Congress should decide
EDITOR: DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, was created by a Barack Obama executive order. Such a move with respect to immigration was, and remains, without legal support. The issue is now where it should have been in the first place: before Congress.
Let protesters and activists lobby their representatives to give DACA the proper, enforceable legal basis it should have and that will hopefully include each of the following: amnesty (yes, “amnesty,” because even the innocents brought here as children were, and are, here illegally) for those (a) without a criminal record; (b) in good standing at any legitimate educational institution; or (c) have a history of employment.
Such, in my view, are the kinds of people I would be glad to welcome as fellow citizens.
EDITOR: Gordon Koop’s letter regarding the Florida hurricane of 1935 was somewhat misleading (“Hurricane history,” Monday). Florida, by virtue of its location in the Atlantic Ocean, has always been prone to hurricane activity. Comparing climate science to fanaticism is absurd.
Science by definition is the antithesis of fanaticism. However, I did some quick research and found some interesting statistics about Florida hurricanes. From 1900 to 1974, Florida saw 193 hurricanes, or 2.6 per year. From 1975 to 1999, it had 83 hurricanes or 3.3 per year. From 2000 to 2016, it had 79, or 4.9 per year.
Probably had to do with man’s effect on our planet. You think?
Pay attention and verify
EDITOR: Page B1 in Friday’s paper contained two articles that are must-reads for anyone who cares about America’s politics. “How ‘dark money’ fueled climate-pact exit” explained how corporations and the wealthy, through a flaw in the federal tax code, are able to contribute millions of dollars anonymously to groups that have huge influence over our political decisions. The example the article used was climate change denial, but I am sure there are groups out there that represent every ideology.
An article headlined “Russia used fake US citizens to sway vote” explained how fake citizens used Facebook and Twitter to lead people to false stories and straight-up lies.
I suspect Ron Sondergaard may have gotten the idea for his letter (“War-friendly Obama,” Saturday) from an anti-American bot. After all, it was George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who started two unwinnable wars. That they didn’t conclude during the eight years that Barack Obama was president just proves they never should have been started.
In both cases, it is the gullibility of the American people, many of whom just want their preconceived notions verified, that makes the influence effective. Wake up. Pay attention. And, above all, verify.
EDITOR: A state that permits white people to own black people is condoning a shameful outrage. And people who direct the killing of their countrymen to defend this practice are defending evil. Why did we ever allow monuments honoring Confederate officers?
Climate and weather
EDITOR: Let’s try this one more time with a simple and clear explanation so people don’t continue to write in with uneducated comments about climate change.