Read This Now

August 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Read this now | Leave a comment

In general, I enjoy living in America. There are lots of things we take for granted here that don’t exist in other parts of the world, freedom of speech, we can vote in elections without worrying about whether we will get blown up, an abundance of supermarkets and fresh food markets, and other fun stuff : ) However, there are certain stories that bring to light situations which the American government can do a better job of handling. The cover story of the Sunday New York Times is one example. In theory, I understand that there does have to be rules for immigrants coming into the USA. Somewhere along the way, things got very messed up. From what I understand (and you can correct me if I’m wrong) one complaint is that illegal immigrants take away jobs from people that were born in the USA. Most of the jobs that are taken are labor intensive work. Also, crossing in the USA illegally is dangerous. I imagine that life has to be downright difficult, maybe unbearable in other countries if someone wants to leave their family, pay thousands of dollars to someone who is supposed to take you across the border and run the risk of getting caught and being deported back home, or worse yet, dying.

Speaking of situations that the American government could have done a better job with, read this article about the closing of a FEMA trailer park in Baton Rouge. It’s been almost 3 years since Hurricane Katrina and it’s heartbreaking to realize that some people in Louisiana are struggling to survive.

On the lighter side, read about a 50-something lady who is bringing the art of belly-dancing to the suburbs of Westchester. 

The Olympics start in 4 days, and the New York area has a substantial group of athletes representing in a variety of sports from swimming to soccer. You can find out more if you click here.


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