Trump has a winning hand when it comes to the wall.

We, the forgotten people

You will have to excuse my amusement and disbelief when I hear of Congress and the president fighting on OUR behalf to start the government again. Are you kidding me?

What is their incentive? Our good? Get real! These are people who don’t believe in compromise, have no term limits (Congress) and if they serve one term they get 20 years of retirement. And, worst of all, these things who represent us are still getting PAID! Yes, they are getting paid their salaries and their bills are paid for.

So, what is their incentive to help us? Nothing. They come out with “Oh, we’re trying and the people are really for us,” but who is for the people?

Sue Havel, Ocala

 

Trump’s winning hand

Right or wrong, President Trump has a winning hand regarding the wall, and Democrats are doing everything possible to ensure he will have a lucrative, extended political winning streak.

Democrats assert that a wall would be an inefficient remedy for immigration/smuggling problems on our border with Mexico. They may be, probably are, entirely correct. The right mix of sensors and additional border guards, along with some fencing, might be much more cost-effective than a “dumb” wall, which would be vulnerable to anyone with a ladder.

But as we have not yet come up with that right mix, why should it be expected anytime soon? And, dumb walls can be smartened up with cameras, guard towers and other sensors. Anyone who thinks walls cannot be effective barriers has forgotten Cold War Berlin and never seen the almost hermetically-effective, 700-mile mix of fencing and walls between Israel and the West Bank.

Democrats also bristle at Mr. Trump’s references to criminal activities by illegal immigrants, asserting that illegal immigrants are less likely to commit crimes, particularly violent crimes, than the overall population. That may be entirely correct but misses the point that any criminal activity by individuals here illegally increases risks to U.S. citizens.

It seems certain that, one way or another, Mr. Trump will get funding at least to begin the wall and that Democrats will continue disparaging it sufficiently to ensure it is the Trump Wall. Even with the most generous funding, the project will take years. From Mr. Trump’s standpoint, that is grand. Illegal immigrants/smugglers will tend to avoid active construction areas and, almost regardless of the type of wall, gravitate toward areas which are still barrier-free.

The walled areas will become islands of comparative success along an otherwise leaky border — all that is needed for Mr. Trump to win politically.

Richard P. Beilock, McIntosh

 

Trump’s wonderful speech

When an American president addresses the country from the Oval Office, it’s front page news. At least we agree on that much.

President Trump spoke for about ten minutes. He told Americans about the thousands who are illegally entering the United States, and the quantities of drugs that also flow across our southern border. He said this costs American citizens billions of dollars each year in depressed wages for American workers and deaths from drug overdoses. He touched upon the crimes committed by some of these illegal immigrants, describing the heartbreak of those who have lost sons, daughters and husbands to people who should never have been here in the first place. But he also expressed compassion for the women and children caught up in this vast, illegal operation and victimized by their own people as they struggle to cross the border between Mexico and America. He mentioned that those who decry the immorality of a wall have walls around their own homes, not because they hate the people outside the walls but because they love the people within them.

But unless your readers watched the live broadcast, they didn’t get much of this. All they got was a paraphrased, truncated account cobbled together by three Associated Press journalists.

Transcripts of the president’s address were surely available. And you must be aware of the fact that your readers can … well, read. That being so, why not print his words as spoken and let readers draw their own conclusions?

Gail Graham, On Top of The World