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Letters to the Editor

June 01, 2010

We're too good a people to be bigoted



To the editor:

In reply to the April 12 letter to the editor in The Herald-Mail from Raymond Young: The signs you read and cited in your letter are thinly veiled bigotry and racism. The people touting themselves as "real Americans" are protesting against further immigration of foreigners into this country. They might be xenophobic; they might actually think along the lines of, for instance, "if you were not born here or not actually white in color of skin you should not be here."

Those signs got Young thinking, and that is a good thing. To hide one's bigotry and racism behind a veil of patriotism is a very bad thing.

People need to read the true history of this country. If we are not descendent of Native Americans, we all have roots in immigration. This is merely a case of "I got mine, and I don't want you to get yours." Perhaps this attitude is ignorance.

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From what I have read of our history I believe bigotry and racism are the result of ignorance. The bottom line is that having a xenophobic attitude in the world today is a downright shame.

John Mowen
Hagerstown




Calderon doesn't deserve our good will



To the editor:

It was shameful to watch Mexican President Felipe Calderon speak to Congress and criticizing the immigration law passed in Arizona. Calderon is hypocritical in criticizing Arizona, when Mexico enforces its immigration law by fining the illegal immigrants and immediately deporting them.

It was even more shameful for Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats to give Calderon a standing ovation. They need to apologize to the American people for this shameful act.

President Obama and his administration have constantly given inaccurate information about the Arizona law and most, including Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano, admitted they have not read the law.

A recent poll showed that 84 percent of Americans support this law. In my opinion, anyone who thinks Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress are doing a good job is either living in "la-la land" or is a committed socialist.

Jack G. Dunn
Greencastle, Pa.




Zoo elephants need our help



To the editor:

Elephants are the world's largest land mammal; yet, they often find themselves living in tiny enclosures, not unlike human prisons, in our nation's zoos. It's time to free these incarcerated animals.They did no wrong and should not be punished simply because they are not of our species.Support In Defense of Animals' second annual International Day of Action for Elephants is June 19.

In the wild, elephants typically range tens of miles a day, live in large and closely-knit family groups, and communicate with one another over great distances. None of which can occur in a zoo.Zoo elephants often develop actions such as repetitive swaying and head bobbing due to the stress of living abnormal lives. These elephants need your help. Visit http://www.helpelephants.com/idaez.html for ideas on how you can advocate for elephants who are living impoverished lives in cruel confinement. Join together with family and friends to take action for zoo elephants.

Ginnie R. Maurer
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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