I’ve known Rosanna Pulido (“The anti-welcome lady,” Fletcher Farrar, April 5) since her entry into the struggle to restore sanity to our immigration policy, and I think it is grossly unfair to say that she considers immigrants and refugees to be “illegal aliens.” I have never heard her even come close to making such a statement.

I will agree, however, that she has said things in the past that have no place in our movement and have nothing to do with restoring respect for our immigration policy. Keep in mind that illegal alien advocates also have said inflammatory things in the past, but they have never gotten the attention of a national media whose members see this subject only from the perspective of the “poor immigrant searching for a better life.”

Nothing is ever said about the impact of mass immigration on our society’s ability to support it in terms of providing quality education, health care, restoration of infrastructure, and the resulting environmental degradation brought on by open space lost to development.

Elected officials like those in Springfield have sworn an oath to uphold our laws and the Constitution, but they are hypocrites when they say that “all” are welcome with no questions asked. We are a sovereign nation governed by the rule of law, both of which are being rejected by pandering politicians in Springfield and across the nation.

Be very careful of how you label people. Pulido’s insistence that we enforce immigration laws that were created to protect Americans and their jobs does not make her “anti-immigrant” or “anti-welcome.” If you’re going to use such terms, then you had better be able to provide evidence that supports your position. That is the same advice that I give to reporters when they quote illegal alien advocates who throw around terms like “racist,” “bigots,” “xenophobes,” “nativists” and the like to describe those who support the rule of law. These journalists and their editors accept such verbal abuse without question, and that makes them unprofessional – and pathetic.

Dave Gorak
Executive Director, Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration
La Valle, Wisconsin


About a week ago, I couldn’t for the life of me catch my breath. After some hurried consultation, I was admitted to St. John’s Hospital. Now, at 48, I have COPD and reduced lung function.

Upon learning this (and that I was to be cruelly jailed for at least the better part of a week), I decided to attempt escape. Not only did I not have the air required to do much of any moving at all, there were guards – a lot of guards. Smiling guards who were happy to be at work. Guards getting me water. Bringing me medicine. Offering a moment to ask how I was feeling. I made it my mission to make my time as painful as possible to the guard staff … but nothing would sway the smiles of the guards. I won’t forget their delight as they watched me improve, either. The guards and staff were so talented that I didn’t even stay long enough to get flowers or garner attention from distant relatives.

I could never have asked for or gotten better care than I did from that bunch of tireless and caring guards and staff that helped me through me recent troubles. They performed outstanding work, and I won’t forget their kindness. Thanks to everyone at St. John’s Hospital, but especially ER staff, my doctors and the 11th floor guards. You all are tops.

Bryan C. Gooden


Felons in Illinois can vote when released from prison. Bruce Rushton’s “Upon Further Review” column published April 12 erroneously said otherwise.

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