Letters to the Editor

Christians and Trump: Letters to the editor, Feb. 12, 2019

During the Indigenous Peoples March on Jan. 18, 2019, in Washington D.C., Native American elder Nate Phillips, a member of the Omaha Nation and a Vietnam Vet, was confronted by a group of teens from Covington Catholic High School., a private, all-male high school in Park Hills, Kentucky.
During the Indigenous Peoples March on Jan. 18, 2019, in Washington D.C., Native American elder Nate Phillips, a member of the Omaha Nation and a Vietnam Vet, was confronted by a group of teens from Covington Catholic High School., a private, all-male high school in Park Hills, Kentucky. TNS

Is it ‘Christian’ in name only?

I am truly baffled by Trump supporters who call themselves “Christian.” Being a “Christian” Trump supporter is an oxymoron.

I went to a Catholic school for 12 years, and if there is one thing I was taught it is that every human being on this Earth is equal. Naive thinking? No, this is Christian thinking — at least, this is what I was taught in school, but that was a long time ago. Apparently, the students at Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky are taught a very different message today. In fact, you could say that what I understood to be a “good Christian” has been turned completely on its head.

In today’s world, our immoral, racist president is a person to emulate and support by the Christian community. How did this happen? Look at the sneering, jeering faces of the Catholic students with their “Make America Great Again’ hats confronting the elderly Native American in the video. Come on people — it’s time to speak up. If you call yourself a “Christian” then act like one.

Carole Moore, Coarsegold

Pay workers during a shutdown

To simplify matters, Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi should make it clear that the House represents the American people and it doesn’t negotiate with hostage takers, therefore there will be no ransom paid to the White House to release its’ hostages. Additionally she should bring forth legislation to ensure that in the future federal workers will continue to be paid during subsequent government shutdowns, eliminating the devastating disruption to millions of innocent workers lives. If they can be forced to work without pay, then they can be paid to stay home as well, and then shutdowns would not have such a negative effect on the economy as a whole as it does now.

Joseph Messer, Fresno

Immigrants come from all over

Hispanics are not the only immigrants coming to the United States. Immigrants from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East are holding up in Tijuana, Mexico waiting for an opportunity to cross the border into the United States because of the freedoms and opportunities they find here.

The United States will always be a magnet to immigrants from all over the world. Some are so desperate even risk their lives to get here, so no expensive wall is going to keep them out, because they will find ways to defeat its purpose. Even an army would be useless unless they use deadly force, but that would be inhuman, especially if children are among them.

The U.S. government should weed out the ones already at the border and let the good ones stay because not all of these people are criminals or looking for a handout, they are looking for work and a better life for their families. Many are skilled technicians and other professionals. Some even start their own businesses and create jobs for many Americans, which is good for the economy.

Before passing judgment keep in mind that these people legal or not, also consume work and pay sales and income taxes.

Alex Rubalcava, Fresno

Defining who is a ‘person of color’

Calling Jewel Hurtado, newly elected Kingsburg councilwoman, a person of color went too far. She is a Latina, which the last time I checked, is of the Caucasian (white) race, not at all a person of color. Your description of Councilwomen Hurtado is a huge injustice against the many “people of color” who are celebrating Black History Month in February. Your article comes just one day after celebrating MLK Day. You own an apology to the 40,000 plus black or African American residents of Fresno County.

Jim Warkentin, Clovis

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