EDITOR: Kudos to the lions that took care of business last week in South Africa (“Lions eat men suspected of poaching rhinos,” July 7). If you are going to try and take something that is not yours, you deserve every bad thing that can happen to you.
Well done, big kitties.
An ironic complaint
EDITOR: How ironic that Larry Lappin complained about third-generation Mexican-Americans playing Spanish language music on the Fourth of July (“Spanish music ignites conflict,” July 7). California has been a state for about 170 years. Prior to that, it was part of Mexico.
So it’s not so much that Mexicans “invaded,” as that they never left. It was in fact the U.S. government that invaded.
Personally, I’ve lived for 30 years in an area that is about half Mexican. In all that time, I have never felt afraid of my neighbors. On the contrary, I know them to be ambitious, hardworking and very family oriented.
Without their willingness to take on the hard jobs in the wine and hospitality industries, many thousands of us wouldn’t be employed. It makes me sad that people continue to believe the stereotypes when even a little exposure to a different culture would prove them wrong.
Profits before children
EDITOR: American businesses operating in poor countries have trumped the lives of infants and children again. Faced with the possible passage of a resolution by the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly, which stated that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the misleading and inaccurate marketing of breast milk substitutes, the administration in Washington threatened Ecuador with retaliation and threatened to cut contributions to the World Health Organization (“US fought against UN health measure,” Monday). Fearful, poor countries in Africa and Latin America, including Uruguay and Mexico, backed off from endorsing the resolution.
For women in poor countries, the decision to substitute formula for breastfeeding isn’t the lifestyle choice that it is in this country. We have clean water (so far) to reconstitute formula powder, and most have enough money to purchase formula. In a poor country, there is neither clean water nor the money to purchase an over-priced, unnecessary product just because advertisements have convinced a mother that formula is somehow better. A child’s life may depend on breastfeeding.
We can clearly see what the administration’s highest priority is: American businesses, over the lives of children.
EDITOR: One of the big surprises with the pick of Brett Kavanaugh was the Bush family’s public embrace of him. They don’t like President Donald Trump but were excited that he chose a George W. Bush administration lawyer and someone who helped him get elected, due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling after the disputed Florida vote. Also, Bush nominated Kavanaugh to his current position on the federal court.
Another surprise will be learning what Kavanaugh means when he says he respects Supreme Court precedent. Hopefully, one senator on the Judiciary Committee will ask about this statement. That would mean upholding a 45-year-old decision, on a 7-2 vote, to legalize abortion in the United States