By Laura MacCleery, director, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division - 06/27/07 06:51 PM EDT
The Supreme Court has held that forced “outings” of the members of ideological and social organizations violates the First Amendment because they may intimidate citizens from participating in the groups and allow others to target them for reprisals. In contrast, the court has found that, as to disclosure by government officials, there is a substantial public interest in preventing corruption that overrides constitutional interests in anonymity.
There is no comparable anti-corruption interest here — merely a goal of intimidating groups and dampening participation in the ethics process. Nor could these groups, as The Hill writes, ever become “part of the government,” as our virtue is independence. These charges of hypocrisy are pure turkey.
~From Laura MacCleery, director, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, Washington
Immigration agency ruins people’s livesWhy does it appear that everyone is so narrow-minded to presume all undocumented immigrants broke the law by coming here illegally? There are many, many immigrants who waited years to enter this country legally, have paid Social Security and all taxes (more than citizens for the first three years, as no exemptions or personal allowances can be taken), only to be made undocumented by the incompetent Immigration and Naturalization Service. The INS and the new immigration department (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) are a national disgrace and have ruined many people’s lives. Officials who say this country welcomes immigrants need to try dealing with these agencies. I know of many immigrants who came here legally only to return to their country or go to another, disillusioned and disgusted by their experiences with government agencies.
~From A. McCourt, Pleasant Garden, N.C.
Strictly control Pelosi’s travel(Regarding article, “House Republican wants to restrict Pelosi’s travel,” June 21.) If Pelosi can interfere with foreign policy, which is the president’s domain, the president must logically be authorized to preside as Speaker of the House.
The aircraft assigned to the Speaker for official travel to and from her home district must be strictly controlled. Also she has no need for a really big aircraft. If she breaks the rules, ground her.
~From Wendell A. Kerr, Springfield, Mo.