It is estimated that as many as 90,000 unaccompanied minors may be crossing our borders this year. They are being sent by their parents with human smugglers. Some of the children look as young as 5. They are being dropped off at bus stations and held in detention centers. Thousands are now being held on military bases.
Most, if not all, are probably not immunized and may be carrying contagious diseases such as mumps and measles. These children will need supervision somewhere and will need to go to school if they are left here.
Why is our government allowing this massive illegal influx? The borders are already practically open to anyone who wants to cross, including criminals from Mexico and Central America, and even the Middle East.
Pay is being cut to our military for serving in areas no longer deemed dangerous, such as Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. Yet we could be paying billions to care for these children.
I love children as much as anyone, but how many people can we allow to just walk across our borders? It is not fair to people who have spent years becoming citizens legally.
Mexico’s policy on people being in their country illegally is harsh. Yes, it is a humanitarian crisis for those already here, and a crisis for an already burdened health system in America, but why allow it in the first place?
Kick the arena to the curb
After reading the June 10 story “Sales tax proposal’s two missions stir up public,” I realized, Cuyahoga Falls resident Adam Miller couldn’t have said it better; “Let me be clear about this. If the arena is attached to the safety forces, it will not pass, remember that.”
I am a season ticket holder at the University of Akron and a UA supporter in general, and I believe that if County Council members want to see the ballot issue for public safety pass in November, they had better show their sincerity by kicking the arena portion of the issue to the curb.
Putting the proposal, as is, on the ballot would be like attaching your tug boat to the Titanic. It would prove members of the County Council no better than snake oil salesmen.
David T. Culp
All veterans deserve praise
One of the recent D-Day shows quoted a columnist from back then who wrote about how cocky and immature the young troops were — about how incompetent they would be in battle. But then, how fighting in a war can change things. These same punk kids did what it took to win Word War II.
We who served in Vietnam possessed the same character flaws, until the awfulness of killing hit us. Then we were just as transformed as the young men the guy had written about decades before.
But with us, there was criticism all over the place, people calling us dope heads and baby killers, to the point where we felt embarrassed to say we had fought in Vietnam. Beyond that, World War II had a purpose that served all. Vietnam accomplished nothing and served no one.
Let’s not allow the collapse of our war in the Middle East to make our troops feel the same coldness upon their return. The point is, it’s not the character of the war our troops fight in, but the character of the people who fight in it.
So if you meet someone who was there, give them praise, not sympathy. They deserve praise just as much as the troops who have fought in any war our country has been in.
Now that the Ohio secretary of state and legislature are finished trying to secure election by restricting voting, maybe they can attack the real issue corrupting elections: campaign finance.
Degrees of intelligence
Like several other writers, I am appalled that in this modern time anyone would still equate a degree with intelligence. A college degree indicates only education.
In the current educational environment, most institutions of higher education are pricing themselves out of reach for many who would profit from it. This situation has existed for many years. I, as several others who have written, do not have a degree; however, I have read extensively and have educated myself.
Many organizations that promote by examinations give extra credit for formal education. They are selling themselves short.
I worked in that environment for 30 years, took many promotional tests and scored near the top many times. But I was passed over for others who were given extra credit for their degrees, even though my raw score was higher.
My resume would include being a journeyman machinist and machine assembler, machine shop foreman, deputy sheriff and sheriff’s sergeant.
Gerald C. Wise Sr.