Immigration And Assimilation 101 – Using Your Common Sense

“Resistance (to assimilation) is futile” used to really mean something. Well, it does to Star Trek fans anyway, and it should to all Americans and immigrants as well.

Assimilation to a culture and language that together, offer more opportunity than anywhere in the world – in a country to which one chose to move – is just commonsense.

It does not require the abandonment of all that one has come from, but rather, the embracing of all that is here to be had, not the least of which is opportunity. Had immigrants to the US refused to assimilate in the beginning, the US would not be the great land of opportunity that it is. It would be a mess. And now, it is. Some employees resist from the immigration due to the inconvenience in working place. The canada immigration lawyer in toronto will educate the person about the procedure of visa and removes the resistance.

Evidence of this is seen clearly with what seems to be an overwhelming majority of Spanish speaking immigrants, who expect the US to accommodate their refusal to learn even basic English. Thus, they are not able to obtain gainful employment, contribute little if any to the tax base in the communities in which they reside, and are burdening our tax and healthcare systems out of existence. Towns are going bankrupt, hospitals are closing down, because we simply cannot afford to house, feed, provide healthcare for and educate the worlds’ poor, uneducated Spanish speaking population who refuse to assimilate..

Sadly, some corporate giants in this country have been quick to accommodate these immigrants. Wal Mart is abhorrently guilty, as are countless other companies now marketing heavily in Spanish, both in the stores and in the media. Further, in doing so, they are growing in their dependence upon the business of the non-English speaking, poor immigrant, driving out the business of other customers, and are thus, playing their shareholders money against potentially fatal practices.

Talk about “Wal Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.” Producer and director Robert Greenwald has his sequel!

Next, we will be shopping or hearing a list of options on the phone, not only in English and Spanish (often Spanish is the first option), but other languages as well. Will an hour of options in numerous languages finally push us to the breaking point? Will it bring us to the realization of just how foolish we’ve become with regard to immigration? Will we be picking the checkout line at Wal Mart based upon the language spoken by the cashier? Will the sign noting the cashiers’ language be in English, or in the language he or she speaks? Will they hang a separate monitor in Wal Mart for advertisements in each language? Can it be that we really have Spanish Wal Marts in the US, and American ones too? Indeed, we do. Lancaster, PA is a perfect example of this downward spiral trend. Can it be that dialing an operator from a pay-phone in some areas of FL, TX and CA results ONLY in a Spanish speaking customer service rep? Indeed it does.

I’m all for immigration. It’s what made this country what it is. I’m all for children who have the good fortune of being brought up bi-lingual, or even tri-lingual. But, too many immigrant parents are not learning English themselves and are thus, not encouraging English outside the home with their children, while intelligently and simultaneously preserving their mother language and culture inside the home. Worse, America isn’t encouraging them to learn English. We are effectively discouraging them by accommodating their Spanish language on such a grand level – the schools, public signs – every box of every item for sale in the stores. We don’t accommodate immigrant Europeans, Asians, Africans or those from any other culture in that manner who move here. Why then do we so readily accommodate the mostly Hispanic Spanish-speaking immigrants who come here knowing full-well that they won’t have to assimilate? We know why. Votes.

That said, without immigration, this country, one of the greatest on earth, would not exist. But, immigrants must come here legally and with plans to assimilate – adapt, accept and embrace everything they came here for. Our government, businesses, schools, etc., must refuse to accommodate anything less.

Assimilation is just commonsense. In doing so, immigrants will find more reward than they could ever have imagined. Refusing, they will watch with us, Americans – as our country falls into the level of life they so desperately chose to leave – and even more frightening, as we watch our society approaching a rapid boiling point with regard to the hatred that is on the rise between the clashing cultures of “American” and those who chose to come here, but refuse to be – American.

Getting Customer Service After a Flight Delay is Difficult, but Not Impossible

The widespread reporting about the dismal on-time performance of the airline industry means a lot of passengers were left stranded, missed flights, or had luggage lost this summer. According to government figures reported by Reuters, complaints about travel-related problems rose nearly 50 percent in the first half of 2007. And this is just the people who reported a problem, which means a lot of people were very unhappy and asking for help.

When a large number of flights are delayed, customer service representatives get overwhelmed with requests and may or may not be able to help with the extent of passenger requests. Keeping a few strategies in mind when seeking assistance will greatly increase the likelihood of getting rebooked earlier, better seats, hotel vouchers, or lost luggage assistance.

Be patient, because you have time. After a flight delay, fellow passengers will be queuing up at the nearest customer service desk, whether it is at their gate or at the check-in counter. When the screens are showing your flight is delayed 2 hours or cancelled altogether, this means you have a few minutes to regroup and figure out what to do next. Take a look at the monitors and see if other flights are going to your destination so that when you get to head of the line you have information about possible options.

Use the telephone. The in-airport monitors sometimes do not have the most updated information about flight status so call the airline customer service number to verify current data. Pre-program the number into your cell phone before leaving for the airport, and make sure you have all your flight information at hand. When offered, give your cell phone number for flight status alerts that may inform you about problems before you arrive at the airport, or so you can ask for help right away. Customer service representatives can sometimes re-book flights on the phone, or at least provide more information before you get up to the desk.

Take names, and be polite. Don’t take your frustrations out on the front-line employee, it’s probably not his fault that he can’t give you want you want or need. Make a mental or physical note of the name of every airline employee that you talk to so that if you are talking to someone down the line you know who you have interacted with. How they treat you, what they tell you, and how they help (or don’t) are all relevant information. Airlines do not necessarily have to offer hotel accommodations or food vouchers during weather delays, or put passengers on the earliest flight, but how you speak to him may affect what perks or consolations he offers.

