokomo needs another store to buy cigarettes and Slurpees – and gas – at 3 a.m.

And with the new zoning, just think of what else we can put in the neighborhood. Maybe we can buy more property and do away with the whole residential thing altogether.

And they wonder why people are cynical and distrustful of the government, politicians and big business.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. I am the great and powerful Oz.

Steve Bachmann



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