2016-12-08 / Opinion


Getting What We Deserve

To the Editor:

Tis the season to count our blessings and be thankful for our abundance. In that vein, the City Council has recently added two new members, Jamie Bova and Susan Taylor and another familiar face, Harry Winthrop. Anticipation is that we will be well served by them and their fellow incumbents from the last term. Willingness to serve is clearly a blessing to our community and for that we all should be grateful.

However, two familiar faces will be missing and missed. Naomi Neville has decided to step down responding to the numerous exigencies of career and, I’m sure, motherhood. Naomi brought a quiet patience and reflection to her responsibilities on the Council and generally delivered common sense and thoughtful deliberation to her votes. Her kind of service is not often found and is always needed. She will leave big shoes to fill.

Justin McLaughlin has given 10 effective years to his intelligent service on the Council and losing his seat was a big disappointment to more than one local City Council watcher. If truth be told, it was apparent to even the most casual observer that Justin had always done his homework and then some, had spent numerous hours on outside research and background and above all tried to explore both sides of any issue so that the city would be more effectively served going forward. Further, no councilor visited more community organizations or sat through more weary meetings to gain balanced insight and perspective than Justin and it clearly showed when it came time to vote. His kind of representative service is very rare indeed and to say it will be missed is a major understatement.

Nevertheless, life goes on and no one is indispensable as we are about to find out whether nationally or locally. In the end, we always get the government we deserve.

Dave Wixted

An Immigrant’s Opinion

To the Editor:

I am an immigrant. I should stress “a legal immigrant,” because lately the word “immigrant” is assimilated with “illegal immigrant.” This way, Olga Enger’s article in Newport This Week from Dec. 1, 2016 ("Leaders Look at Local Immigration") is misleading by omitting the adjective “illegal.” I followed a long and arduous path to immigration, which enabled me a better understanding of the American culture and values.

I have nothing against immigration or immigrants, and recognize the fact that immigration is an important factor in making the United States of America what it is today. What I have an issue with is breaking the law. When breaking the law, there is no distinction between “good breaking the law” and “bad breaking the law”; the difference should be in the penalty. The sanctuary city idea is also discriminatory for other law trespassers. Why a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants, but not for shoplifters, or domestic violence perpetrators? It is also discriminatory for those who are geographically disadvantaged, and have no land path to the U.S., such as Africans, Europeans, Australians or Asians.

Illegal immigration is exactly what it says: illegal. The fact that the illegal aliens are hard-working people (which they are), or have children does not affect the fact that what they did is not legal. Their children will learn in school (which should accept and educate ALL children) that breaking the law is not a good thing. It is important for them to learn that there are LEGAL paths for immigration, followed by hundreds of thousands of law-abiding people and future U.S. citizens.

I think that the illegal immigrants are victims of those who exploit them, and take advantage of their illegal status and paying them sub-market wages. I also think that people who condone breaking the law just to pander to business are no better than fences that sell goods and services obtained in illegal ways.

Dr. Benedict Aurian-Blajeni

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