Our View: Celebrate the Fourth by having a heart

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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 9:00 pm

The Fourth of July, that celebration of freedom and liberty, is upon us once more in the United States — and boy, this year is a complicated birthday in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

After all, the United States of America is changing. Once, we were proud of lines from a sonnet and placed the words of poet Emma Lazarus on one of our country’s beloved symbols, The Statue of Liberty:

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  • Colleen Harper posted at 8:24 pm on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    MsColleen Posts: 21

    I wish the same people reminding us of the extreme poverty here at home were as willing to DO something about that poverty. Unfortunately, my experience is that said people talk a good talk, but refuse to walk the walk.

    Using the excuse that we already have poverty here in no way means that we can not help the refugee fleeing for the very life of the child being brought out of a country that suffers nearly 1,000 murders for every 100,000 people. And of those murders, the vast majority are children, to punish parents who try to prevent the children from joining the terrorist gangs. These children are being brought here to avoid being murdered. Have we thrown away that "right to life" motto now that the child is born?

  • Annette Barletta posted at 11:38 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    Annette Posts: 2

    I agree, let's show compassion. I understand we have to monitor the situation, but we are a nation of immigrants after all.

  • Dr. Michael Johnson posted at 11:22 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    Mike Johnson PhD Posts: 22

    Happy 4th to you as well. It is good to follow your heart, but you must take your brain with you. Sympathy and charity are necessary but not sufficient attributes in today's world. And another old saying, attributed to Samuel Johnson, comes to mind: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions. Allowing millions to come here against our laws and all reason, and we are already seeing the ends of that road.

  • bedfordg posted at 11:08 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    bedfordg Posts: 2

    Okay, I get the part about being a nation of laws. But, come on, have a heart! Can you imagine what level of desperation you would have to be at to flee from everything you have ever known? To go to a strange place? To leave with only what you can carry? Would you be filled with hope? Or fear? Are you a child fleeing for your life? Or a parent fleeing for your child's life? Put yourself in someone elses shoes. Walk a mile. Have a heart. Happy 4th of July!

  • Dr. Michael Johnson posted at 10:52 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    Mike Johnson PhD Posts: 22

    An old sentimental poem by a kind hearted lady in a totally different place and time in world history has no bearing on today. This is not government policy nor is it in our Constitution. We are a nation of laws, something we should be celebrating today. Those laws and that Constitution have served us well, even though there have always been those who wish to ignore and violate the laws based on their own personal feelings, that is what is being proposed in this editorial. We should be enforcing our immigration laws and protecting our country from invasions. It is bad enough that our ICE officials believe this: :“A large majority of these people were going somewhere. When they left Honduras, for example, they had a destination,” Jennings said. “We are going to take these people and get them there. We are going to get them to a Greyhound station and get them where they need to go.”", as stated in a town hall. They are not protecting our borders, as they should be. These people are just the tip of the iceberg of the billions who have identical problems who might seek to come here. Can we take them all? What about our own citizens and the extreme poverty, unemployment, and homelessness we have in our own state and country? Another old saying comes to mind, charity begins at home.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 7:42 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 869

    You have your holidays all mixed up. The 4th of July is a symbol of standing up to the tyrants who are oppressing you.

    The 4th of July message is simple, stand up to the tyrants, take your country back, a good answer to those from Central America.

    The message on the Statue of Liberty is also simple, we welcome the huddled masses, after they go through the legal process of immigration.


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