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Separating families

EDITOR: After reading Nicholas Kristof’s Friday column (“Immigration policy veers from abhorrent to evil”), I am asking myself again why the public isn’t making a huge stink about the illegal and unconscionable separation of children from their parents at the border, while the parents (who may be eligible for asylum) are being detained and haven’t been adjudicated.

Since the administration clearly disregards the adults involved, are they now prepared to ignore the trauma and emotional damage done to those children? Do they really believe that the children will survive unscarred by what Chief of Staff John Kelly calls a “tough deterrent. … The children will be taken care of put into foster care or whatever”?

The answer, of course, is yes to both questions.

Evil people don’t question the results of their actions, so we must. I called my legislators. (Staff does answer the phone.) The American Civil Liberties Union is moving on this. Where is the public?

SALLY WATSON

Santa Rosa

Ireland’s abortion vote

EDITOR: Aflame with lust and drunk with lies, the Irish have voted to strip the unborn of their God-given right to life (“Irish end abortion ban in landslide,” May 27). But in truth, no mere man can strip them of that right, for God is the one who gives it. Thus, what Ireland has really done is set itself on a collision course with their creator and defender.

But don’t look for fire raining down from heaven onto Irish soil. No, look for what you see here: wounded women, dead women, tormented consciences, broken relationships, sexual license, legal and political strife, the devaluation of motherhood, underpopulation, increased euthanasia and a seismic surge in violence. For in the wisdom of God, a society that allows violence against the unborn will see the same violence fall on its own head.

The siren song that has lured Ireland to its death is “freedom.”

But here is the irony: Ireland was never so free as when it enslaved itself to the sanctity of human life. Let us pray that after it has endured a decade or two of real slavery, it will one day turn back to freedom yet again.

DEAN DAVIS

Santa Rosa

A donor state

EDITOR: A recent letter bemoaned the erosion of California’s economy at the hands of the Democrats (“Vote for Republicans,” May 27). California currently claims the fifth-largest economy in the world and is a “donor” state.

Blue, coastal states pay far more to the federal government than they receive in benefits. Blue states also subsidize the much poorer red, Southern states that rely heavily upon federal assistance. (Eight of the 10 states most dependent on federal programs are red and Southern.)

On one hand, many residing in these states rage against big government intrusion — while the other hand takes money from the same. I’m all for helping fellow Americans, but I suggest these people stop biting the hands that feed them.

P.S. ADAMS

Santa Rosa

California’s ills

EDITOR: The plethora of political ads blaming most of the state’s problems on President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association ring hollow and completely insult one’s intelligence. The real bugaboo here is mindless, raging liberalism masked as progressiveness.

Social matters, e.g. homelessness, illegal immigration, neglected infrastructure (roads, highways, waterways), inferior law enforcement due to badly understaffed police departments, while conversely the judicial process soft pedals or, in some cases, (witness the killing of Kate Steinle) forgoes punishment, sully the formerly Golden State.

No, despite the many failings of the aforementioned perceived bad guys, the people of the state bear the burden for what ills California. Ergo, elect those with a more conservative mindset.

DENNIS TOBIN

Santa Rosa

What is pro-life?

EDITOR: This is in response to Marc A. Thiessen’s May 24 column (“The most fearlessly pro-life president in history”). I wish anti-abortionist advocates would stop falsely claiming to be pro-life.

If one is pro-life, it stands to reason one would be against the death penalty and war. In favor of strict gun control. In favor of Head Start and all similar children’s programs. In favor of sex education, Planned Parenthood and like organizations. Supportive of any person’s right to have autonomy over his or her own body.

Pro-life would embrace free public education, including higher education and health care as a right not a privilege. If one is pro-life, it stands to reason that one is against environmental exploitation, including exploitation of the planet’s flora and fauna (humans included).

So let’s be honest. You are not really pro-life. You are just anti-choice, anti-abortion conservatives who don’t care about life — only preserving a man’s seed even if it kills its female host.

JACK SILVER

Sebastopol

Manufacture here

EDITOR: While Miles Pepper has become an overnight success by inventing an answer to plastic straws with his stainless steel creation, there was a minor glitch in the story of positives: it also reports that he was off to procure manufacturing facilities in, get this, China (“In pollution fight, he’s Miles ahead,” May 29).

Well, this story made me feel good until I read that. I guess we still don’t want to bring manufacturing back to this country when our main problem is profits over people. I am happy for Pepper and the planet, but can we go an extra step here to make this country great again, as someone we know likes to say?

NICK XENELIS

Santa Rosa

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