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America Must Act (But Won't) on Illegals

I read the moving and informative story about illegal immigrants in Richmond ("Alienated," Cover Story, April 26). I feel certain that they are good people and want a better life.

However, what is it about illegal that the immigrants and businesses who hire them do not understand — it's illegal!! — against our laws, and violates my rights in terms of taxes I pay to support their families with social services.

The corporations who lure "illegals" are interested in nothing but profit — they are being exploited. Because the illegals pay taxes, they believe that the whole household deserves support (public).

The United States must deal strongly (won't happen) with the Mexican government, and the United States must send them home (won't happen). I just do not buy the story that Mexican folk will do jobs our citizens will not do — our citizens want fair pay and benefits, Why not? Then they will work.

The current situation is profit over people.

H. Gerald Quigg

Elliott Support's There, But What About Locals?

There's lots of talk about Elliott Yamin ("American Oath," Street Talk, May 3). Elliott Yamin is a good singer — but Richmond has seemed to forget their own Meade Skelton, who is not only a fantastic singer in his own right, but also writes his own songs.

Richmond will only pay attention to Elliott because he's on national TV. But I don't remember Elliott touring Virginia and playing bars and clubs like Meade has.

Seems Richmonders don't give a hoot about their own local music scene.

They wouldn't give Elliott the time of day if he were just singing in Richmond.

Robert Young

Digging Just Unearths Painful Memories

Holly Hobbs' interview with archaeologist Matthew Laird about the digging at the site of Lumpkin's Jail was interesting ("Slave Diggers," News & Features, April 12), but one question went unasked: Why is the site being excavated?

In today's rabidly pseudo-politically correct world, I can't imagine anyone admitting to wanting any artifact of slavery unearthed. The mere mention of displaying the Confederate battle flag, for instance, sends certain people into a frenzy because, in their minds only, it is a reminder of slavery.

I can't fathom those same people standing idly by to allow uncovering the foundation of a building that was directly involved in slavery. Perhaps the word hasn't gotten around yet. I suppose another question that could have been asked was, Who is footing the bill for the digging?

David Martin

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