Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
In the Dark Ages — 1950s — our civics teacher told us that the government does not have the money; the taxpayers do. So when the government says it will subsidize health care for some people, that means the fellow down the block paying for his own coverage pays for others, too. He might make only $50,000 a year, but he will subsidize someone who makes $94,000.
Another side of this problem is that when government mandates all nature of things to the private sector, businesses will fight back to survive. Fewer companies now offer full-time jobs. That might work when there are two wage earners in a family, but what about the single person who has a mortgage and is trying to stay afloat?
Some doctors apparently will decline to take ObamaCare patients. Even if only 1 percent of the doctors nationwide refuse, that will leave a lot of people without a primary care physician.
Our country has lots of problems, so why do we continue to try to save everyone else in the world? Some scholars have likened the United States to the Roman Empire — overspending and giving handouts to people instead of encouraging them to help themselves. We all know what happened to the Roman Empire.
We need to cut foreign aid and get out of the United Nations. Government is killing the private sector with high taxes and all of the new mandates.
I also can't believe there is no outcry in Pittsburgh about the shake-up at Heinz. We're losing 350 jobs now. Just wait a few more years and the headquarters will be gone too.
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