Letters to the Editor

Mims and Trump: Letters to the editor, April 13, 2019

President Donald Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen greet members of Border Patrol and inspect newly upgraded border fencing in Calexico, Calif., on Friday, April 5, 2019. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is second from the left. Trump is talking with Sheriff Mike Boudreaux of Tulare County.
President Donald Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen greet members of Border Patrol and inspect newly upgraded border fencing in Calexico, Calif., on Friday, April 5, 2019. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is second from the left. Trump is talking with Sheriff Mike Boudreaux of Tulare County. NYT file

Mims should resign like Nielsen

Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims shamelessly stood next to Trump and his HHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen when he called humans seeking legal asylum “animals” at the California border. Even though his wife’s parents had used that law to get her family into the U.S., Neilsen was forced to resign two days later. Mims should resign, too.

The autopsies of both children killed at the border have come back and shown that mishandling by HHS contributed to their deaths. These — and the families protected under international treaties — are not animals, should not be treated like animals, and should not die as caged animals.

Mims has acquiesced in Trump’s illegal and cruel treatment in real human beings. She has to resign, or face that voters that will not forget she sided with not only the wrong side of the building of the wall, but the wrong side of the law.

Patricia Brown, Fresno

Time to fold the race card

I often wonder, with all this racist accusations going on with the Democrats, every time they run for some kind of office accusing the Republicans of being racist, have they forgotten that the Obama administration used the race card in order to divide this country.

And since then, it still is about race. If the American voters stop and really think for a moment, just think, we have famous black movie stars, football stars, a black president, black special senators and government reps, so someone please tell me where is the race problem.

Come on people, let’s leave the race card game behind and really concentrate on the more important issues at hand.

Jess B. Hernandez, Fresno

Not as God intended it to be

Imagine a caveman trading an arrowhead for bunch of grapes. If both sides were satisfied, the trade had future potential. Free trade relies on a proactive, productive, planned trust for continued activity.

Take one occupation, farming. Perhaps the rigid, simplistic rules of farming produce authoritarian children who know that failure constricts creative behavior, which includes failure as a matter of course. Thus, the conservative, procedural, by-the-books rural personality does not understand how the Silicon Valley workers need to continue to create, and that the creative person accepts regular failure as part of the creative job.

However, I do not trust the logical conclusion of the political conservative’s behavior, an authoritarian behavior relying on punishing people, including strange leaders festering the social perversion of Boss-Daddy, setting up employees for failure so to blame, punish, and maybe, fire them. Do free people need a “Daddy” to manipulate them into failing so he can feel superior blaming them for failing? Victims of irrational punishment fear failure. One result is that their resentful anger psychologically transfers to scapegoating a minority, an anger easily exploited by the authoritarian leader.

A conservative’s psychological roadblocks encourage counter-productive thinking including, “Well, that’s the way God wants it.”

John Mizenko, Fresno

Friendly smile now off-limits

It’s getting to a point that a man won’t even be able to smile at a woman without being accused of sexual misconduct. Many people express their friendly and goodwill to family and friends, and co-workers with hugs and kisses on a cheek or forehead without sexual intent.

Former vice president Joe Biden strikes me as a man of integrity with a friendly and goodwill attitude and not capable of sexually assaulting anybody. Perhaps there could be a scheme to smear his character and undermine his campaign even before he even enters the race for president, because he or Sen. Bernie Sanders could be the only two top Democrat contenders that can unseat President Trump.

Alex Rubalcava, Fresno

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