Stan’s family never took welfare • Brooklyn Paper

Stan’s family never took welfare

President Obama and candidate Hillary Clinton tell us that a couple of hundred thousand more immigrants will not make a difference here in the population of the United States.

I’m getting tired of all my friends on the left (Yes! I do have friends on the left) telling me that these immigrants are no different than my mother was when she came to America.

No, no, no — that’s B.S.! The first stop mom’s ship made was at Ellis Island where her papers and her health were carefully scrutinized. She was checked for everything from hair lice to diseases before she was permitted to enter the United States.

She also required a sponsor. My mother was very young, and she was subsidized by her older brother who was already here. He had a place for her to live and a job. Every day she went to school to learn many things, including how to speak English, a little bit about politics such as the names of the first and the current presidents, and, of course, our currency.

In the afternoon, when the school day was over, she went to work in her brother’s kosher butcher shop. There she worked as a chicken flicker, one whose expertise is the removal of the feathers from the bird. The few dollars a week she earned went toward her clothing and her personal necessities. Her brother took care of her food and other living expenses and she swore to me that she never held her hand out to freeload from the government as so many do today.

So you see, my friends. She was not the same as the immigrants of today. Please stop saying that she was.

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Look up Frontier Airlines and you’ll find that everybody has a complaint, a gripe, a major criticism, and a darn good reason to “never fly with them again” — be it lost or torn luggage, schedule changes, or a litany of other complaints.

My son and I were in Atlanta on business last week, and after a very quick search, we found that not only did Frontier have the perfect time for us to leave by several hours — even if it was late, we would still be in time for our next destination, Miami, at least two hours earlier than the other airlines advertised for a non-stop flight.

Besides that, the cost of the flight was beaucoup bucks cheaper than all of the competition. Okay. We had only light carry-ons and no luggage so, “Let’s take a chance.” We did book the flight on Frontier, flew on a brand-new airplane, saved a lot of money, and were in Miami before the other airlines were revving up to take off. The only downside was that, to make up for the cheaper tickets, Frontier gives you nothing free while on board.

How many of you remember the no-frills flights on Eastern Airlines many years ago. This is worse than that. Not even a free Coke. A can of Coke or a bottle of water — $2. A cup of coffee and a small snack — $4.50. Teensy, tiny 99-cents can of Pringles — $3.

I am StanGershbein@Bellsouth.net holding a Frontier Sky Bar Menu — e-mail me if you want to know what the other nosh sells for.

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