Legal status for Irish is the pot of gold at end of rainbow

(Regarding article, “Irish fight for reform of immigration,” March 1.) Just a quick note to thank you for your coverage of the problems being faced by Irish illegals every day of the year in the U.S.

They are not trying to extort money or benefits from the state — they are very happy to work for everything they get. All they want is the chance to do so legally and pay their taxes.

Please keep up the good work.

Spring Lake, N.J.

Over 50,000 people wait for dream to come true

From Pamela (last name withheld)

I am currently residing in New York and have been illegal for just over four years.

A strong word of thanks to the editor, and for a well-written article by Ian Swanson, which informed numerous Americans about the sad way thousands of young and middle-aged Irish are being forced to live throughout the U.S. today, because of immigration laws as they stand.

We need local awareness, and thank you for bringing this to your readers’ attention! Whether they wanted to know or not, they do now!

When Congress finally legalizes us, you know you and your employees played your part in making over 50,000 Irish people’s dreams come true!

Go Raibh Míle Maith Agat!

New York City

‘Great article’ on immigration lobby

From Brian R. Terry

Thanks for writing such a great article on the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform.

Cranston, R.I. 

Inexperience may be advantage for Obama
From Stan Froelich

(Regarding John Fortier’s column, “The secret Obama meeting,” Feb. 28.) Hey, John, be careful what you think you want; you may get it.

The inexperienced Obama is truly inexperienced. JFK, who was also woefully inexperienced, represented a hunger against the generation of Eisenhower/Nixon and the 1950s to a new generation of politics that Nixon underestimated badly. That was Nixon’s election to win, fairly easily — then television killed him politically.

Republicans want to face Clinton with all her baggage, but Obama represents an enigma wrapped in a puzzle they can’t figure out. Other than his inexperience, there’s nothing on him. No record, no nothing. If this country elected Bush with no international experience and certainly no real interest beyond Texas, then Obama may become the Republican nominee’s worse nightmare. A whole year is a long time in American politics and America will get tired of Clinton, and Rudy, too. And Obama is new and fresh, and a year or two won’t make him old news as the world finds out about him.

Something else that’s very important, too: Republican evangelicals will be destroyed politically if Rudy gets the nomination. Then Rudy won’t need them and they will become irrelevant to a man whose social values they don’t share. Rudy is his own man. That’s what most people hated about him when he was mayor. It’s also what makes him an attractive presidential candidate.

As president, Rudy could appoint as many [judicial] conservatives as he wants, but they will be more like Justice Kennedy or Justice Souter. If Rudy gets elected there’s a good chance that evangelicals will be in the political wilderness for eight years.

Again: Watch out, evangelical conservatives; be careful of what you think is conservative. Rudy will discard you like an old shoe.
New York City

Bush budget is disgrace, disaster

From Jim Patterson

(Regarding editorial, “Now comes the hard part,” Feb. 9.) President Bush’s $2.9 trillion budget is both a disgrace and a disaster. He wants to cut programs for the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged to support his “war on terror.” Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, whose estimated net worth is nearly $1 billion, is telling lawmakers that program cuts are needed to restore fiscal control and balance the budget. He doesn’t have to face voters in two years; lawmakers will. They should reject the Bush 2008 budget. It is not in the best interest of the country.

San Francisco