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Letter to the Editor 10-21-18

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Recent mailer is ‘last straw’ in legislative race

Dear Editor,

Good leaders define problems, formulate solutions and try to unify people behind them. How can that happen – even as our nation’s in crisis – considering the tone of this year’s election?

I received a “straw that broke the camel’s back” mailing that really ticked me off.  It came from Patriot Majority of New Mexico, attacking Lisa Shin in ways reflecting, from my view, little integrity and condemning her because she “supports Trump on health care.” This ensured one thing. Despite my respect for Chris Chandler, I’ll vote for Shin.
How telling that the “patriots” condemned her, rather than praise Chandler!

I come from generations of Democrats, but today’s party – led by reality-challenged extremists like Nancy Pelosi – forgets what it stood for as recently as the early 2000s, when for example, Sen. Chuck Schumer sponsored a bill making it illegal for illegal border crossers to apply for work. Then, Democrats stood for tight border enforcement and low immigration. 

Democrats cared about workers, the middle class and the environment – all harmed by the immigration tsunami (That Wall Street loves.) of recent decades.

I’m fed up with those who vilify Trump for dividing us, even as their every action – as does corporate media’s every action – does the same, only worse.

I’m fed up that the only “debate” allowed is no debate, with hot-button issued fanned to the emotional level of an extremist religion. “Good people” welcome all immigrants and illegal border crossers, no matter the consequences.

“Bad people” want immigration returned to lower norms or ask how we, or any nation, can accept tens of millions of immigrants a decade, meaning we’re one of eight nations fueling half of all the planet’s growth – another conversation denied by corporate media.

Lisa Shin, at the state level, will be a voice to encourage respect and debate.

Kathleene Parker
White Rock