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Letters to the Editor 1/14

January 15, 2002

Letters to the Editor 1/14



Shut down Mexican border



To the editor:

On Dec. 19, Catholic leaders, political, peace and other organizations criticized America's war on terrorism. America's war is not morally justifiable according to Catholic teachings. They base their objections on the fact that innocent civilians had been harmed in the air strikes on Afghanistan.

The administration's position - you're either for us or against us - is extreme. There are too many problems in the U.S. and along its borders. Rather than wage war in other parts of the world, a greater response to battle poverty, unemployment, health issues, human rights abuse, violence and terrorism should be America's first priority.

If the administration continues to contemplate who is next in its war on terrorism - Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Iraq or the Philippines - it could cause irreparable harm to the coalition to fight terrorism. America would become the world's biggest bully.

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From all accounts, there are thousands of illegal aliens in the U.S., with more coming in every day. The greatest threat to America's safety is not overseas, but right here in America. Until our borders are secure, chaos rules.

Although security has tightened up on the Canadian border, all terrorists don't come through Canada to the U.S. Smuggling along the U.S.-Mexican border has always been big business. Just this past November, a $1 million global network that had smuggled hundreds of Iraqis and Palestinians into the United States since 1996, was uncovered and arrests made. In Matamoras, across from Brownsville, Tex., authorities in early December, arrested a smuggler sneaking Pakistanis eastern Europeans and others into the U.S.

Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo recently crossed over the border into Mexico and asked the first person he saw if he could obtain a document to get into the United States. Within minutes he was able to find such a person.

For money, anyone can get just about anything in Mexico, including a birth certificate, American driving license, Social Security card, medical degree or whatever, and drugs. All you have to do is show them American money. Mexican drug lords know where the creases are in the border. They are able to evade the latest sensory technology, border patrols, or whatever. Government officials on both sides of the border express concern about Mexico's lax security and lawless culture.

Freeing the world permanently of terror is unachievable, a delusion that could mean war and new chaos. Spreading violence to other countries will only bring extreme danger to every region and threaten American people here and elsewhere. To avoid further terrorism, the Mexican-U.S. border must be shut down. It's the lesser of two evils. The Bush administration will have to sacrifice many Hispanic votes in the year 2004, but by making this decision, President Bush will save the United States and the world from further harm and danger.

Theodore A. Schendel

Hedgesville, W.Va.




Give humanism a chance



To the editor:

In recent months I have become increasingly aware of the importance of a belief in the supernatural to much of the local community. This belief in God, the Bible and Christianity pilots lives through the promise of Heaven and the threat of Hell.

Existence on earth is merely a time to prove worthiness in obtaining a comfortable coveted place in an afterlife. This segment of society credits their religion for their moral behavior. In that these worshippers depend upon their faith to maintain an upright honest life, they should be permitted to do so for the well-being of society. However, they should not demand that all society follow their personal beliefs.

In these same recent months I have also come to know of another part of our community that does not relate ethical behavior to divine guidance. This group, known as Humanists, recognize that people have the faculty to take responsibility for their own behavior and moral philosophy as opposed to taking orders from a deity. Humanism means a variety of things to those involved in this movement. Humanism is much more than being an ethical atheist.

Noted philosopher Don Evans will speak on "What is Humanism" at the Frederick Secular Humanists meeting on January 20, 12:45 p.m., at the Friends Meeting House, 723 North Market St, Frederick. Information is available by phoning 301-834-9247. I urge all theists and non-theists to attend to learn what this little-understood philosophy of Humanism actually means.

K.C, Keto

Knoxvile

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