Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Immigration Fairness Act - Not Fair

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Immigration Fairness Act - Not Fair

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Your Oct. 19 article "Hispanic voters watch immigration battle" states: "The Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act, as the bill is called, is backed by a coalition of Hispanic groups, such as the National Council of La Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund."

While I can understand Hispanics' sympathy toward their own ethnic groups, I can hardly see how the proposed immigration act can be characterized as a call for "fairness." As the US Census data prove, Latinos in general, and Mexicans in particular, are already over-represented in the recent wave of immigration to the US. This gives them unfair advantage over other nations whose poor and oppressed want to come to the US but are denied entry because of visa limitations.

Because mostly Mexicans and Latinos will benefit from the "Fairness Act," the legislation would make the immigration playing field even less level.

Marek A. Suchenek Redondo Beach, Calif.

'No homework,' is not a radical idea

When I first heard about the idea of no homework ("Who needs homework, anyway?" Oct. 24), I was a little skeptical. But a quick analysis of our family confirms much of what your article stated.

We have three children and have found that homework is a major source of stress. My husband and I are both college- and post- college graduates. We have found we often cause more problems than we solve when we try to assist our kids with homework - especially when the instructions are not clear, nonexistent, or not written down.

We would love to spend quality evening time discussing current events, history, reading out loud, or taking a walk. The school day should be longer with scheduled time for "in-class homework."

Sharon Stones Lubbock, Texas

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