"Out of the Shadows," Melanie Asmar, June 27
Since they are illegal immigrants, they should be arrested and deported on sight. If I were selling guns out of my trunk illegally, I would be arrested immediately. Obama and his minions have done enough damage to this country. We have laws for a reason.
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If I were illegal, in Mexico, I would be thrown in jail for two years, no trial.
Guaranteed: Very, very few, if any, Americans are working illegally in Mexico! Working in Mexico legally for years, I had to pass through police checkpoints every day just getting around town. An illegal immigrant would not get far in Mexico — and when you are caught, they will put you in jail for two years, no trial or free flight home!
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Editor's note: For many, many more comments on "Out of the Shadows" and the immigration issue, go to the online version of the story at westword.com.
"The Insider," Alan Prendergast, June 13
Alan Prendergast's article about Tisha Schuller, president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, and the issue of fracking was instructive and thought-provoking. Ms. Schuller puts a refreshing face on an industry that is often associated with a gaggle of dour-faced wealthy males.
But her comment that "We just want to be treated fairly" implies that mean folks are bullying the poor, defenseless giant fossil-fuel corporations. However, public skepticism of corporate activity is not without cause. Often showing little concern for the well-being of communities and the environment, these behemoths exist to maximize profits.
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The tobacco industry, the National Rifle Association and the BP Gulf oil spill exemplify corporate irresponsibility. Furthermore, corporate denial of global warming continues to hamper attempts to control greenhouse-gas emissions. Moreover, as Mr. Prendergast's investigation revealed, entities including COGA and the Koch brothers are always prepared to insert their considerable influence and wealth into politics and litigation in order to intimidate opposition and ensure that the playing field is slanted favorably for their benefit.
Do the considerable economic benefits from fracking justify the inconveniences and numerous compromises linked with the process? The answer involves accurate knowledge of the extent to which fracking introduces carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances into the environment. Unfortunately, since the term "trade secret" is a hallmark of fossil-fuel extraction while "transparency" is not, we may never know. If that is the case, dare we accept the timeworn corporate mantra of "Just trust us?"