Letters to the Editor
Ban makes sense
To the Editor,
In reference to Lisbet Hornung's letter to the editor (Feb. 1), I would like to point a few things out.
Critical thinking would mean the thought process of determining the good for the many in this case. When terrorists nations have in the past and currently been using the higher education system in the United States to educate their citizens to use their newly gained education and social life of the USA for terrorist activities, that is bad. Making it harder for aliens to enter the USA from identified terrorist countries is showing critical thinking in order to keep our citizens safe.
Why would you want to let individuals in that may use the knowledge from both education and social activities to do acts of terror on your citizens?
A lot of media attention has been put on the individuals and not on the safeguards that the action is trying to put into place in order to protect USA citizens.
I am sorry that it saddens you, but I guess we have two different definitions of critical thinking.
Speaking out still protected
To the Editor,
Thank you, Lisbet, for expressing your thoughts, which for now is still a protected right under our embattled Constitution.
I know many more individuals in our community who feel upset and betrayed by the barrage of President Trump's flash-bang executive orders.
I encourage those that feel the need to speak up to do so. It is not a crime, and we need to show Lisbet Hornung and our community that she is definitely not alone.
Other presidents stopped immigrants
To the Editor,
Trump is correct. What this country has come to is for some disgruntled people to complain when they don't get what they want, so they say, I'm going to throw a fit? I'm so tired of the whining! I know these complainers won't like this, but they are not so concerned about immigration but as the person they blame for who is doing it? President Trump!
If you will look back in history, you will see for several decades we have stopped immigration at different points. President Reagan, Carter, both Bushes, Clinton, and Obama. Obama stopped over 2,000,000 immigrants. Many from our neighbor Cuba. During all of these times, there was no rioting or whatever and it has become rioting here lately. But that was okay because it was the president the protesters wanted, so that makes it okay.
Point 1: I saw a short news clip of a woman being interviewed on the street during a protest against the executive action of President Trump on immigration; she stated it was not right, it was illegal, etc. When the woman was told that during Obama's presidency he had stopped immigrants. Her response was. "Oh, I love Obama!" So it's okay for Obama to do and not okay for Trump?
The law most used is section 212(F) of the immigration and nationality act of 1952. President Obama used it six times and there were stranded people at the airport. President George W. Bush used it six times; President Bill Clinton, two times, President Reagan and Carter, seven times.
Point 2: Where were all the protestors then when it's such a big thing now? The difference is, is that now it is just a group of protestors that didn't get their way and now are pouting and throwing a temper tantrum and decided, let's cause trouble and mayhem.
I see all these so called peaceful people saying we are this and that; and for a long time now nobody is wrong, we'll just sit down and talk it out. But, they didn't get their way so let's not try to work this out. Let's threaten and cause trouble.
Point 3: I hope at some point soon, they grow up!
Sample size skews graduation stats
To the Editor,
Regarding Culver High School graduation rates:
Two comments regarding the reported decline in Culver High School's graduation rates between 2014/15 and 2015/16 in Susan Matheny's Feb. 1 article, "State releases graduation rates."
1. Year-to-year statistical comparisons within small schools like CHS are nearly meaningless given their small sample sizes. Comparisons within an even smaller cohort sample (e.g. Hispanic students) without comment or qualification is even worse. Long-term statistical comparisons involving many more students would be more valid, but that's not what's being implied by this article.
2. In general, not just at Culver, consider later starting times for high school classes; lots of solid data every year on the benefits.
Madras community amazing
To the Editor,
Hello Madras. You have been on my mind lately and I need to tell you how thankful I am for you. One year ago, I was hurt in an accident that has changed many things for my family and has left longlasting marks on my life. Some are physical, most are not. Many of those nonphysical marks I have been given by you. And they are marks I will carry in my heart for a long time.
They are marks that make me feel like the words "thank you" are poor reflections of how thankful I am. In a time of deep need in our family, you showed up. You showed up big. In truth, you were an answer to prayer. Whether or not you believe in God, believe me when I say that we prayed and you were part of His answer — in big ways and small, but all equally meaningful to us.
You have paid our bills, fed us, watched our children, ran errands, chauffeured, cleaned house, mowed lawns, ran and walked for us, sat and talked and cried with us, and prayed for and with us. You may feel that the things you did were small in the grand scheme of things, but rest assured — they were not small to us!
And so, to each of you, I offer my deepest, most grateful, bottom-of-my-heart thank you! But as I said before, that seems so inadequate. So, to honor your sacrifices for us this is my pledge — that I will look for opportunities to do for others everything that you have done for us.
And I would challenge you to do more of the same. Let's do this together — let's look for the broken and hurting, the lonely and isolated, the needy in our community. Let's give, and provide, and listen, and hug, and love.
We are an incredibly diverse community with differences that may seem so obvious. But in someone's time of need, those differences become minor and irrelevant. What will be relevant are the gestures of kindness and concern. And even more, the reminder to that person or people that they have worth. That they matter. And you — you matter.
Focus on what unites, not divides
To the Editor,
While I am not a Christian, I strongly agree with the sentiments expressed by Pastor Rick Russell in a recent edition of the Madras Pioneer (Jan. 25).
The spiritual guidance given to humankind by all of the prophets of God has included the admonition to treat others as we would like ourselves to be treated. We all must understand that the golden rule applies to everyone, regardless of religious or ethnic background or other things that make us different.
The earth truly is one country and all of humankind are its citizens. We must focus on that which unites us rather than that which divides us. When humanity attains this level of maturity, individuals will cease to allow their words and actions to be influenced by those whose vision for humanity's future is limited by ignorance or prejudice. Instead, we will conduct our lives as the noble souls God created us to be. Only then will we select leaders who are truly concerned with the well-being of all.