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Letters to the editor, January 13

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Negative relationship

Let's all thank Alice Gore for the statistics from Judicial Watch. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Census, there is a negative relationship between the rate of undocumented immigration and the violent crime rate (1990-2013).

I guess all those criminals Ms. Gore is talking about are out among us, for they are not in jail.

The figures for incarceration: 13.3 percent of the native-born are behind bars; 1.6 percent of undocumented aliens. (I am curious about how they get the figures of total undocumented to figure these percentages.)

Elinor Johansen,

Ugly comments

A couple of ugly comments by U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Orin Hatch of Utah reveal the Republican ideological belief that rich people are more virtuous and therefore deserve to be taxed as lightly as possible, while being poor reflects a moral failing.

As Hatch said, the government should cut safety net spending since the government spends trillions to "help people who won't help themselves, won't lift a finger."

Let's take a look at the composition of America's poor: 33 percent of the poor are minors, 11 percent are elderly, 23 percent are working at least 27 hours per week for poverty wages, and 8 percent are looking but unable to find work. This means that 75 percent are either working, trying to work or unable to work.

That leaves 25 percent who either won't help themselves or are disabled.

Why should we punish the vast majority of poor people because a few may be gaming the system?

Mr. Hatch should be ashamed of himself for implying that everyone benefiting from the safety net is worthless.

Voters should keep these facts in mind when they go to the polls.

Bob Michaelsen,