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Hartford Courant

Immigration raid leaves damaging mark on Postville, Iowa

Hypocrite -"You mean the same birthright all of the current members supporting strict enforecement benefitted from? I love how ignorant you all are. What is the difference between the current illegal immigrants and those who came into Ellis Island? The only apparent differnce is they came at a time when people still remembered why this country was founded and were not as greedy and self centered as people are now." What you are forgetting about is those who came through Ellis Island presented themselves at a border for inspection. We were allowed to accept or reject these people. They also did not use peoples identities to work illegally. With today's illegals they are sneaking into the country and not giving us a choice. My family came here legally here in the 1950's and did not have to live in fear of getting caught and sent back. They came here worked hard and learned English. There were no signs in their native tongues or press 2 for another language. The only people to blame here is the owner of the meat packing company and anyone else who know that the plant was hiring illegals. That is what you get when you try to profit from illegal means. Throw the book at everyone involved  (May 12, 2009 | post #9)

Hartford Courant

Rell Signs Agreement For Limited Smoking Ban At Foxwoods

According to the Bureau of Indian affairs website FAQ’s. The states have no rights to enforce laws on the reservations. “Because the Constitution vested the Legislative Branch with plenary power over Indian Affairs, states have no authority over tribal governments unless expressly authorized by Congress. While federally recognized tribes generally are not subordinate to states, they can have a government-to-gove rnment relationship with these other sovereigns, as well. Furthermore, federally recognized tribes possess both the right and the authority to regulate activities on their lands independently from state government control. They can enact and enforce stricter or more lenient laws and regulations than those of the surrounding or neighboring state(s) wherein they are located. Yet, tribes frequently collaborate and cooperate with states through compacts or other agreements on matters of mutual concern such as environmental protection and law enforcement.” If I were the casinos I would tell the state where to stick their agreement. I would fight the state in court and hold back any monies until it is settled in federal court. I am a non smoker but the casinos do have non-smoking lounges. If the smoke bothers me too much I leave.  (May 11, 2009 | post #31)

Hartford Courant

Affordable Housing Complex In Canton 'A Different Paradigm'

Try finding a home under $500,000 in lower Fairfield county.  (Dec 22, 2008 | post #19)

Hartford Courant

Police Search Limits Sought In Canton

I can't believe these parents are complaining about the cops questioning & arresting their students in public. Maybe these should raise better children who do not deal drugs on school grounds. If they commit a crime they should face the consequences. I am sure they would not be upset if children in New Haven or Hartford were arrested at school while selling drugs. No matter who or where you are if you deal drugs you should be arrested, no exceptions. If the police did not do anything and a child died from the drugs, these same parents would complain that the police did not do enough. These parents should stop complaining and deal with the real issue that their children are no angles and need to learn a lesson.  (Dec 22, 2008 | post #13)

Hartford Courant

Immigrants' Lawyers Challenge Government Tactics

Thanks plopsdad, I was unsure if it was 50 or 100.  (Nov 5, 2008 | post #34)

Hartford Courant

Immigrants' Lawyers Challenge Government Tactics

I forget this in my previous post. Border search authority also includes any port of entry- including airports. ICE, CBP both share this authority. FBI does not have this authority so if they did these raids on their own with ICE and a warrant they the lawyers would have a shock with their case.  (Nov 5, 2008 | post #32)

Hartford Courant

Immigrants' Lawyers Challenge Government Tactics

What these lawyers are forgetting is that ICE agents have border search authority and that reach is within 50 miles of a border. They do not need a warrant if they suspect someone has broken one of the statues they are charge with enforcing Last time I checked New haven is on Long island sound and that is considered a border. Plus the illegals made their first violation when they did not present themselves at the border for inspection. Maybe these lawyers should help the innocent Americans who fall victims to identity fraud when these illegals still the social security numbers so they could work. The federal court in CA just ruled that no non citizen should have more rights than a citizen.  (Nov 5, 2008 | post #30)

Hartford Courant

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“For example, a California parts assembly plant paying competitive wages of up to $17 an hour has failed to attract non-immigrant workers because of a tight labor market and the tedious nature of the work” $17 an hour in California is not a competive wage, nor is it in Fairfield County, it may be in Hartford. No wonder the company cannot find legal workers in California; try purchasing a house on $17 an hour where the average home cost $500K. Perhaps if they paid a competitive wage for their area they would find legal workers. I grew up in New Britain and lived in Stamford for years and you cannot compare the wages. What you can live on in New Britain comfort is considered poverty in Stamford and California in California it’s even worse. There are many jobs that I could not personally do like sanitation worker or sewage worker (I admire those who can perform these jobs) but there is not problem finding legal workers for these jobs. Could it be because they pay great wages and come with benefits? Given the choice between working in a factory and working in sewage my choice would be the factory, however the benefits and pay are probably better at the sewage plant. The companies need to pay better and offer benefits to attract legal workers. When ICE raids a company that employees illegal works they should enforce the law that gives them the right to seize the company. That would definitely stop companies from employing illegals. I read last month the US lost 60,000 jobs, if we are losing jobs they way do we need guest workers. Aren’t there people out there that lost their job and need one now, why not employee them. The jobs that are available should be given to people who are receiving state aid & employment. Once no one is receiving either then the job can go to a guest worker.  (Jul 16, 2008 | post #26)

