I was distressed to read Kevin Hall’s (Valley Voices, May 7) perception of the Valley as a cauldron of potential rebellion similar to the Irish-English conflict which has raged ever since the descendants of William the Conqueror invaded Ireland over a thousand years ago.
I find it unseemly for immigrants from the Old World to bring to the New World all their historical animosities based on race, religion and other divisive concepts. My Irish ancestors arrived during the great potato famine in the late 1840s, and my family settled in Fresno in the 1940s.
I do not see any similarities in our Valley today which even remotely resembles the age-old conflict to which Mr. Hall refers. We have more than enough food, and obesity is a health problem. I do not know of any deep injustice against an entire people in our Valley (we celebrate Cesar Chavez Day and many, if not most mayors, of Fresno County cities are awesome Hispanics).
Let us as a nation of immigrants put aside old animosities that existed among our ancestors in Europe, Asia, or whatever, and work together to establish a more perfect union right here in this great New World.
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Norman Fletcher, Fresno