• Countrychic...Ahh, Barbara Jordon. What a wonderful lady and what a powerful speaker. She was a true American patriot and champion of right. Her district in Houston was very well represented while she was in office. She was followed by Mickey Leland, a man of courage and integrety who gave his life in a plane crash in Ethopia while trying to help poor, sick and hungry people. Jordon and Leland formed a legacy that has been impossible to live up to. Now the 18th congressional district is the domain of Sheila Jackson Lee, a strident and contentious woman who couldn't carry Barbara Jordon's shoes. Houston, Texas and the nation are the poorer for Lee's tenure in the House of Representatives.

    As for as the co-worker who hates America but loves the advantages of living here, I would ask those who complain about racism when we try to control the borders: "NOW do you understand???"

    June 12, 2012 at 6:38 p.m.

  • Great article lissiye. Glad you had the guts to write this. I am not surprised by the comment made by your co-worker. He spoke the truth. The good ole USA is good enough to support those workers and their families and give them whatever they want. Sad isn't it?? Get everything given to you and have the nerve to say that you hate the hand that's supporting you. WAKE UP AMERICA!! When is our good ole government gonna stand up and do what's right? Looks like it won't be anytime soon.

    I found several quotes from Barbara Jordan made by her years ago. This is what we still need!!

    Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave. ...for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process."

    Feb. 24, 1995 - Barbara C. Jordan, JD

    There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.”
    Barbara Jordan quote

    It is far better to deter illegal immigration than to play the cat-and-mouse game that results from apprehensions followed by return followed by re-entry. Our goal should be zero apprehensions -- not because aliens get past the Border Patrol, but because they are prevented entry in the first place.”
    Barbara Jordan quote

    It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.” ~ Barbara Jordan

    Not happening, is it??

    June 12, 2012 at 5:59 p.m.

  • The wall is very special to me and my generation. It is a painful visit but to not pay our respects is off the charts wrong.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.

  • Lissiye - your volunteer time at the Wall will be life changing. I have volunteered when the wall came to town where I previously lived. Vietnam was in my life time - I was on student deferment and always had a lottery number so high I was never called - I am not proud of that at all. Just lucky.

    When volunteering I helped men - my age - do etchings of the names on the wall of fellow soldiers that died in Vietnam - I held grown men - big strong bold grown men in my arms at they cried like babies for the men that they lost there. It changed me - it will change you also.
    I had friends who served - but until those days I volunteered and until I saw the men stand in front of the Wall - crying, saluting, and honoring those who gave that last full measure - I NEVER had a clue what the men and women gave for my freedom.

    Don't miss your chance to experience something so special I can't really describe it.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.