Letters to the Editor

Ultimate sacrifice: Letters to the editor, Dec. 7, 2018

A migrant man walks with a girl along a secondary border fence in San Ysidro, Calif. toward border patrol agents waiting further down the road to detain them, after they crossed under the U.S. border fence from in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Discouraged by the long wait to apply for asylum through official ports of entry, many Central American migrants from recent caravans are choosing to cross the U.S. border wall and hand themselves in to border patrol agents.
A migrant man walks with a girl along a secondary border fence in San Ysidro, Calif. toward border patrol agents waiting further down the road to detain them, after they crossed under the U.S. border fence from in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Discouraged by the long wait to apply for asylum through official ports of entry, many Central American migrants from recent caravans are choosing to cross the U.S. border wall and hand themselves in to border patrol agents. AP

Some paid the ultimate sacrifice

Really! Deport those filing for benefits? Again, how about my college friend who volunteered for Vietnam? He did not come back. The enemy fire that felled him did not care what language his parents spoke or if they received government benefits. Yes, my friend was there defending our country.

Thousands are now at our southern border seeking a better life. Let’s not forget that tens of thousands of their American Latino brothers have fought and died for our country!

Ask not for whom the bells toll, they toll for thee.

Bernie Darman, Fresno

Youth offenders learn firefighting

You might be surprised to learn that alongside the adult criminal offenders fighting the recent California fires were volunteer youth offenders. You might also be surprised to learn that these children rotate in and out of $1.00 - $2.00, 72 hour shifts ….easily exploitation and seemingly a violation of child labor laws.

All of these issues are debatable (and very well should be) but I believe that rather than “using” these children, a good solution would be to allow them, once they become adults and finish their sentence, to apply these newly acquired job skills in the real world and provide them the opportunity at a lifelong career in firefighting. Now that’s rehabilitation!

Zoie A. Martinez, Fresno

Media, political outrage misplaced

Josef Stalin purged millions during the 1930s; every world bureaucrat with status above dog catcher voiced their righteous indignation. Stalin commented: “Every death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” Yet during World War II, the world made a pact with the devil and that devil died in his sleep in 1953.

Fast forward to 2018; a Saudi national with permanent status in the United States gets whacked in Turkey. The apoplectic media and flaccid politicians in this country want the brain housing group of both King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia but will settle for our president’s. Yet,they remain absolutely silent beyond the obligatory obituary regarding the continuous maiming and killing of law enforcement officers throughout this country as well as innocent residents of South Chicago and other U. S. cities.

Meanwhile, John Brennan, former CIA director and his ilk, accuse our president of treason and collusion. Nothing proven to date, but these same naysayers are quick to forget an Islamic axiom that President Trump clearly understands: “An enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Jim Withycombe, Lemoore

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