Oh, there she goes again. I hear you but can you blame me for trying a new way to get your attention? Done it before and will do it again because older people, Elderbloggers, seniors, geezers--whatever you want to call us-- need to add immigration reform to the list of issues that need our attention as much as healthcare.
And the fridge news? A recent post at Time Goes By (moving to Portland, Oregon, next month) brought a comment from My Mom's Blog that she definitely should get a refrigerator with a bottom freezer. Millie is so correct. We've been bumping our heads on the 1980s model that came with our new apartment. We like the way the door is a slide-out drawer. We'd had a side-by-side in New York but no room for that here.
Much looking around and voila! Sears has a perfect Kenmore to fit our 30-inch space; love the cheese drawer, easy temp controls. Had to take out a cabinet to get the height but no loss since it's just about unreachable. And what was it that we had up there anyway? I do miss my former glass-front Ikea cabinets. But that's the past and in this present the important issues are treating one another like human beings.
Which brings me back to immigration madness. How sorry I feel for Darlene, Elderblogger with progressive leanings who lives in Arizona, home of the Hispanic haters, and God knows what else that does not belong in a democracy. She posts in more detail under the title, Arizona's Shame. The majority of people there appear lacking in morality with their latest move to make it a state crime--in less than three months from now-- to be an undocumented immigrant in Arizona.
Morality aside, for those that can go there, how do they imagine their infrastructure will work without all the workers from across the borders. Like the two excellent movers who seamlessly delivered our new fridge and took the old one away. Spoke very good English too.
Boycott Arizona (link is to the number one Hispanic website, Hispanic News) is the only thing that may stop clueless, vicious Arizonans. Today I had lunch with my new friend, Elizabeth, who lives in the apartment right under mine. With her family she had to leave Austria in the late 1930s. They went to Mexico, were not able to come here till 1950. Perhaps many readers here have forgotten that the U.S. would not open its doors to Jews trying to leave Europe: 190,00 000 - 200 000 Jews could have been saved.
There are stories in all American families about what it was like to be the first immigrant Irish, Italians, Japapanese, Roumanians....where does it end? We are all immigrants, many of our forebears came here legally. But it did not matter to many who'd had some years to Americanize. We need to get it together around just what it means to be American whether you speak "perfect" English or still have a Latino accent.
***UPDATE: Saturday, May One, there will be a May Day Rally in downtown Portland, Oregon.