Methinks there’s a missing “my” in Karen Lee Ziner’s “Remarks raise concern” piece on the front page of yesterday’s Local News section:
A nonprofit group whose board members include First Lady Sue Carcieri asserts that nearly 45 percent of all immigrants in Rhode Island — legal and illegal — lack high school diplomas and “this low-skilled cohort of immigrants to Rhode Island costs state taxpayers about $212 million per year.”
“It is because such a high percentage of immigrants, legal or not, lack a quality formal education that they represent a relatively high cost to the taxpayer,” said the statement by the Ocean State Policy Research Institute. Its executive director, William Felkner, said he wrote the statement.
Felkner called people who sponsor immigrants to this country “the new deadbeat dad.” He said he means that the government has assumed the financial role for immigrants that “family, faith and friends” formerly played.
The only person whom the remarks seem to have concerned is Ziner. It was then Ziner who proceeded to drum up concerns among others — specifically OSPRI’s board members (emphasis added):
Carcieri spokesman Jeff Neal said Felkner’s statements “are at odds” with Governor and Mrs. Carcieri’s views on the subject of immigration. He said they were unaware of Felkner’s news release until Neal brought it to their attention after The Journal sought comment. …
Board member Edward M. Mazze said he also was unaware of the statement until a reporter asked him about it. Mazze is a regular contributor to the opinion and financial pages of The Journal.
In other words, if the Projo were to follow the editorial rule of avoiding the passive voice, the headline should have been: “Reporter raises concerns about remark.” Perhaps the follow-up could have been: “Report raises profile of nonprofit group.”