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Editor,

I may be wrong, but it seems to me the Democrats {Socialists} showed their true colors during the State of the Union speech. Nancy Pelosi sat in her chair acting like she had a bad case of constipation. The other Socialists acted like they were posing for a 4th grade art class. All the good things that are now happening in our country, the dems don't want to talk about. If anyone thinks the Democrats are for the continued success of our country, they are nuttier than a squirrel's turd.

Jim Reese
Brookville


Editor,

Here's a question for the Brookville Town Board. Instead of whining over fines for the parking meters on Main Street. Why don't you do something useful and either repair the Brookville Swimming Pool.Instead of passing the responsibility on to someone else.

If not, I urge all voters to clean house on the Brookville Town Board come next election. Remember they campaigned and was elected to those positions. And the Brookville Town Board works for us, NOT VICE VERSA. VOTE THEM OUT!

Darrell Bishop
Brookville


Dear Mr. Estridge,

I refer to the continuing discussion of the “township merger plan” in the Liberty Herald.

While there seems to be available glorious detail on the multitude of ways in which these mergers could be effectuated, one minor datum is conspicuously omitted.

I have yet to hear anyone even attempt to explain WHY!

What's in it for Union County? What's in it for any of the Townships, individually? What's in it for me? And, while we're at it, what's in it for ANYONE?

What is 'broken' that these mergers are intended to fix? Sorry, but I see no problem that they are intended to remediate. And, when that happens, experience has taught me to be cautious.

I am delighted to learn that Brian Bosma and Cindy Ziemke favor these changes. I'd be even more enthusiastic (perhaps!) if I knew why they want them!

Having fewer townships in Union County cannot be one of the top-ranking problems in Indianapolis.

Sincerely,

Lew Pringle


Editor,

The January 24 edition of the "Tea Time" column was about our country's immigration policies and sanctuary cities and states. I will be the first to agree that our current immigration laws do need some changes. But the current admin-istration in Washington is going in the wrong direction. The simple fact that some cities and states feel the need to establish themselves as sanctuaries for immigrants says that one of the bases our country was founded upon, immigration, is being severely restricted. This is something you would expect in a fascist state, not America.

Since our current president took the oath of office a little over a year ago, he has tried to restrict the number of immigrants coming into our country. It started with an executive order that would stop immigration from a number of Muslim majority countries. This was overturned after a number of states decided to sue the govern-ment, and was ultimately over-turned by a federal court. Trump has also increased federal funding for border security and of course, is still pushing to complete "The Wall". He has talked about this since the early days of his cam-paign and has stated numerous times that "Mexico will pay for it". This is not going to happen; it's simply unrealistic. The vast majority of American taxpayers, myself included, do not want to pay any amount, especially $18 billion, for a border wall. There is no bipartisan support in Congress for such a wall.

Trump stated in his presidential announcement speech that, "When Mexico sends it's people, they're not sending their best. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists." "it's coming from more than Mexico," Trump continued. "It's coming from all over South and Latin America, and it's coming probably - probably - from the Middle East." In his first year in office, Trump has significantly uprooted immi-gration policy, tearing apart the families of longtime residents who in some cases were major contributors to their communities. I recently read about a doctor in Texas who had been in this country for 30 years and was deported to Mexico, much to the shock of his adopted town. In 2016, more Non-Mexicans than Mexicans were apprehended at US borders; this decline in apprehensions reflects the decrease in the number of unauthorized Mexican immigrants coming to the US (Pew Research Center). So this focus on Mexico and our southern border really makes no sense.

Also, the White House has recently called for an end to "chain migration", which it defines as "the process by which foreign nationals resettle within the US and subsequently bring over their foreign relatives…" I would not be here today if it was not for my ancestors immi grating to America from Bavaria in Germany, then inviting other family members to do so. I believe this is true for the majority of those reading this as well.

The Trump administration's immigration policies do not reflect our country's great history of legal immigration, no matter the religion or race of those trying to gain a better life by immigrating and contributing to our society, "The Great American Melting Pot." These policies and attempts to restrict immigration are not a part of the America I know and love.

The Bible tells us in Exodus 22:21, "You must not oppress a stranger in any way, remember, you yourselves (the Israelites) were foreigners in the land of Egypt." Also, Exodus 23:9, "Do not oppress foreigners..." These scriptures are conveniently forgotten by the so-called Christian Conservatives.

In 1886, the people of France donated to the United States a copper statue entitled "Liberty Enlightening the World", better known as the Statue of Liberty. This statue has become an icon of freedom, immigration, and the United States; welcoming generations of immigrants arriving from abroad to Liberty Island in New York Harbor. In the base of the statue, a bronze tablet is inscribed with the poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus (excerpt):

"Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightening, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame."

" 'Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!', cries she,

With silent lips. 'Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!' "

This is the America I know, where immigrants, exiles, and strangers are welcomed, and not turned away.

David Kirk
Brookville, Indiana


 






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