Letters to the Editor

Immigration impasse

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else ... But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language ... the English language ... And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

When President Theodore Roosevelt said the above in 1907, he was called a patriot. When President Trump says anything like it today, he is called an anti-immigrant or a racist by half the country.

America, I think, is at an impasse regarding immigration. Anger runs too deep for compromise. All that is left is to choose sides. After that, it’s “Katie, bar the door.”

Jack Malone


Quality of life

Anyone who missed the commentaries of Michael Gerson, Esther Cepeda, Dana Milbank, and Michelle Singletary in the Sunday, Nov. 12, edition of The Daily News should go online or pick up a copy and read them carefully. All tell the facts behind Trump and his associate’s tax-cut proposal which would benefit none but the wealthy along with corporate interests and others at the top while punishing the struggling poor and the middle class (such as is).

Now that corporations are legally “people,” they would enjoy advantages denied to the flesh and blood taxpayers. A firefighter would not be able to deduct his/her state and sales taxes on a tax return while a corporation would be allowed to deduct same. Teachers would be denied deducting what they pay out of pocket so their students can have basic materials required for their education.

Remember, Trump and company promised to raise our quality of life.

John M. McClelland


Elections disappointing

It is disappointing to note the deterioration of the electoral process nationally and locally as witnessed by the negative campaigning that has taken place.

Rather than expressing an articulate philippic, some have chosen a more juvenile approach by using immature, negative distortions of fact and innuendo.

Such despicable behavior suggests that the perpetrator of such documents did not learn the basic courtesies of life and social interaction that are generally taught in kindergarten.

Furthermore, such actions confirm that they did not learn the basic dictum generally taught by grandmothers: “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all!”

Blaine E. Tolby, M.D., Ph. D.


Tax bill

Rep. Herrera Beutler is sold on the GOP tax bill thanks largely to its rosy projections on economic and job growth, based largely on billionaires using their permanent tax cuts to create jobs. This is the old “trickle-down” theory, which has yet to create a single job in 40 years. Setting that aside though, the Congressional Budget Office has predicted that using the tax bill to remove the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act will result in 13 million of our fellow Americans losing their health insurance and the CBO estimates 21 million middle class households will see their taxes go up by $1,000 to $2,000. Based on all this I am ready to predict that at least one person will lose her job if this tax bill passes — Jamie Herrera Beutler.

Richard Beck