From the desk of the publisher

Random Thoughts

Have you ever had trouble falling asleep because your brain just won’t shut down? It seems that one thought triggers another and before you know it you’re lying in bed, ramrod straight trying to calm your overexcited mind.

That happens to me, too, so I thought I would share some of these random thoughts with you.

Immigration. I think that immigrants are the threads that make up the fabric of our nation. The diversity of cultures and the various talents that are brought to America make us, as a country, richer. And let’s face it – most of us can trace our roots to another country.

Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta  Valley Weekly. She can be  reached at   or (818) 248-2740.
Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta
Valley Weekly. She can be
reached at
or (818) 248-2740.

But illegal immigration? That is a concept that I cannot get behind. While I understand the why of it, I can’t condone that the first act of an illegal alien is breaking America’s laws. And to make matters worse, California ignores this violation. Not only does California not enforce our laws, the state encourages the establishment of sanctuary cities – cities that follow certain procedures that shelter illegal immigrants. And don’t look to state legislators to stand up for our laws. California Senate’s Public Safety Committee Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon said recently on a talk radio program that “half his family” is in the United States illegally. When pressed as to whether he thought that stealing someone’s identity in order to obtain papers was a “deportable offense” he said no.

Dreamers. Along these same lines I offer comment regarding the children brought here illegally when they were very young. After building a life in the United States then (many times) discovering that they are not legal citizens, we are to pity their situation. However I, for one, am flat out angry at the parents for creating an awful situation for their children. Are we to send these children back to countries with which they have no affiliation? Allow them to stay here, thereby ignoring our laws and encouraging future illegal immigration? Because let’s face it – when there are no consequences for bad choices those choices will be made again – and again.

This country has granted U.S. Amnesty to illegal immigrants over the years with the hope that our illegal population would diminish. U.S. Amnesty policy grants citizenship to illegal immigrants who have lived in the country for a certain amount of time and to the families of those immigrants. But rather than seeing our numbers go down and immigration policies tightened just the opposite is true. In my opinion, because we didn’t take advantage of tightening our policies when we extended U.S. Amnesty, we nurtured the mess that we are in now.

Cowards. Sometimes here at the CV Weekly people will take the time to send information to us, sometimes leads for us to follow up on, sometimes a criticism for something written or a thank you for shining the light on a subject. But when an envelope arrives in the mail with no return address, I cringe inwardly. Usually these are from people who have a strong opinion on something but are too cowardly to attach their name to their opinion. This might be a letter signed Anonymous or Friend of the Community. Please – if you have an opinion that you want to share, do be brave and own it.

Thank you for indulging me. Perhaps I will sleep a little easier for sharing my thoughts – whether or not you agree with them.