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Oct 22 - We Want Your Letters

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1. Comment: We Want Your Letters - We ran a Letters to Editor
Section in Immigration Daily for many years. We published the
letters we received, regardless of whether they were laudatory or
excoriating, and regardless of whether they were pro-immigration
or anti-immigration. We had set a 300-word limit for letters
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  1. Paul Good 's Avatar
    I don't bother to explore the connection to readers' letters in the current format. I spend too much time on the computer as is to justify routing to letters which are not a high priority. Regarding the no-editing policy that you say your continue to follow, I would prefer that you edit the subjects to those that add information rather than argumentation.
  2. David Murray's Avatar
    Dear Editor,

    As I mentioned before, your current Reader Comments format stinks. It takes too much time, the quality is terrible and I never go to it.

    I suggest going back to the old format, but limiting it to 300 words and if it goes over 300 words, just don't publish it. Microsoft Word has a handy feature for telling us the number of words and after Michele Kim established the 300-word limit, I used it regularly and enjoyed the Letters to the Editor feature. It is what kept me and others coming back to ID. The new format is impersonal and cumbersome.

    Also, your "Articles" for the most part are not articles at all, they are Blogs and opinions. I liked it better when there was one substantive article that actually provided good information. I don't read the multiple articles now. Most should be Letters to the Editor, as the writers too often just state their view.

    Your publication has gone downhill. I hope you will change it.

  3. Roger Algase's Avatar
    I have to agree with David Murray. While I fortunately do not have technical problems (any longer) posting letters, the new format does not distinguish between letters which really have something to say (or at least demonstrate good faith reasons for their writers' thinking that they do), and the mindless comments that one can read about immigration or any other issue under the sun on thousands of other Internet sites.

    Therefore the new format, while providing the instant gratification that many of us appreciate, has lost whatever gravitas there was back in the old, edited days, when the names of letter contributors were also included in the table of contents for each ID issue.

    I also agree with Mr. Murray about the lamentable lowering of standards for what ID continues to call "articles", for some reason, but in most cases are just blog comments by a favored small clique of daily contributors. That does not mean that some of these comments are unimportant - many of them are important and valuable - but as news items, not articles. They should be correctly identified for what they are.
  4. Theresa Pepe,  Jacksonville, FL's Avatar
    Immigration reform...what is really fair? Was it fair for illegal immigrants being used for cheap labor with no benefits? Was it fair that they worked long hours with no overtime or benefits such as health care? Is it fair that now that the economy is failing that we all of a sudden deport people that we just do not need anymore? What is fair is for a work program that allows illegal immigrants to re-enter the country without waiting ten years! The ten year bar is seldom addressed. What is also fair is not to break up families and not to take children out of schools. Taxes should be paid, FICA and healthcare be available. As long as a person pays his or her own way legally then illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in American without all the worry of deportation. ALL people should be able to be accounted for by allowing a driver's license (ID) so that people can acquire auto insurance. This would help with accidents caused by unknown persons and cover any expenses that occur in an auto accident. Wouldn't it be reasonable to have a compromise in order to work out a solution that makes most of the people happy? Think about keeping families together without the fear of driving, traveling, and working. If you have not lived the life and stand by strict principals then you are not helping anyone. With so many millions of illegal people in this country that the government did nothing about for so many years, than who is the other party at fault? The only solution to illegal immigration is a sound, fair, and workable solution. A lot of good standing people await the freedom to continue to live in the United States of America as citizens.
  5. Jay McTyier 's Avatar
    Regarding the Letters section, I agree with Mr. Murray and Mr. Algase's comments that the letter section had greater panache and gravitas when it was an even-just-minimally edited forum. Anyone can fire off a comment on a blog--and does. It takes a little more value elevate a blog to intelligent discourse.

    Regarding Theresa Pepe's commentary above, she asks why we can't have am immigration solution that makes most people happy? Because the nay-sayers, the ones hiring illegal immigrants to improve their personal lives but pushing for legislation that penalizes others for doing the same thing, are seeking to hold on to a reality that is fading. The nation's demographics are changing, not just because of immigraiton, and the white majority may be neither in a few more years--and that scares the bejeezus out of some folk.

    Regarding the headline about lawmakers working to close the loophole, has anyone else noticed that when people don't like the way courts have construed the Constitution they use trivalizing language? They are not taking away a right, they're closing a loophole. It's akin to poeple saying an unpopular defendant "got off on technicality," when the technicality was the prohibition against illegal search and seizure by the state.
  6. tim houghtaling, retired INS Special Agent's Avatar
    Regarding ID Comment: We Want Your Letters - We ran a Letters to Editor Section in Immigration Daily for many years. We published the letters we received...

    In the for what it is worth department, I have no time to go to a 'blog'. Then again, I am old, retired, and of no economic value to ilw. Your letters (some 'contributors' were a bit too frequent and too predictable) were a 'fun'portion of the daily missives. One less thing for me to look for now.
  7. Editor, ILW.COM's Avatar
    Dear Mr. Murray,

    Thank you very much for your candid comments.

    We have started carrying more blog articles. Previously, we use to carry each blog only once a week; now we carry each blog multiple times a week, carrying blog posts within a business day of when they are written. In this, we are moving in the direction in which rest of the internet has been moving--supplying content that is more in quantity, fresher and more opinionated. It is this increase in the blog articles that may make it appear that the number of substantive article has decreased. But in fact, the number of substantive articles we carry has increased modestly during this time. Authors appreciate the typical one business day turnaround for the articles they submit to us at

    with best regards,
  8. Editor, ILW.COM's Avatar
    Dear Mr. Algase,

    We are happy that you are no longer experiencing technical problems in posting to the blog. We greatly appreciate your blog comments as we did your letters.

    Thank you for your comments regarding blog articles. The blog articles are produced directly from the blogs we carry on our website. Many of the blog articles do tend to be opinions--see our comments on Mr. Murray's letter. We are considering adding more substantive blogs and perhaps reducing some opinion blogs. We particularly like your suggestion regarding distinguishing blog articles from other articles, and will be considering doing so.

    with best regards,
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