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.
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.
Thus, I would agree that the outcome of this case would be thought of as inevitable, regardless of whether it is legally justifiable.
I don’t feel anger, only sadness that society, myself included, still “tilts” in favor of those with the most economic, political or societal powers. May each of us separately, and together when possible, reach for true equality for all with peaceful and lawful ways.
EDITOR: Thanks for publishing Lynn Woolsey’s interesting Close to Home column about the campaign to protect the North Coast from oil drilling (“Permanent coastal protection: We’re almost there,” Sunday). Nobody wants to destroy the fisheries, but we do in the meantime need rather a lot of oil from somewhere, and 30 percent of today’s world production is offshore. Are our elected politicians willing to walk, ride bicycles or fly solar-powered planes on their regular commutes to Washington or even Sacramento or Santa Rosa? No.
Logically, oil wells, factories and power plants should be located near their customers. But the parts of our coast that get the most “protection” just happen to be the parts where all the voters live (i.e., near San Francisco and Los Angeles). Woolsey’s voters will no doubt continue their historically high energy consumption but also continue to righteously insist that the power plants, factories, mining and drilling operations they depend on are located far away from them (preferably in another country).