incoming (2005-41)

Orange Blood Runneth Out

Immigrants Build America

Thank you, Steve Dupree!

A Bird behind Every Bush?

Over Coffee

Orange Blood Runneth Out

On Saturday at the Georgia game, I realized what school spirit was and how some UT students lack it.  A little organization on campus called “Orange Nation” should re-evaluate its role at UT sporting events. 

The Vols showed amazing effort, even in the last 15 seconds of the game, but a fourth of the UT “Orange Nation” had left Neyland stadium by the start of the fourth quarter and another fourth were sitting down in the first 15 rows! The so-called “leaders” of “Orange Nation” need to re-evaluate the way in which they acquire its members.

Simply paying $40 “so you can get the good seats” is no longer a viable measure of enthusiasm and school pride. An organization that encourages school spirit and supports its team no matter what, should be filled with students that will do the same; otherwise such organizations should not exist.

Aaron Cunningham

 

Immigrants Build America

Voluntary immigration into the United States has been an engine of the American economy since the 1840s. The first wave, comprising mostly European, Mexican and Asian immigrants from 1840-1890, provided the labor for what became known as the “breadbasket of America.” The “Second Industrial Revolution” from 1891-1920 used Irish, Chinese, Italian, Slavic, and Mexican immigrants to build the canal systems and railroads that were essential to the development of the American mass market.

There was a steep decline in immigration (only 7.5 million) from 1920-1960, which was driven by governmental restrictions and the

effects of warfare, followed by an influx of 20 million immigrants from 1960-2000.

Surprisingly, figures show that the proportion of unskilled workers among these immigrants (24 percent Mexico, 24 percent Central/South America, 35 percent Asia) is the lowest ever, and their net positive impact on the American economy is, according to George J. Borjas, estimated at between $7 billion and $25

billion annually.

There is no doubt that immigration has a significant impact on regions such as Tennessee, where the Latino population (as an example of an immigrant group) has more than doubled in the last decade, according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth.

Furthermore those immigrants, as with the immigrant population as a whole, tend to be younger, more highly educated, and more skilled than those arriving in the previous decade, and they primarily come in search of work.

The economic impact of those immigrants has been marked.  According to “Latino Immigrants in Memphis” by Mendoza, et al., Latino workers in the Memphis metropolitan area have a total economic impact of more than $1 billion, while occupying 35,972 jobs in 2004.

Although the growth of Tennessee’s immigrant population has been spectacular, it is by no means atypical. The U.S. Census Department has estimated the Latino population in 1999 to be 32.4 million, a 44 percent increase since 1990. According to Newsweek , Mexican immigrants comprise around 30 percent of total immigration, including illegal immigrants. Such growth is apparent in many parts of Tennessee.

According to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce the Latino population of Davidson County in 2004 was 45,550. This same population was 8,000 in 1990. Memphis, Clarksville, Chattanooga, and the rural areas surrounding Morristown have all experienced comparable levels of growth in their Latino populations.

The economic implications resulting from each wave of immigrants are incalculable, but the benefits far surpass the losses that would be incurred without this vital workforce.

Not only have immigrants provided a vital component, and in many cases the bulk, of the labor necessary for the growth of the American economy, the impact of foreign researchers and scientists to universities and facilities such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratories has incontestably contributed to the global leadership role of the United States in the fields of technology and science. Currently 40 percent of all science and engineering faculty are from abroad. Visiting students with advanced degrees who traditionally perform the research and eventually work for U.S. companies are no longer remaining in the United States but are taking that knowledge back to their home countries. The U.S. rate of foreign-student growth has declined from 6.5 percent in 2001 to .6 percent in 2003.

As a result, the United States is losing a significant pool of highly educated workers, researchers, and entrepreneurs. As policymakers prepare and review legislation, it is crucial that they be aware of the significant, in fact, necessary contributions of immigrants.

The world is already experiencing the effects of a growing China and a strengthening European Union. Let’s hope that America will continue to be a part of that growth.

Julie Hendrix

 

Thank you, Steve Dupree!

Another example: the church says homosexual orientation is morally neutral, but that homosexual behavior is always immoral, disordered, defective. In effect, to be a moral homosexual Catholic, all would have to be celibate. However, the church also teaches that celibacy is a gift, especially in a priestly vocation. How then are non-clerical homosexuals required to be celibate, just like priests? Do they all get the gift at birth, too? Oh, wait, [Cardinal] Ratzinger [now the Pope] said that homosexuals are, by nature, “inclined towards evil!” 

It is so nice to be a happy, healthy homosexual ex-Catholic!

David J. Biviano

 

A Bird behind Every Bush?

This vaccine protects the public from an illness which the odds of contracting are less than being struck by lightening. The avian flu, which our president has invested his full energy into, has killed no Americans. What’s happened to us? Are we flying over the cuckoo’s nest? Has anybody researched the known side effects to this new bird flu vaccine? 

Could this fearful rush help to breed a national super virus? And are we still trusting this administration that regularly demonstrates ineptitude leading us into the unknown? Haven’t we already been fooled twice?

Scott W. Webb

 

Over Coffee

First, I have to wonder about the proprietor’s claim that she declined Rita Cochran’s offer to participate in her business, given the fact that she gave Rita keys to the building and allowed her to occupy it for about three weeks. I might also mention that during that time Rita cleared up a roach infestation, re-painted the entire first floor, and made other repairs to the establishment. 

Second, those who have watched this situation unfold have observed something very different than the picture last week’s letter paints. Rita put a lot of time and money into improving that property, and she will never get it back. Additionally, she did not write the original Metro Pulse article that seems to have Ms. Roscoe-Granath up in arms. Given the frustrating situation she has been put in, I applaud her for having the class to refrain from using a local publication to slander the other individuals involved.

I, on the other hand, get fired up a bit easier and felt the need to throw my two cents in.

Kelly Dorsey

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