The Ocean City Primary School will be hosting a preschool information session and open house on Thursday, March 12 at 4:30 p.m. The open house will provide parents and guardians with the opportunity to learn more about the preschool program, as well as tour the facility, meet members of the staff, and complete an application. The preschool program is for children three and four years old. Applications are due by April 30. To RSVP, call (609) 399-3191.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HERE’S a thought for all the anti-illegal immigration fanatics out there: Instead of carping endlessly to anyone within earshot of how illegal immigrants are ruining California, do something about it. That’s right. Turn those tired arguments (“what part of illegal’ don’t you understand?”) into some real action. I’m not suggesting the kind of vigilantism undertaken by Jim Gilchrist and his Minuteman followers who caused a media stir by taking their rifles, lawn chairs and self-righteous conviction down to patrol the U.S. Border. Misguided though I think they are, the Minutemen and -women deserve some credit. They at least have the cojones to act on their personal principles. Most of us don’t. What I’m suggesting is that those who don’t want “illegals” and by that they mean those brown, Spanish-speaking types (those 600,000 illegal Canadians and Europeans just don’t seem to be a problem) living up in here, put their money where their mouth is. Literally. Boycott. This would be a perfect time to adopt this old-school protest relic employed with great success by the very people now the subject of the anti-immigration movement. This week the Senate is set to debate immigration reform. The House already passed an immigration reform bill so punitive it harkens back to the Depression-era time when Mexican Americans were rounded up and shipped back “home.” Among other things, the House bill would criminalizes the 12 million people living here without permission, as well as those individuals and organizations who might happen to “assist” whatever that means an illegal immigrant. While both the president and some Senators are hoping for reform that would include a guest-worker program, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is pushing a proposal similar to the House bill. Hello, immigration round-ups. Whatever the good senators come up with, it’s sure to be an ugly debate that dredges up the specter of racism and nativism that has plagued this country almost since its birth. If polls can be trusted, then a majority of legal Americans don’t want their roughly 12 million undocumented neighbors here, even though they continue to enjoy the many economic benefits made possible by the exploitation of undocumented workers. Fine, it’s an easy fix. To borrow the slogan from the failed war on drugs, just say no. Don’t want dirt-poor Mexicans and Salvadorans sneaking across the border to work California’s fields? Fine, just say no to $1 avocados and $10 car washes. Go without or find a local family farm or business that hires only bona-fide residents and pays them the minium wage. Better yet, grow an avocado tree in your own backyard. Want to discourage those 12 million illegal workers from trekking hundreds of miles? There’s really only one way to do it remove the demand for their services. That’s the fundamental basis of capitalism: if there’s a demand, there will be a supply. There’s only one humane and honest way to stop desperately poor workers from coming north to seek their fortune, and it’s not by building a 692-mile wall or increasing the penalties for illegal border-crossers or rounding up all the the brown folk for immigration checks. But evidently few people are willing to suffer the inconvenience. Who wants to pay $5 for an avocado? Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at [email protected]