WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

This old house Grovenet Wal*Mart Visiting Poland American wine better than French.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


How can you tell when the hell freezes over?

It's been very cold here lately. For example, the low on Friday is forecasted to be around 22. So just as I was wondering where was "global warming" when you needed it, the Oregon Daily Emerald published this editorial:
OFIR (Oregonians For Immigration Reform) members are correct in asserting that illegal immigrants should not be able to receive government-funded social services such as health care and food stamps. The Oregon Department of Human Services currently has a $172 million budget deficit. Those who want to benefit from government services offered in the United States should be legally deemed allowed to do so beforehand.

This also makes me think of the priorities of our own News-Times. It has been inexplicably silent on the issue even though a similar event took place on its territory not even a month ago.

The new editor must be aware that other papers are printing stories on the subject. He probably watches some TV from time to time and sees stories like the one by Frontline that talks about how Mexican Mafia and illegal migrants are setting large and small Meth labs all around Oregon. He must know this has bigger impact on our communities than a Wal*Mart super center.

Is he being silenced by the publisher? Is he personally biased? I wonder how it feels when you discover that the editorial board of a college paper has more integrity and courage to say anything, even things, with which I would not agree, while you keep silent?

First, you must know that you are cheating your readers. My subscription renewal form will probably go unanswered this year. I will be watching News-Times website for signs of improvement before I renew my subscription.

Second, you must know that there are people who get their news from other sources and they know you are not doing your job. And they wonder about your motives.

There is always the possibility that he is simply afraid. That Frontline story would put some fear in anybody. I know I would think twice before crossing Mexican Mafia, La Razza or another, similar organization. This is very like what's going on with those Muslim cartoons. But couldn't he get inspired by actions taken recently by other college papers?

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