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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 1:00 am


Prejudice shouldn't inform US immigration policies

To echo our former conservative comrades, “Enforce the laws already on the books concerning employers hiring undocumenteds!” Either require employers to hire legal workers or pay a penalty for employing illegal immigrants. Certain employers depend on cheap labor and there seem to be some jobs Americans simply don't want to do. If employers don't want to use E-Verify to document their employees, then they should be penalized, not the employee or the taxpayer.

And what about all the previous talk we have heard about the “free market”? Clearly, even low wages can be a strong incentive for those who have nothing. Either we believe in a free-market economy or we don't. We practice it or we don't. The free market and DACA have been a great success. Those children, now many of whom are adults and have lived their entire lives as Americans, have provided real value to our economy, culture and military.

If we can call this out for what it is, it's about color, pigment, race and culture. Many hardcore Donald Trump supporters are terrified that they are soon to be outnumbered by brown-skinned people because of their own ignorant fears of others unlike themselves and a mistaken prejudice that informs them that there is a “superior race.”

Of course, the United States cannot have an unregulated open border policy, and there need to be thoughtful, informed and effective immigration policies in place. But cries to “Build that wall!” have a creepy Soviet twist to them and do not address critical realities. Inbound border crossings are at historic lows at our southern borders, and this is the 21st century, not 14th century China. A great wall is not necessary. There are electronic methods as well as natural boundaries that can be effectively utilized to control the few individuals now attempting entry.

Continue on this same racist and Sovietesque path, and we can look forward to the same isolation and failure that brought communism and its adherents to their knees.

William Lewis

Lansing, Michigan

John Stevens



CHEERS to Concordia Lutheran High School art students and art teacher Trevor Campbell for coordinating the recent “Serving Bowls Chili Fundraiser.” The St. Mary's Soup Kitchen is honored to have benefited from this extraordinary endeavor. The hand-crafted ceramic bowls were beautiful, as was the powerful witness of unity perpetuated at the event. Many, many thanks for helping to feed the hungry of Fort Wayne.

Rev. Phillip A. Widmann

Pastor, St. Mary's Soup Kitchen


Ditch work creates issues in Winchester Ridge

I would like to thank the company that cleaned out Kinnerk drain on the east side of the Winchester Ridge subdivision.

But they cut down trees and tore out grasses that were holding the ditch banks together, which, it seems, did nothing but create an erosion zone, so a thank you would be a major stretch.

That says nothing about the fact that this unneeded job quite likely wiped out some red wing blackbird nesting areas. The comment that comes to mind is: “What were you thinking?”

A few years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers wanted to do something similar by stripping the grasses and trees growing in the levees along the three rivers. The “logic” was the vegetation was clogging the levees.

That is what the vegetation that grows along any body of water is supposed to do: hold the banks together and keep erosion to a minimum. At least, that was what I was taught in biology class 60 years ago.

Beyond that, an annual assessment for maintenance of the ditch is being foisted on the residents of Winchester Ridge. There really is no maintenance needed. Let the grasses and trees grow and allow nature to take care of itself.

In the past 16 years, there has been little indication the ditch was not doing what it was intended to do, directing runoff to the St. Marys River. So aside from a flimsy excuse to generate taxes, there seems to be no reason for the “cleaning.”

Should the water flowing in the ditch get deep enough to threaten homes on either side of it, there will be problems of such massive proportions that will more than fill the41/2-mile tunnel being dug under the city.


Fort Wayne