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Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: April 30, 2013

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Opinion,Letters to the Editor

Retire lawmakers who don't protect gun rights

Re: "Let NRA be in charge of protecting students," From Readers, April 26

Emilio Iasello's letter begins on the false premise that 90 percent of the public supported the Senate gun control bill. Actually, only 4 percent of respondents cared about gun control, according to a Gallup poll published April 15.

And anyway, Iasello is missing the point. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (remember that little document?) says that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." There is no provision in the Constitution for restricting the rights of millions of law-abiding Americans based on the evil actions of a few.

The National Rifle Association does not espouse gun violence, it merely affirms the right of U.S. citizens to arm themselves under the Second Amendment. Lawmakers who vote to break the law by restricting the rights of citizens deserve to be voted out of office.

Joe Garber

Leesburg

McAuliffe's outside donations raise troubling questions

Re: "McAuliffe gets 78% of campaign cash from outside Virginia," April 23

At the end of this article, there is a quote from University of Mary Washington political scientist Stephen Farnsworth, who stated, "I don't think there are going to be a lot of voters in the state that are going to care whether the money comes from Maryland or Pennsylvania or not." This is very concerning.

Virginia voters need to ask themselves why people from California, Connecticut, Illinois and New York are giving so much money to Terry McAuliffe. What influence will this out-of-state money have on his campaign? How will this money affect his policy?

And why doesn't Terry McAuliffe have this same support in Virginia?

Virginia's next governor needs to be elected to serve the people of Virginia, not big out-of-state donors. With so much outside money funding his campaign, I have to wonder who Terry McAuliffe will be accountable to, Virginians or special interest groups?

James A. Turbett

Alexandria

Most EB-5 immigrant investors become legal residents

Re: "New questions loom as EB-5 program explodes," April 23

As a student of the EB-5 visa program at Yale Law School, I believe that William Patrick cited misleading statistics to claim that a low number of EB-5 "immigrant investor" visa recipients ultimately received green cards over the past four years.

Patrick is correct that 7,871 EB-5 visas and 2,424 green cards were granted during this time period. However, it typically takes EB-5 visa holders two years or more to obtain green cards.

Thus, the 2,424 green card holders both includes visa recipients prior to four years ago and excludes visa recipients who will receive green cards in the next two years.

To be sure, not all EB-5 visa holders receive green cards. But the article suggests that few visa holders receive green cards -- a claim that is not supported by the facts.

Nipun Kant

New Haven, Conn.

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