Hartford Courant

Some Doubt State Police Aid To Hartford Is Enough

You could fill the streets of Hartford with thousands of cops and they could make thousands of arrests that still would not solve the problem. The problem is the criminal justice system in CT that is too laxed on their punishment. Perhaps Hartford should put together a federal task force so when these people get arrested they are charged federal and will most likely go away for a longtime. How many times could a cop arrest the same person only to have the state release them after 6 months. It's not the police department that needs help it's the criminal justice system in CT that needs to get tougher.  (Jun 7, 2008 | post #140)

Hartford Courant

State Police Take Issue With Fuel Conservation Order

I Lived in CT until 2007; I have family and a residence in CT as well. So yes I still pay taxes to CT. We are here for a 3 year rotation. So this does affect me. When you are taking part in an adult discussion you should have respect for others opinions even when they do not agree with you. There is no need to be rude or use vulgarity that is what a low class ignorant person would stoop to.  (May 12, 2008 | post #380)

Hartford Courant

State Police Take Issue With Fuel Conservation Order

I lived in Stamford up until 2007 where it has a much hire cost of living than southington. I did not spend over $30,000 a year on my car. $5,000 a year for insurance if you are paying that much then you must be 16 year old male or a high risk driver. $1,500 a year for taxes sure if you are driving a BMW not a crown vic. 80 gallons a week during your personal time? is lot 80*4=$320*52 =16,640. I think you you are including the gas they use for work.  (May 12, 2008 | post #372)

Hartford Courant

State Police Take Issue With Fuel Conservation Order

LOL it so nice to see that you need to stoop to name calling instead of having a discussion like an adult. I am not sure what econmic boom you are referring to. Every night on CNN I hear about how we are heading towards a recession. That is why the governor is asking for the trooper to pay for their own gas on their days off. She did not ask for this during the economic boom.  (May 12, 2008 | post #368)

Hartford Courant

State Police Take Issue With Fuel Conservation Order

30,000 a year is an absurd amount. I do not believe that an average person spends $30,000 a year on their personal vehicles. I spend about $1200 a year on insurance, $2600 a year on gas, taxes- $400; maintence- $1,000 $4,000 on car payment. That comes to $9,200. How did you come up with 30,000 for using the trooper car during your personal time. my numbers are for using my vehicle 100% not just my days off. Take away the cars and increase the troopers salaray by $10,000 or $15,000 but not $30,000.  (May 12, 2008 | post #359)

Hartford Courant

State Police Take Issue With Fuel Conservation Order

First off you should educate yourself on federal agents they are not unionized and do not have contracts. I am glad to see that some troopers have done something good. So have federal agents my husband has seized millions of dollars of drugs, arrested people who have been sentenced to the federal death penalty, and has stop terrorist from entry this country. The state police should stop whining about paying for gas. I understand it part of their contract but there are time when you need to bend for the benefit of the state. When the federal gov't has budget crunch agents are made to car pool together and when they got hired they too are told they get a car to drive to work. The car you are using is tax free benefit and is not figured into your salary. When we received a paid move by the gov't the amount the gov't spent was added to my husband's salary and we paid taxes on the benefit. Perhaps the state police should pay taxes on the vehicles since they claim its part of their salaries. Nothing is stopping you from using the car in your own personal time, just pay for the gas you use on your personal time that so much to ask for?  (May 12, 2008 | post #356)

Hartford Courant

State Police Take Issue With Fuel Conservation Order

I agree with you the Governor should start trimming the fat with herself. She should lead by example. Also there is no reason why state employees cannot drive their own cars to work and if they need to go out during the day for state business then they could sign out car from the fleet. The way the cars are only being used for business purposes only. The will keep down the expense for gas, insurance and wear & tear. State trooper who are assigned to special assignments like the dive team, narcotics etc should have take home cars since they obviously are not your everyday run of the mill trooper just handing out speeding tickets they are highly trained. When my husband was a field agent working in NY for the government he had a g-ride but it could not be used for personal use. Now at headquarters he does not have a g-ride and if he needs to go out for work purposes he using his personal vehicle if he is leaving from our house or if he is at the office he signs out a fleet car.  (May 12, 2008 | post #343)