Tue, Feb 12, 2008 - Page 8 News List

LETTERS: Knowing what's in the cards

As a private citizen, holding a US green card is one's free choice as long as one agrees to fulfill the duties that come with the card.

However, for government officials of the Republic of China (ROC), it has not been permitted since a May 20, 1978, executive order by former president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國).

Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), a presidential candidate in Taiwan, must immediately go to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to complete Form I-407 and get proper documentation from AIT showing that he has given up his US permanent resident status.

Ma can always restore the status if his presidential bid fails. This green card issue would not be a big deal if he had respected the laws of the ROC or the US.

If Ma could not handle the issue of a small card, how can he be trusted to handle the future of Taiwan for its 23 million people?

The voters of Taiwan should examine the character of the candidates more carefully. A candidate's ability to enhance democracy and defend Taiwan's sovereignty should be most important.

As for the economy, the president can empower the best executives and economists to do the work.

Jim Chung

South Field, Michigan

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