EDITOR: The arguments for and against stricter immigration enforcement, the wall especially, seem to focus on illegal immigrants and crime. Back and forth: “They’re dangerous!” “They are not!” “They are too!” Excuse the pun, but it’s driving me up the wall.
Rarely do I hear the argument, or simply the observation, that people come here from Latin America, and elsewhere, for the jobs — jobs that need filling. Agriculture, hotel and restaurant, domestics, etc., all would collapse without the immigrant workforce. Everybody — Republicans, Democrats, independents, children, elders, the sick, the heathy, the wealthy and the middle and lower classes — benefit from the immigrant workforce’s contributions. It is hypocritical to condemn immigrant workers, illegal or otherwise, while enjoying the fruits of their labors.
Has any journalist ever thought to investigate Mar-a-Lago, and all the other Donald Trump properties, to find out how many illegal immigrants he has working there? That would be interesting reading.
A sustainable planet
EDITOR: The recent wildfires, hurricanes and increased temperatures make it obvious that global warming is a threat to our planet. Unfortunately, President Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge the problem and instead proposes increased coal production and the possibility of opening more areas of our pristine California coast to oil exploration. A pathetic response in my opinion.
We must join our state lawmakers in promoting alternative forms of energy and increased vehicle mileage standards. I am committed to leaving my granddaughter and future generations a sustainable planet.
Madness of war
EDITOR: I heartily agree with Rama Kumar (“Glorifying war,” Letters, Wednesday). We do glorify war, and in order to not look like actually supporting war, we glorify warriors. Now I don’t in any way want you to think that I have anything but admiration for young people who sign up to serve in the military, for whatever reason, be it patriotism, need of a job, the promise of an education, the limited benefits downstream.
What I decry is the ongoing glorification of the actual act of war and the threat, real or imagined, of war. I was born and raised in World War II London, being bombed regularly and living with the aftermath. I was flying in and out of Vietnam during that war. I see photos of the current horrific acts of war, and I have to ask myself, “why?”
We, the people allow despots (Hitler, Assad, etc) to overcome the human needs we all have, like food, shelter, clean water, security for our families, etc. For what? We live under the constant barrage of fear-mongering by our leaders, both here and abroad.
How do we, the people, stop this madness?
EDITOR: Don’t worry, Petaluma. The ridiculous bathtubs on stilts art project will never get built (“Debate rages over Petaluma art project,” Aug. 21). Why? Because the tubs wouldn’t be handicap accessible.
Socialism and capitalism
EDITOR: Peter Schwartz (“Socialism’s failures,” Letters, Monday) claims that Nordic countries afford vast social programs by avoiding defense costs. I believe Nordic countries are prosperous because they prevent their wealth from flowing to a privileged few.