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U.S. made a mistake in immigration policies

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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:30 am, Wed Jan 9, 2013.

I am 84 and have seen a lot of stuff happen in this country. I was born in SoCal, went to NorCal for college, then to Texas to pursue a career in the oil business.

In 1957, the Saudis were putting oil in tankers for 10 cents a barrel, and the U.S. oil business went in the tank. I then moved to Bozeman, Mont. and went into the construction and development business. The timing was bad for that move, and in 1967 I moved to Lodi to help develop the north shore recreation area of Camanche Lake. That job ended, and I ended up as a builder here.

I found Lodi a wonderful place to live, being close to many wonderful attractions.

The biggest mistake that has been made in the USA was not shutting down the large amount of immigration from countries whose culture is so different from ours.

Neal Weaver


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  • Walter Chang posted at 4:02 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2013.

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  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 2:25 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Mr. Krengel, in what way did the author of this letter "degrade another person or group of people?" From my point of view Mr. Neal Weaver (not "Neil") was only attempting to initiate a discussion regarding immigration policies of long ago. Nowhere do I find him "racist" or in any way degrading.

    Sadly, it seems now when anyone even attempts to open dialogue about policies that others find distasteful, they're automatically labeled as racist or worse. This has become a worn-out and weathered tactic of the left. Perhaps in the past it might have been effective; but not so much anymore. Even I have been viciously attacked here with such unsupportable opinions but when challenged to offer proof, they come up empty.

  • Simon Birch posted at 8:28 am on Fri, Jan 11, 2013.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 170 Staff

    Pete: The "Rules of Conduct" above apply only to these comments. They have nothing to do with our letters to the editor policies. If you'd like to discuss the News-Sentinel's letters to the editor policies, please contact Editor Rich Hanner at richardh@lodinews.com.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:57 am on Fri, Jan 11, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    This floundering newspaper seems to allow these kinds of biased letters because it either reflects one of their own, or several, management or staff views on imigration and ethnic cultures other than their own or they are drastically grasping at straws to attract more readers and bloggers among the many bigoted and still racist Lodians, especially the old guard, who are losing their supremacy role here in this racially seperated little town.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:30 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Interesting that Mr. Weaver neglects to state that the majority ownership of Saudi oil production during the time he states were US companies or other foreign interests.

    American interests in the Middle East competed against domestic production while the Saudi's were happy to live the life with the crumbs we threw them from their own oil - more money than they ever dreamed to have.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:23 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Right on, Mr. Chang. Some of the most bigoted and offensive letters I have ever seen appear in this paper.

    Thus the theory that some old Lodian lady (ethnicity censored here) "screens" them and puts the most offensive ones on the "front burner," so to speak.

  • Walter Chang posted at 1:54 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1189

    Pete, surely you jest??

    If people weren’t allowed freely to share their opinion…

    And typically…

    At some person’s or some group’s expense…

    There would be few, if any, letters printed at all!!


  • Pete Krengel posted at 1:18 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Petermark Posts: 6

    I too am a little confused as Neil I believe you broke rules of conduct number "5" "no racism .......... that is degrading to another person". The final point of your letter is exactly that and more. Hopefully editor will catch that mistake next time and not print a letter that degrades another person or group of people.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:59 am on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I'm a little confused. Was the purpose here to give the public a rundown of Mr. Weaver's CV, or is it the "culture" issue?

    Let's go with the last.

    We should have exported all Native Americans whose "culture was so different from ours," prohibited the importation of black slaves whose "culture was so different from ours," prohibited the emigration of legions of Europeans, especially from Italy, Germany and Eastern Europe whose "culture was so different from ours.

    And finally, we should have passed laws that prevented those Islamists from emigrating. No doubt in the mind of this writer, the worst of the lot.


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