Immigrants and voting: The immigrants of the 19th and early 20th centuries came here to become Americans and did become Americans. The present immigrants seem to come here for citizenship, jobs and welfare, not particularly to become Americans. I do not believe any immigrants should be given the right to vote until 10 years after becoming a citizen. In 10 years they would be assimilated in to the American way of life, learn the English language, understand the constitutional privilege of voting and should by then be genuine Americans. Only then should they be given the right to vote. What do you think?
Remember 1938: I graduated from high school in 1938. The Great Depression was still on and World War II was on the horizon. I thought you might be interested in the general cost of living at that time:
• Gallon of gas – 10 cents.
• Loaf of bread – 9 cents.
• Best picture – “You Can’t Take It With You.”
• Song hit – “Thanks for the Memory.”
• First “Superman” comic was published.
• Average new home – $3,900.
• Average house rental – $27 per month.
I had forgotten myself how low they were. What do you think?
William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and frequent contributor to Viewpoints.