EDITOR: The United States did not come into existence by accident or as a result of luck. Sonoma State lecturer Joshua Glasgow ("Some topics too close to home for SSU ethics center," Thursday) begins his immigration theory with a fatal flaw — applying philosophy's so-called "luck argument." It's not a valid philosophy.
People died and suffered to secure freedom and obtain the God-given rights that are the foundations of our nation.
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were composed by writers who knew the brutal shortcomings of kingdoms and monarchies, such as the ones from which they fled in Europe.
More important, they understood the necessity of limited government and the maintenance of maximum independence for each of the citizens.
Business and commerce in the United States was formed knowing the value of a capitalist system, with incentives and rewards for work and success, plus a maximum of opportunity.
No one deserves to immigrate to the U.S. without a profound devotion to the founding principles of this noble nation. Luck and chance have nothing to do with it.
A nation of legal immigrants, our population includes citizens who want not only the rewards of these founding benefits but also are committed to continuing the historic national principles and to perpetuation of the Judo-Christian religion, a cornerstone of American identity, morality and standards.
THE REV. DAVID B. WHITE