I am writing in response to Jim Hill's Guest Comment on April 17.
As I sit at my computer, I am reminded what day it is. There are few out there that recognize the date, April 19, although everyone knows "Cinco de Mayo."
April 19, 1776. "One if by land, two if by sea." That was the warning given to the "Freedom fighters," "The Minute Men," "The Patriots," that we were being invaded.
On the eve of April 18, Paul Revere, (although Revere was captured) William Dawes and Samuel Prescott received the signal from the steeple of "The Old North Church" and rode their horses at midnight from Boston's "Old North Church" to Lexington and on to Concord, warning militiamen along the way.
"The British are coming" was their cry. William Dawes arrived in Concord in time to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who were meeting at "The Concord Inn." Adams and Hancock were able to escape capture.
The following day, the British arrived in Lexington and were met by 50 to 70 Minutemen.
The British continued their march on to "The Concord Bridge," where on April 19 they were met by "The Acton Boys" militiamen.
The first "shot heard around the world" was fired. The rest was history.
I find this event to be more important today than any time in the history of the United States. We have been invaded once again and not a single shot has been fired.
It is the likes of Jim Hill and businessmen like him who are selfishly selling out our country.
Mr. Jim Hill would have us believe he is unaware of the legal status of his employees and yet he admits two of them just up and left. Hmmmmm.
When he hires them and they don't speak English and they provide a birth certificate from Montana as proof of citizenship and when, they can't read English, what does Mr. Hill do? Give them an employment application written in Spanish?
We don't expect Mr. Hill to become an INS agent, we ask that he and others use common sense and stop encouraging illegals to come here. There are few jobs for our kids getting out of high school and they must leave Payson to find work. That in itself, is destroying our local economy.
In honor of the brave Patriots of April 19, 1776 and those Doughboys who fought WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, The Gulf War and the Iraq War, don't give up our beloved country to the invaders.
Let's take back our country.
Ken Hixson, Payson
Editor's note: This letter was shortened to fit within the Roundup's 400-word limit for letters to the editor.