Readers Complain About DACA, Criticize Christians, Worry About anti-Semitism, Like ‘Roseanne'

Immigration nonsenseRe: "Trump Easter vow: No deal on DACA — He blames Dems, Mexico for 'dangerous' influx; threatens NAFTA exit," Monday news story.We really don't know how many undocumented immigrants we have in the United States and some don't want the census to find out that number. Taxpayers pay to educate the undocumented in our public school systems and our federal government gives money to undocumented individuals to attend college. Some states even provide preferential treatment at state universities for students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. After our system does all this to educate the undocumented, has it occurred to anyone that it is illegal for any employer to hire them? Does any of this make sense?Nelson Braddy, University ParkChristians, say 'no' to Trump's agendaI wonder how many Christians were in church Sunday embracing their version of Jesus' love when the president they worked so hard to elect pulled the plug on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This is just another example of President Donald Trump's brand of evangelical Christianity — his perverted gospel of "love thy neighbor" and "what you do for the least of these, you do for me."How can these so-called believers continue to defend and support this hatred? How can their leaders encourage Trump's continuous tearing down of Jesus' words of love and inclusion? It's no wonder many people are fleeing the church; who would want to be a part of this? I am disgusted and appalled by every American who claims to be a Christian but continues to defend these very unChristian actions. It's time to take a stand and say "no" to Trump's hateful agenda.Pamela Voorn, FriscoImmigrants seek jobs and peaceYet another blatant and idle statement from our president, who has made a career of "denouncing liberal laws" with no plan to replace them or with no effort to make lives better for many Americans who need help. As I've heard so many times, over the last year and half, Trump is a deal maker, a salesman, a good businessman. Because of those qualities, and probably more than any others, he was elected because he sold many Americans a bill of goods that provided overly simplistic solutions to very complex problems. In this case, we would not have an undocumented immigrant problem if living conditions in our country were not better than it is in their own country. People can get jobs here and live in relative peace. Why do we blame them for wanting that? If we really want to be serious about stopping illegal immigration, we should target the businesses and people in this country who provide jobs that make it desirable for them to live here.LeRoy White, DentonAnti-Semitism on the rise in EuropeThe Pew Research Center, a reputable think tank providing information on social issues, public opinion and demographic trends, released the results of a study on anti-Semitism in Europe. According to survey results, many countries in Central and Eastern Europe exhibit a trend of growing anti-Semitism. Armenia, a small country of some 3 million, tops the list. The center's data indicates that as much as 32 percent of Armenians do not accept Jews as equal citizens of their country. That makes every third adult in Armenia an anti-Semite. This staggering number reaffirms findings of earlier research on anti-Semitism and reports on glorification of Nazis in Armenia and is indicative of lack of tolerance to other minorities.Durdana Balakishiyeva, Plano'Rosanne' could defuse intoleranceJust as Norman Lear's sitcom All in the Family in the 1970s provided a bitterly polarized nation a way to laugh at and cope with its cultural divide, I hope the return of Roseanne will produce the same effect. My recollection is that, when watching All in the Family, viewers could and did laugh at the characters most closely representing their own political beliefs. As someone who studies communication, I believe that rhetoric (in this case a television show) can be more than an instrument to try to get people to change their minds. A powerful and often neglected function of rhetoric is its therapeutic effect — its capacity through laughter to adjust people to ideas and ideas to people. That is why I hope the revival of Roseanne will accomplish the same thing. After all, if we can laugh and poke fun at our fundamental political differences, perhaps that will defuse some of the unhealthy tensions and intolerance resulting from these differences.Richard Cherwitz, AustinA powerful and focused agendaI attended the March for Our Lives event in Dallas on March 24. I am in awe of the young organizers and marchers. They are energized, motivated, intelligent and articulate. As a 67-year-old, I participated in protests in the 1960s and '70s. Overall our generation blew it, wasted our opportunity and failed to use our movement to make real change. We probably had some impact on ending the Vietnam War but made little lasting difference in race relations, and the Equal Rights Amendment is still not ratified. In the end, most of us succumbed to the lure of money in corporate jobs and the daily needs of raising families. I think the difference between us hippies of the past and these children leaders of today is that we had a wish list — they have an agenda. A powerful, focused agenda. Our elected officials had better wake up and listen to these young people and stop listening to the gun lobby. The National Rifle Association only has 5 million members — less than 2 percent of the population. Four million young Americans will turn 18 this year alone and will become voters. They have an agenda and I am sure that they will vote. I will be voting with them. David Voss, DallasTo our youth: why the mass killings?I have a question to our recent generations from our older generations (Depression, World War II, Korean War). What is it in your generations that has turned so many of you into mass killers? Don't blame guns since we had and used guns in our generations (the country was flooded with GI's returning with captured enemy guns after World War II) but didn't make mass killing a pastime. Your brains are responsible for pulling the triggers on any and all guns, not the National Rifle Association. So, what is it in your generations that makes you wish to kill so unthinkingly?Don McElfresh, Dallas/Lake HighlandsThe extremes matter littleThe extremes in our culture make for great images and video: angry, often profane. The more bleeps, the better for CNN and Fox News. These extremes represent only 3 to 5 percent of our population. But The Dallas Morning News and other media give them far more 'voice' than they deserve. Imagine a teeter totter trying to balance somewhere other than the middle? The media need to constantly quantify these extremes to remind us how little they matter.Eric Foster, Gun Barrel City  Continue reading...

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