Complications at border

Do the wall supporters realize that the $5.7 billion that President Trump wants is a “down payment” that would cover a fraction of the miles he eventually wants to be walled?

Estimates of a steel fence are $30 billion to $40 billion and this does not account for the legal bills and land appropriation costs as two-thirds of the land is privately owned. There already have been lawsuits filed, and much of the land will have to be taken by eminent domain with the owner paid “fair value.” This, of course, is subjective and invites lawsuits that can go on for years. (Most of this information came from the Cato Institute think tank.)

In Texas, the fence would have to be way back from the Rio Grande even though the border goes down the middle. This cuts Americans from recreational or commercial use of the river.

Another problem here is that steel slat fencing, while allowing water through in seasonal rains and hurricanes, soon would clog with debris, holding the water back and causing flooding on both sides of the river.

If Trump changes his mind again and wants concrete walls, they have to have large holes to allow water to pass through, again defeating the purpose. It would almost be comical if we were required to pay Mexico for flood damage instead of Mexico paying for the wall as Trump promised.

Some Trump voters thought he would do something about the national debt, but so far he has just added to it. Why didn’t he pick another campaign promise to dwell on, like better and cheaper healthcare for all?

Sally Taylor, Akron

 

Safe travel needed

I am a senior citizen suffering from metastatic cancer and a serious spinal injury. It is imperative that I be able to drive to my physicians and pharmacy to receive the medicines that are literally keeping me alive. My afflictions don’t take a holiday or a “snow day.”

The clearance of Akron’s streets after the recent storm was a fiasco. It would seem that the administration is solely focused on hassling Sage Lewis and the hapless people living on his land, creating multiplicities of bike lanes, and kowtowing to the judge overseeing the sewer projects.

Patrick A. Lofgren, Akron

 

Laboring without pay

We have sympathy for the federal government workers forced to work without pay. It’s akin to involuntary servitude, or slavery. In America, we believe a person should be paid for their labor. It wasn’t always that way.

Millions of black slaves worked a lifetime without pay. Centuries of forced labor enriched the lives of white men and their posterity. Neither former slaves nor their descendants received back pay. No 40 acres. No mule.

White society didn’t show much sympathy for them. Indeed, the very notion of reparations for slavery is dismissed by most whites. Why?

Terry Miller, Akron

 

Angley to be judged

I have never heard the Rev. Ernest Angley speak, nor have I ever been to his church. I am appalled by the stories I have read about him over the years. The Akron Beacon Journal stooped to an all-time low in printing these stories Jan. 20 and Jan. 21.

Angley is obviously a hypocrite, but he is 97 years old and possibly does not even remember his past actions. He likely will not even live to be punished; however, he will pay for his actions. Just like we will be held accountable for our sins.

Betty Cassiday, Hartville