STAY AWAKE

We whites are so privileged that it takes a disaster such as child abduction by the government to wake us up.

Now awake, we must make an effort to stay that way. Our country depends on it more so than ever.

Our leaders have become a malignancy instead of an inspiration, and we will have to live with it at least for a while. We’re strong and can do so side-by-side with all races, creeds and colors.

~ BARBARA LAFFAN

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CARSON’S COURAGE

What bravery — to propose an abrupt, steep increase in rent for those in HUD’s rent assistance program. Along with eliminating unnecessary things like deductions for children in the home and medical expenses plus the possible imposition of a work requirement, Ben Carson’s proposal will be a great incentive for promoting self-sufficiency, prodding renters to participate more fully in this exciting economy where jobs are plentiful.

This could spell an end to an unhealthy dependence on a federal handout. After all, the federal budget must now stretch to accommodate increased tax breaks and military spending.

While it’s true that doubters and do-gooders predict a resulting increase in homelessness, we must keep faith in the salutary results of the cuts, although no studies indicate this, remembering how well market values have served us in the past.

Moreover, fans of this administration need have no fear of any political reprisal, for the population affected is characteristically low clout as well as low income. They can’t afford to donate to politicians and seldom vote. And should any of them become homeless, they can’t register to vote without an address anyway. Sitting ducks.

~ MARGARET MORRIS

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YET TO REUNITE

For years, children and parents have been crossing the nation’s southern border into the United States. While many might see this is as “illegal” and an open invitation for people to continue to cross the border, the reality is that many are fleeing from countries plagued by gang violence and extreme poverty due to ruined economies.

To risk the long journey, and now the possibility of permanently being separated from their children, these parents are making the heart-rending decision that even separation or detention in the United States is better than the situation they find themselves in at home. These individuals are not criminals as painted by the media. These people are families with hopes of building better lives. For many, this means risking separation to guarantee their children can live past their teenage years without falling victims to the horrors of gang violence or starvation.

There is no question that these children, some younger than 5 years old, being separated from their loved ones will have emotional and psychological scars for the rest of their lives. Although the president issued an executive order to end the separations on June 20, the government has yet to reunite almost 2,000 children with their parents. Furthermore, the Trump administration will not reunite any of these migrant children with parents currently being held in in immigrant detention facilities unless the federal law is changed.

The only way these parents can quickly be reunited with their children once more is by dropping their claims for asylum in the United States and agreeing to be deported, rendering useless the sacrifices they have already made. If history has taught us anything, it is that separating families and using innocent human beings as pawns in a game where no one truly ends up winning only ends up in an apology many years later when the damage has been done. The scars of injustice never fade. Let us not repeat what is so evidently wrong; let us not continue letting this administration use and abuse these families.

~ JEANNETTE SANCHEZ-PALACIOS

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