In a column released this week, Rep. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, indicates his committee on Immigration Reform will submit its report to House Speaker Rod Jetton in the near future.
I will repeat my earlier contention that it was a sad commentary on our local print media that no coverage was provided of that committee's meeting at Missouri Southern State University.
Anyone looking for a hint of what the committee's report will include won't find much in Emery's column:
"One thing became eminently clear during the course of our committee's immigration forums across this great state: the issue of illegal immigration does not lend itself to compromise. In fact, compromise is nearly impossible because the two sides in this issue derive from two distinctly different worldviews."
What is most worrisome is that the head of what should have been a productive committee offers such a simplistic overview of what is an extremely complex issue. As any journalist can tell you, there are almost always more than two sides to an issue. Unfortunately, today's politicians have a tendency to provide a black-and-white view that totally overlooks any shades of gray.