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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Immigrant licenses</b>

EDITOR: Regarding the article on immigrant driver's licenses ("Feds say California immigrant driver's license needs tweaks," May 7): It would be helpful for immigrants to drive legally because it is so necessary for getting to work, school and other required activities.

Many illegal immigrants drive without a license. When they are stopped by the police, their cars are impounded and stored for up to a month, amassing fines of up to $1,500. All of this seems so unfair because the illegal immigrants are willing to do hard jobs that U.S. citizens choose not to want to do.

It is very disappointing that the new licenses will be distinctively different from the usual California driver's license, alerting prospective employers and everyone else that this person is an illegal immigrant, most times preventing the person from being hired for the position.

I understand the national security issues, but I believe the distinctively different licenses will only cause unlicensed illegal immigrants to remain unlicensed.

MARGARITA GARCIA

Petaluma

<b>A state-owned bank</b>

EDITOR: California needs more money. With an important June 3 primary looming, it is time to act. Laura Wells for controller and Ellen Brown for treasurer are just what California needs.

Both of these beautiful young women are committed to a state-owned bank of California. That would save California billions of dollars. Sorry, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan.


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