Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: May 3, 2013

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Opinion,Letters to the Editor

Napolitano circumvents immigration law for political gain

Re: "Rubio: To pass House, immigration bill needs stronger enforcement," May 1

If Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano would focus on enforcing the laws and spend less time trying to circumvent them for political or personal reasons, we'd all be safer.

As a sovereign nation, the U.S. has the right and duty to establish and enforce its own immigration laws and policy, no matter what illegal tactics this administration and its sycophants orchestrate to circumvent and undermine them.

Although the Immigration and Nationality Act has been amended several times since Congress passed it in 1952, it is still "the law." And the law does not permit foreign nationalstoviolate its provisions without suffering the consequences it sets forth.

No matter what nongovernment, religious or other self-serving special interest groups may say to justify granting benefits to foreign nationals who have violated our laws, it is just wrong. So is waiving prosecution and granting legal status to individuals who have knowingly and willfully committed a host of other crimes, including Social Security and welfare fraud, tax evasion and identity theft. A U.S. citizen who committed these same crimes would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. How do they justify that?

Joseph Loiselle

Bristow, Va.

Express Lane computer forecasts were way off

Re: Virginia considers raising speed limit on Beltway Express Lanes," April 30

The Virginia Beltway High Occupancy Toll lanes are only running at about half the daily usage expected prior to construction.This shows that the preconstruction computer modeling upon which the project was based, which to my knowledge has never been shared with the public, heavily overestimated utilization.

This is not surprising given the large incentive developers and politicians had get the project approved.Frankly, it is difficult to imagine developing a good traffic simulation which of necessity is heavily dependent upon assumptions about how people will react to traffic, tolls and other factors.

No one understands why, so far, usage is so low. The lane operator blames drivers who are stuck in a rut and unwilling to try something new.

A few other possibilities: Ramp entrances are on the left, not on the right where people want them to be.We all know what complete jerks Beltway drivers can be when you get in the left lane.

The regular lanes are often moving pretty well, and there is no real-time way to know whether to take the Express Lanes.I also doubt that there is much carpooling or bus traffic on them even though, prior to construction, they were touted as being a mass transit corridor.

Finally, planners may have overestimated how much the masses are willing to pay.As difficult as it for the elites to imagine, $150 a month is a good chunk of change for a lot of people.

In the near future we will see what happens with the I-95 HOT lanes, which will impinge upon the most successful High Occupancy Vehicle system in the country.I hope the modeling was good.

Bob Hugman

Woodbridge

Changing team names is a slippery slope

Re: "Councilman David Grosso wants Redskins to change name to Redtails," April 30

David Grosso, a member of the D.C. Council, wants to change the name of the Washington Redskins to the Redtails.I don't have a problem with that per se, but be careful what you wish for, Mr. Grosso. This name-change business is a slippery slope.

Some very tall people may ask the Giants (of the New York football and San Francisco baseball variety) to change their names. Ditto offshore pirates, who may think Pittsburgh baseball fans are biased against them.

And what about all the animal lovers?Might they be next in demanding that the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bulls, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons change their names, too?

I hope I don't offend Grosso or anyone else, but maybe it's best to let sleeping dogs lie.

Denny Freidenrich

Laguna Beach, Calif.

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