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A JOURNAL OF FREE VOICES SINCE 1954 AP OBSERVER I LOGUE THE PARENTS IN MEXICO SEND THEIR KIDS TO U.S. schools so that they can compete with my grandchildren for the scant, few jobs left in America by the greedy thieves on Wall Street and their pay-to-play government. Why should hard-working Americans have to pay for educating Mexican kids in the first place? When and where does the insanity end? Enough is enough. Lee Hutchings POSTED AT TEXASOBSERVER.ORG IT IS AMAZING TO ME HOW AMERICANS WANT TO SAVE children all over the world through various means, and rightfully so, but here on the border of Texas it is a different story. On the border, and in Texas in general, there are those who just cannot see the forest for the trees. Poor children apparently only deserve help if they are far, far away. Ben Figueroa POSTED AT TEXASOBSERVER.ORG SCREW THE MEXICANS. PEOPLE ARE BEING TAXED TO death by the school districts and these Mexicans are getting a free ride. Force them all back. In Houston we are paying for illegal kids to go to school, too many to count. We can no longer afford them. Roger Glass POSTED AT TEXASOBSERVER.ORG Blaming Barack THE ONE QUALIFYING QUESTION FOR DEMOCRATIC candidates for any office from now on is: When did you start publicly criticizing President Barack Obama’s escalation of the Afghanistan quagmire? ference between Obama and President Lyndon Johnson is that LBJ could pass his domestic programs, and they worked. Lars Eighner AUSTIN WE SPEND ZILLIONS ON FOREIGN AID OVERSEAS HALF A world away to kill, kill, kill. Better we spend a few million on our border to educate, educate, educate. Ken Loveless POSTED AT TEXASOBSERVER.ORG Rewarding Whistling KUDOS AND SYMPATHY FOR ROBERT MCCARTHY, THE federal employee whistleblower featured in Melissa As pointed out, the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, while certainly an improvement in the laws of the nation, fell far short of being adequate by provid ing that the plaintiff could sue for relief, but not for damages. Reinstatement, even with receipt of back pay, is a far cry from what the law should provide. How grand it would be if the law were to be altered so as to render whistleblowers American heroes: champions of responsible government, defenders of honest dis tribution of the taxpayers’ monies, exposers of graft and corruption! I have long thought that governmen tal whistleblowers should be encouraged to ferret out and expose malfeasance. They should be awarded compensation for upholding the public welfare and be honored at annual award ceremonies for those who have protected the taxpayers from fraudulent and wasteful expenditures. When a whistleblower succeeds in exposing and halting corrupt practices, he or she should receive a percentage of the savings. Tom Camfield SAN ANGELO Sound Off [email protected] org VOLUME 102, NO. 1 FOUNDING EDITOR Ronnie Dugger CEO/PUBLISHER Carlton Carl EDITOR Bob Moser MANAGING EDITOR Chris Tomlinson ASSOCIATE EDITOR Dave Mann CULTURE EDITOR Michael May INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER Melissa del Bosque STAFF WRITER Forrest Wilder ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Julia Austin CIRCULATION/OFFICE MANAGER Candace Carpenter CREATIVE DIRECTION Em Dash LLC ART DIRECTOR Daniel Lievens MARKETING ASSISTANT Jaime Kilpatrick WEBMASTER Shane Pearson COPY EDITOR Rusty Todd POETRY EDITOR Naomi Shihab Nye INTERNS Laura Burke, Robert Green, Lara Haase, Hudson Lockett, Maddie Pelan, Jen Reel CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Emily DePrang, Lou Dubose, James K. Galbraith, Steven G. Kellman, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert Leleux, James E. McWilliams, Char Miller, Bill Minutaglio, Ruth Pennebaker, Josh Rosenblatt, Kevin Sieff, Brad Tyer, Andrew Wheat CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jana Birchum, Alan Pogue, Steve Satterwhite CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS Michael Krone, Alex Eben Meyer, Ben Sargent TEXAS DEMOCRACY FOUNDATION BOARD Lisa Blue, Melissa Jones, Susan Longley, Jim Marston, Mary Nell Mathis, Gilberto Ocanas, Jesse Oliver, Bernard Rapoport, Geoffrey Rips, Geronimo Rodriguez, Sharron Rush, Kelly White, Ronnie OUR MISSION We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of humankind as the foundation of democracy. We will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit. Divided Childhood All you need to know about Kelt Cooper, the school superintendent in Del Rio: “Cooper appears to have imported at least one educational principle from Arizona: an overarching concern about Mexican nonresidents attending public schools.” their supporters along the Arizona and California borders. It’s nothing but bigotry, and he should not have a job on the taxpayers’ dime in Texas. Sarah Hayes POSTED AT TEXASOBSERVER.ORG JANUARY 8, 2010 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 11