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Wednesday’s Letters to the Editor

Kids fleeing north

EDITOR: Thank you for printing David Horsey’s cartoon on Friday’s editorial page reminding us of the words on the Statue of Liberty — “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” — which adorns the historic entry to our nation.

Thanks also for the photo on Page A13 Friday of the man cradling his little boy before sending him off alone on a bus to the land of the free. Who can really imagine the agony of a parent sending a beloved small child on such a treacherous trip? It reminds me of the German Jews who put their small children on trains — the Kindertransport — to escape the Nazis, most never to see them again.

These parents are making the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of their children from uncontrolled violence in their countries. What is wrong with us that we don’t welcome them with open arms? How heartless are the people we elected who want to send them back?

The people who should be sent back are those who vote to refuse safe haven to these children.

PAULA SHATKIN

Occidental

Society’s ‘tilt’

EDITOR: I found Donna Brasset-Shearer’s Close To Home column (“Andy Lopez and behavior of the law,” Friday) to be well researched and well written in respect to the conclusion drawn by District Attorney Jill Ravitch in the Andy Lopez tragedy. Brassert-Shearer stated: “It is not always easy for civic authorities to grasp their own tilts,” referring to legal conclusions of guilt or innocence by civic authorities that may reflect, as she said, “cultural sentiments and values than of broader considerations.”

At 80, I have for a long time been aware that much of society, whether in a position of authority or not, seems to favor those in the “dominant” class, which holds the most economic and/or social power.


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