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Letters to the Editor 9-3-17

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Time for tough talk with North Korea

Dear Editor,
I agree with some of the letter about U.S. – North Korea relations. I’m sorry I can’t call them by the name they want because their not a democracy or even a republic. I wouldn’t even call them communists. It’s just a dictatorship propped up by the military for unknown reasons.
It is, however, about time for Trump’s tough words. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
As the letter pointed out negotiations and even a nuclear treaty have not worked. Talk, negotiation and appeasement even a treaty worked out well for Chamberlain and the British people, as well as Stalin and the Russian people, not! It only gave Hitler the time to build his forces. Further attempts to talk will not work with Kim, only give him the time to perfect his nuclear intercontinental missiles.
Presidents afraid to stand up to the Kim family have produced our current situation over the last 60 years.
At least Hitler was an adult (though the most horrendous and evil one of all time). Kim is a spoiled brat little child who’s never been disciplined in his life and had a country literally handed to him at age 27 and proceeded to kill thousands including family members.
He’s a child who’s neither smart nor intelligent and the Only way to deal with him is to talk to him as and treat him as the child he is, albeit a powerful child.
I hate to say it but the writings on the wall. War with North Korea is inevitable. The only question is will it be soon and thousands, maybe a million die or will it be later and 10’s of millions, maybe hundred’s of millions die. Hitler was on the front in World War I, and that didn’t slow him down to destroy much of a continent and his own country and life. Kim has never known war only killing and he did the killing. Mark my words, he will not be stopped except by war or God’s grace to kill him.
Greg White
Los Alamos

Objections to letter about immigrant proclamation

Dear Editor
In her recent column, Lisa Shin objects to “an undercurrent of obstructionism” that she detects in the county’s immigration proclamation. This concern is puzzling since America is the paramount representation of a country that adores obstructionism – it comes with freedom of speech and association. Of course, you may not like racist obstructionism or women’s suffrage obstructionism (to consider extremes that have been objected to on both sides) but you are free to so obstruct.
I have a multitude of objections to the opinions expressed, but let’s focus on “Immigration policy should prioritize those who have the most to contribute to our society.” As well as the surprise of elite opinion coming back into fashion, this is one of the most objectionable, un-American statements one can imagine; it presumes that the government has the capacity to correctly make such a determination. The liberal elites have a great deal of faith in the abilities of governments, but surely no one imagines an ability to determine the character and quality of an individual.
Of course, if wealth is the issue, then should we welcome drug lords and arms dealers and Saudi princes? No, you say, education and organizational ability is what you have in mind? But neither of these guarantees good character, gratefulness for acceptance, and commitment to American ideals.
Actually, it should be the elites who object to the educated and capable being preferred entry. If the wave of unskilled has driven down wages and job opportunities at the low end of commerce, why wouldn’t you expect this policy to drive down the wages and job opportunities for technical and other higher level workers – including doctors?
Dr. Shin may not be afraid of the black helicopters coming to return her to her country of ethnic and genetic origin, but America is more closely directed down that path than at any time since Huey Long and George Wallace. “I’m in, let’s close the door” is no way to maintain America’s fundamental character of openness and generosity.
Finally, as a Canadian-American, while I must agree with the claim that “America has been the most generous, inclusive and welcoming country in the world,” I must also note that is no longer the case. I don’t know whether it is Canada or Germany that leads right now, but America does not.
Terry Goldman
 Los Alamos