Great debates always have moved America, beginning with one about building a National Road through the hills of Western Pennsylvania.

Now, the National Road Heritage Corridor wants to air America's next "great debate." On April 14, the organization will host "The Great Debate 2009, Immigration and America: A Nation Divided" at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.

Honorary debate chairman Jim Kane said the panel will include a cross-section of experts on both sides of America's immigration debate: John Quinones, co-anchor of ABC's "Primetime;" syndicated columnist Cal Thomas; Hazleton Mayor Louis Barletta; Roy Beck from Numbers USA; and Sister Janice Vanderneck of the Latino Catholic Community.

By Debra Erdley -- Tribue-Review

Roy Beck