January 10, 2019

We need that dang wall!


by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

A few years ago I visited South Africa where the average house was surrounded by a concrete wall. South Africa has many villages and rural communities of impoverished people where the main goal each day is to find a clean drink of water. However, people throughout many of the towns and cities lived behind walls.

Brazil is another country I've visited a couple of times where steel bars in windows and walls around houses are prevalent. Thieves and robbers are common in Brazil and South Africa and it is understandable why they want walls around their houses to protect their valuables and families.

Gated communities, security fences and security guards have been on the rise in America. We have security in our banks, schools, neighborhoods and churches. Any reasonable thinking business, factory, government building, apartment complex and family must have security and a defense in place.

We used to go to bed at night when I was a kid and never thought about locking the door but I remember my mother making a change one night. She said, "We're going to start locking our door." There were reports of prowlers in the community where we lived and she wanted to protect us.

Today we have prowlers roaming the communities of America.

There are estimates of anywhere from eleven to 27 million illegal immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security has estimated approximately 12 million illegal immigrants are in our country. The Pew Research Center has estimated just over 11 million illegal immigrants are in America.

Three Yale School of Management Professors published a paper in 2018 estimating the illegal population is somewhere between 16 and 29 million people.

These are people who have said, "To heck with our laws and rules we are coming to do whatever we please in America." These people are robbers and thieves. They have no regard for what is expected in America. Their goal is to get into our country first and then gain the sympathy of America to allow them to stay here.

We know many good hard workers come from Mexico. The "good" hard workers come legally.

Most Americans are sympathetic people. We give large amounts of money to charities, churches, food pantries and pay large amounts of money back into our federal government which in turn utilizes our money to help millions of Americans, refugees and immigrants.

Research how much money is paid out to refugees.

The Cash and Medical Assistance Program reimburses states for 100 percent of services provided to refugees and other eligible programs, as well as associated Administrative costs. Some Refugees and other non-citizens can get SSI, Supplemental Security Income, for up to Seven Years. The cost is billions of dollars. I'm not opposed to helping true refugees but the overall financial load is not light - 8.8 billion over the next five years or $80,000 per refugee.

The President has asked for five billion dollars to build a wall on our southern border. He is trying to protect us. It's not a silver bullet that will solve all of our problems but it's adding a layer of security.

If we don't build a wall along the Southern border we will soon become like many other third world countries with walls around our houses and subdivisions. Trump's five-billion-dollar wall will look like a pocket full of change in comparison to a nation of gates and walls trying to protect ourselves from millions and millions of illegal prowlers.

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Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.
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This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


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January 9, 2019

8 photos from Monday's St. Joseph-Ogden, Unity basketball game


Unity's Maddie Reed tries to dribble around St. Joseph-Ogden's Peyton Crowe
Unity's Maddie Reed tries to dribble around St. Joseph-Ogden's Peyton Crowe on Monday, January 7. The Spartans defeated the visiting Rockets, 59-27. (PhotoNews Media Archive Photo/Photo by Clark Brooks)


Payton Jacobs battles for an offensive rebound.
St. Joseph-Ogden's Payton Jacobs battles for an offensive rebound under the basket with Unity's Hannah Fridgen and Taylor Henry. SJO held the Rockets to just 10 points in the second half. (PhotoNews Media Archive Photo/Photo by Clark Brooks)


Unity's Rysa Stacy tries drive into the paint against St. Joseph-Ogden. (PhotoNews Media Archive Photo/Photo by Clark Brooks)


St. Joseph-Ogden's Erinn Miller looks for an opening.
St. Joseph-Ogden's Erinn Miller looks for an opening to drive to the lane in their home game against Unity. (PhotoNews Media Archive Photo/Photo by Clark Brooks)


Former SJO basketball player Alyssa Beals show she still has good hands .
Former SJO basketball player Alyssa Beals show she still has good hands catching a souvenir basketball thrown in the stands on Monday. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Unity's Elyce Knudsen goes up for a shot.
Unity's Elyce Knudsen goes up for a shot during her team's road game against the Spartans.(PhotoNews Media Archive Photo/Photo by Clark Brooks)


Payton Vallee keeps her hands up to block a shot attempt by Unity's Rysa Stacy
St. Joseph-Ogden's Payton Vallee keeps her hands up to block a shot attempt by Unity's Rysa Stacy in the first half. (PhotoNews Media Archive Photo/Photo by Clark Brooks)


Ella Armstrong plays defense for SJO
SJO's Ella Armstrong plays defense during second half action. (PhotoNews Media Archive Photo/Photo by Clark Brooks))


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January 8, 2019

Catch it if you can


St. Joseph-Ogden basketball alumna Alyssa Beals is all smiles as she catches a souvenir basketball while taking in Monday night's home game between the Spartans and visiting Unity. SJO blasted the Rockets 59-27 in their regular season Illini Prairie Conference contest. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)