Annette Macfarlane’s comments at a March 5 Tremonton City council meeting has sparked a controversy. Were her remarks out of line or not? You decide. Here are her comments.
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The information was not Annette’s opinion, rather it was information taken from a Cache County Police officer. I felt it appropriate information to be considered in the discussion. Some may feel it to be rascist. I do not feel the remarks were inappropriate.
I live in a city and county that are both about 46% Latino and 47% Anglo. Agriculture is the main industry, and many undocumented immigrants come here to make a better life for their families by working for ridiculously low wages in the packing houses and fields.
As a group, these immigrants are good people, nothing like what McFarlane describes. They’re very family oriented and they have the guts to do something very few others would do: risk their lives to go to a strange land to create a better life for their families.
My wife teaches many of them at the local college. The whole immigrant community gets together to help fund the high out-of-state tuition rates their children need in order to attend. These are poor people, earning next to nothing, but they give what little they have to create that better life.
McFarlane should be ashamed. So should anyone who supports her comments.
Annette is a concerned citizen with the right express her opinion. As is her right she expressed a well thought out and researched opinion. The ears that hear any opinion are allowed to determine if they share the opinion or not. That is all she was doing expressing another viewpoint for information to be considered and researched for validity. Kudos to Annette for having the initiative to speak her peace.
I think it might prove interesting to obtain the ‘actual’ words,figures and views from the police officer, and see if Ms McFarlanes reportings are giving the full views and not just bits and pieces of what she wanted to hear.Was the police officer authorized to speak for Cache County? The facts and figures could very easily be obtained for the source.
Lets face the facts,it is going to be mostly Illegals that will work these jobs. They’ll bring in their Illegal families to take advantage of the healthcare laws, and the welfare system. If they ever did anything to actually stop these criminals from getting employment and stealing identities, maybe these type of jobs would help the local economy. Until then, it will just cause more burdens to the tax paying citizens and the communities.
I don’t know what facts are found in statements like “Sons are as bad as their fathers”, “They don’t leave their heritage” “they don’t join their community” “They don’t adjust” – there are facts, there is data and none of these statements represent either. They are opinions, opinions that repeated don’t make them true, specifically if we are speaking about an entire race of people. If a person truly cares about the human condition – creating fear of a race is not the way.
This is just one persons opinion but being
Latino myself I find this to be totally racist.
There is a lil bad in all communities. It doesn’t
matter if your Black, White, Hispanic, or any
Other race, WE ARE ALL HUMAN.
Two wrongs don’t make a right. We are all human including her. She feels pain,works in this community,and has feelings as well. I have two Latino children and they are very much loved by Annette and have been in her home many times, she has never shown any racism to my children she has known them for years. In-fact she is always the first person to support them when they are doing any kind of fundraiser. She is a good person and meant no harm to any race.
Ahhh…the Pig Plant. It sure has revealed a lot of “True Colors” in our town hasn’t it. Don’t know which is most offensive. People without any facts complaining about how terrible the plant would be, or people with facts being called racists! Minorities of any color, race, or creed have a terrible time melding into a community. That’s a fact. Blame them or blame the majority for not being accepting. But the fact remains. Ms. MacFarlane only stated what other officials told her. The points are valid and need to be considered. Is the community willing to bring in new jobs even if some problems are associated with it? My vote is YES! Hispanics are fantastic people as a whole, and with the help and acceptance of the good people in Tremonton, they will do just fine. Seems like the only stink associated with the Pig Plant is coming from the Bigots and the Politically correct robots in town.
Next time get your facts right you racist lady.
How narrow minded and naive people can be, yes I take offense to this, it was racist and stereotyping! I do not care if she is nice to Hispanic/Latino children she knows or not these statements are biased against what one supposed law enforcement official stated. Of course these citizens did not blend in and be active in the community why would they want to when there is so much bigotry surrounding them! These were opinions not facts and this is my opinion in regards to theirs. If companies were worried about hiring illegal immigrants then they need to follow the law and make sure they do not hire them, simple.
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