Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Heads in the Sand

Heads in the Sand
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 9, 2005

Proponents of a tax-dollar funded day laborer site in the Town of Herndon continue sticking their collective heads in the sand when criticizing Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore for publicly commenting on their attempt to behave illegally.

This day laborer problem is not a “local issue” as supporters of the site claim. Instead, it is a microcosm of a nationwide epidemic. For Herndon Mayor Michael O’ Reilly to say “We’re trying to deal with too many people standing on a street corner,” is both disingenuous and absurd.

Turning a blind eye to this situation only opens a bigger Pandora’s Box regarding health, education, welfare and other benefits illegals might steal from or sponge off our tax-paying citizenry.

Former Virginia Attorney General Kilgore has guts taking a public stand on this issue that even the head of his party – President Bush – refuses to take for fear of losing Hispanic votes. There are many Hispanic voters – legal US citizens who stood in line and “did it the right way,” who strongly oppose the genesis of such sites.

I have written about this issue frequently, yet no editor has exhibited the bravery to print these words. I will continue to write such commentaries in hope that those tax dollars go where they are most sorely needed – toward improved school systems and transportation systems.

This issue is neither political nor moral – it is legal. Lawbreakers should be arrested and detained. If police had the authority to handle this situation on a local level it would become less of a national pandemic.

Support of such illegality by O’ Reilly or any other elected official should be cause for recall or impeachment.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and political consultant living in Alexandria, VA.

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