Letters to the editor, March 26

Listen to science
I’ve often disagreed with Rich Lowry, but his column on the “Foolish Anti-Vaccine Crusade” hit the mark. It’s sad that ignorant but well-meaning mothers can sway others. Having worked in public health for more than 30 years as a pediatric nurse and in immunization, I can attest to the importance of childhood immunizations. Not too many years ago, children died or were permanently handicapped from many childhood diseases. Science has given us so much to save children; it certainly is foolish as well as deadly to deny this. Moms, do your homework; listen to science, and be correctly informed, please.
Lilyan “Vee” Dayton
New Port Richey
Just amnesty
In response to the letter from Betty Dean of Hudson calling for immigration reform,the statue of liberty is at the entrance to New York Harbor. That’s where people used to come to enter the United States” legally — and I repeat legally. Immigration reform is, as it is, nothing but amnesty — and letting people who broke our laws to start with, be here legally.
So if they are in this country illegally, how can they be subject to immigration reform? All of the bleeding hearts are the problem, along with the illegal aliens. I can’t quote Teddy Roosevelt exactly from back in 1904, but it went something like this: If you want to come to this country to work, then you must become a citizen. If not, then go back where you came from.
Calling an illegal alien an “undocumented immigrant” is like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist.
Paul Flanagan
Tarpon Springs
Should be better
The Pasco County solid waste assessment has been on the property tax bill for over two decades now. How does any politician justify this?
As the Beatles said in their song all those years ago, “If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat.” Give them enough time and they’ll come up with a way to tax us for the air we breathe. Things should be better, but they aren’t.
J.M. Drolle
New Port Richey
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