Letters to the Editor

Wall on our border will work – just like fences around our homes, prisons

Contractors work on expanding a portion of the border wall between San Diego, Calif. and Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 4, 2018. If the White House and House Democrats are to reach a deal to avert another government shutdown by the Feb. 15, 2019 deadline, they must first reach a rough détente over what they are talking about — in particular, the definition of President Donald Trump’s “wall,” and of “border security,” the Democrats’ catchall description of their own approach.
Contractors work on expanding a portion of the border wall between San Diego, Calif. and Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 4, 2018. If the White House and House Democrats are to reach a deal to avert another government shutdown by the Feb. 15, 2019 deadline, they must first reach a rough détente over what they are talking about — in particular, the definition of President Donald Trump’s “wall,” and of “border security,” the Democrats’ catchall description of their own approach. NYT file photo

Help me understand why a wall on our border with Mexico is not a good idea. Both Presidents Clinton and Obama made speeches enforcing the need for a wall and securing the border against alien infiltration. Even Chuckie Schumer made an impassioned speech in 2009 emphasizing the need for securing our border with Mexico. What changed your mind, Chuckie? Partisan politics?

Watching the news, we see that Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and Harry Reid all have a wall around their personal residencies. Apparently they thought it was worth the expense to realize the additional security. Are they telling us non-elites we are just not worth the cost?

Now some are saying “walls don’t work.” Really? Maybe they wouldn’t mind if the appropriate governmental agency went into their area and removed the walls from around all of the prisons there. Then they could see if walls have any effect.

We are a nation of immigrants, but we have laws to control immigration to try and ensure we are not allowing criminals, terrorist, diseases, drugs and other undesirable things to come into our presence. Daily our border patrol folks deal with bad people trying to enrich themselves at our country’s expense. They cannot effectively do their jobs when you don’t have limited points of controlled entry.

F.C. Dent Jr.

Lexington

Drug dealers will find ways around walls

The general population, along with Trump supporters, are being led down the primrose path for his remarks about building a wall to keep the drug dealers and terrorists from coming to our country from Mexico.

If anyone has been paying attention to the trial of one of the biggest narcotics traffickers in the history of the world, his name being El Chapo, time and time again witness after witness, including El Chapo himself, has stated that building a wall would not deter them one bit in getting narcotics into this country, because the drug couriers use cars, trucks, ships, airports, etc. So Trump is wrong in his assumption that the wall would stop drugs from coming into our country. The only thing that will cease drugs coming into America is if Americans stop using drugs.

Trump promised Mexico would pay for the wall. Another lie. Mexico had no intention to pay for the wall. Now Trump is trying to backtrack, saying people misunderstood him in saying Mexico would pay for the wall. Everything is “fake news” to him when he doesn’t get his way. After all, didn’t we all see the “millions”of people at his inauguration!

Pat Clark

Columbia

Modern technology not another shutdown will solve wall issue

Trump threatens yet another shutdown. Isn’t this the very definition of insanity? Do the same thing and expect a different result. This great big, beautiful Mexico-funded wall is not going to happen. It is a 14th century answer to a 21st century problem. Modern tech will solve it, and no amount of bluster or threats will change that.

Sandra Kostrzewa

Chapin

GOP, Dems more interested in party-ism than patriotism

I believe that what I am about to share are true cure-alls, centered in a priceless political education, for the following problems: “Government shutdowns” – nonsense! The first checks to be withheld should be those of elected officials and their staffs. Most assuredly, there would be no government shutdowns and the wall would be finished already.

Secondly, we are captives of the two major parties that cannot discern the difference between “patriotism” and “party-ism.” I come from a school of thought and former standard practice as American patriots, not party-first, “party–ots.” What needs to be debated? We have an invasion going on for decades, and the big boys and girls in D.C. are more concerned with who is having conversations with other world leaders as “treason” and “grounds for impeachment.” On the other party spotlight, the Republicans play this game willingly and for decades have been afraid to say something like … “The president has been investigated for treason for two years, but Bill and Hillary walked from Comey’s instability and a corrupt upper DOJ. echelon.”

We demand a ballot referendum, now.

Steven Maness

Columbia

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