Put it in writing. If you don’t get what you want at the airport, follow up with a written account or complaint, and include the names of any employee you spoke with, all flight information, and what you would like the airline to do. Airlines don’t always give consolations vouchers on day of, but may be more inclined to work with you after a written complaint.

Flying is rarely a pleasant experience anymore, and as complaints go up, customer service seems to go down. But with a little patience and preparation, you can get what you want after a delay.

To sum up, customer services are similar to private jet services in that both are seen as full of hassles when it comes to delays and have proven to be quite a headache as you have to wait at the airport for many hours lying in wait for the next flight to be booked and therefore lose all interest in traveling after a certain period of time.

The Sad Truth About Frequent Flyer Miles

When I first joined a Frequent Flyer Mileage Program, you could get a free flight anywhere in the US for 15,000 miles. Even better at that time you often got a bonus of 10,000 miles just for signing up. During these early years there were a significant amount of seats available on each flight for frequent flyer awards except for certain blackout dates like Christmas, Thanksgiving, The Fourth Of July and Labor Day. I have taken many frequent flyer flights during these start up years but I have been very troubled by the direction of the frequent flyer programs during recent years.

First they started to reduce the number of seats available to the frequent flyer. Some flights have one seat or two available on all but the red-eye flights and on some slow time/day combinations. The actual number of seats is generally kept a closely guarded secret. However, when you call them you will not be very happy about the availability. You may have to book months in advance and still settle for an inconvenient flight time.

The second thing that was done was the increase of the number of points needed for even these scarce flights. Most Airlines now charge 20,000 to 25,000 for the low end seat. This may not seem ridiculous increase but wait, it gets worse. The airlines came out with a less restricted frequent flyer seat which was 40,000 points on many airlines, mine included. OK, you are really not redeeming 15,000 points but 40,000 but it is less restricted and there are more seats. This was true until September on my airline. In that month of 2006 they made some changes.

The third ploy was to increase these seats by another 10,000 miles to 50,000 while adding new restrictions to even these greatly inflated seat exchanges. Not only are you required to redeem more miles to get them, the number of even these expensive seats have been reduced and more time restrictions apply. Basically, not only are you back to the same seating problems as with the lower mileage requirement seats but, also are back to the headaches about actually getting a seat at the time and date you want.

The final blow was just announced by United Airlines (my frequent flyer airline), which now wants to eliminate all your miles from your account if there are no flights purchased or United credit cards used for 1 year. Your balance will go down to zero.

All this and additional airport and airline headaches as well, is enough to make a person just not want to fly. My personal travel has been halved due to aggravation with the schedules, rules, delays and other inconveniences, which just make me feel like flying is not a fun experience any more. My next planned trip is a road trip and that is saying a lot with the high price of gasoline.

I feel The airlines should be required advertise the number of frequent flyer seats on each flight by point redemption cost. If the airlines need to cut back just get rid of these programs from a specific date forward. Don’t slowly strangle the frequent flyers into believing they can get something which they can not. At least we will be able to better plan our business and vacation flights and not have unrealistic expectations. This is where you can opt for flight charter services that provide you premium services according to your budget. This is much better and convenient as compared to the services provided under flyer miles.

 

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Samsonite the Classic Name in Luggage

Most of us were raised with Samonsite the classic name in luggage being a part of our family vacations and pilgrimages to college. Though there are many luggage brands that have come and gone, there has been one of many, and that is Samonsite the classic name in luggage has maintained the test of time.

Whether you travel frequently or must make that once or twice family pilgrimage for summer vacations and going home for the holidays. Either way you still need luggage. Samsonite the classic name in luggage is a great choice for a modern, attractive, stylish, and sturdy piece of luggage.

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With all of the changes made with travel, securities procedures have become more stringent, where manpower may have decreased; the handling of bags has changed. If you check your bag it’s handled more than it would normally be handled, and if you carry it own it will be handled more than usual. Procedures simply require more handling. That being said, travelers need luggage that can withstand handling without damage occurring. This is going to require a product of strength, durability, and integrity, which you will find with Samsonite the classic name in luggage.

Having been a leader in the industry for over ninety years and have lived true to their mission of “providing innovative solutions for the traveling world.” More people travel today than every before, and the majority of them are stylish travelers. Samsonite has followed trends and technology and have responded to the needs of the traveling public by keeping their products fresh, innovative, secure, dependable and durable. Samsonite not only makes suitcases, carryon bags, backpacks, attaches and other luggage items, but has chose to lend it’s name to other products associate with quality in the travel industry.

The Samsonite today is not our parents Samsonite. Some of the products offered today look like luggage carried by most runway models. One style in particular the Samsonite Black Label line, remaining true to the classic name in luggage, but also offering a trendy new style to meet the demands of the consumer. One of the most favorite collections is the Vintage contemporary retro collection from Samsonite Black Label.

The Mini Bag and the Beauty Case are gorgeous as well as functional. The collection pieces form the Mini Bag up to the large pieces of luggage range from $250.00 up. The X-Lite Collection, which is perfect for men, has an edgy contemporary style. The set starts with the smallest being a Toiletry Kit with approximately 18 pieces offered, ranging up to a 35″ Hard side Spinner Upright. The bags are lightweight, and environmentally designed with a lightweight synthetic fabric. Prices range from $150.00 up and truly representative of Samsonite the classic name in luggage.

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So, guys and gals, what are you waiting for? Just grab onto the opportunity with open hands and buy your own samsonite kohvrid and plan a long and well deserved vacation with friends and family and allow Samson suitcases to prove their potential which they already have to the world at large and is now today one of the best brands of luggage today as well as the first that comes to the mind of customers.