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Saturday, July 20, 2019

I am deeply saddened to see the current horrible news about what is taking place on our southern border. Although I do not condone illegal immigration, I am outraged how our government is subjecting human beings to deplorable conditions while incarcerated. These immigrants, documented or not, are simply trying to escape violence. Separating the parents from their children and treating them as sub-human, is reprehensible.

Their plight reminds me of my own personal experience. As a single young woman fleeing the Cuban regime in 1961, I faced the reality that these people are facing now. My frightened brother and sister-in-law wanted their 4- and 6-year-old boys to escape from Castro’s hardline regime. The Castro government would separate children from their parents to indoctrinate them into communism.

My brother and sister-in-law entrusted me with their children and I brought them with me to the United States, not knowing when their parents would be able to reunite with them. Yes, parents are willing, in desperate situations, to do whatever is necessary to save their children! So, I understand these parents leaving their violent countries to save their children. By the way, the two nephews I brought with me are today medical doctors proudly serving this country.

Shame on President Trump. What a hypocrite! Does our president have no sense of humanity? Two of his wives became naturalized American citizens. Trump’s grandfather and his mother were not native born Americans. Mr. Trump is a by-product of immigrants; we should remember that no one in this wonderful country is a native, unless you are an American Indian. Let’s not forget the words of Emma Lazarus in 1883 on the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free ...”

Raquel Manning 

Greenville 

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Letters

August 19, 2019

Many fear that President Trump is “an existential threat” to our nation and our world. That fear is nothing new.

In 2017, Dr. Bandy Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine who specializes in violence prevention, felt compelled to organize a conference of mental…

August 19, 2019

Now that Greg Murphy has won the nomination to run for North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, I have some questions for him.

You promised to support President Trump’s agenda. Ok, let’s see.

Will you vote to lower pollution standards so that our air and water pollution will…

August 19, 2019

In 2008, Senate Republican leader “Moscow Mitch” McConnell delegitimized his party by deciding with his colleagues not to support a single policy initiative of Obama's, even ideas that originated on their side, like the individual mandate. Then they destroyed the rest of their…

August 18, 2019

I am writing with regard to Senate Bill 559 now pending before the state House. Public commentary has focused upon the provision that this bill will allow Duke Energy to apply for multi-year rate structures which may extend up to five years.

Under current law, energy providers such as Duke have to…

August 18, 2019

This letter is written to thank Dr. Greg Murphy for the outstanding work he has done in his relatively short tenure as a member of the state House of Representatives.

Murphy’s work has been distinguished by results and compelling by content. As the only physician in the legislature, Murphy in…

August 18, 2019

I can’t think of a statistic offered by the anti-gun lobby that is not at least misleading if not simply wrong. For example, according to CDC, the 2016 rate of firearm-related deaths in children 0-19 was 3.5 per 100,00, not 11 as a recent letter indicated. Anti-gun statistics also…

August 17, 2019

After the latest round of horrific mass murders, it is time that our local, state and national governments take real and effective steps to reduce this alarming and tragic trend. Other countries have done so effectively and there is no reason that we can not and should not.

It is not simply a…

August 17, 2019

Driving home down Elm Street is made glorious in spite of the killer heat by the hot pink crepe myrtles exploding in beauty. As I pass the Little League park, the Baptist church, Eppes Junior High and onto my beloved Forest Hill Drive (where the temperature drops 10 degrees because of the canopy of…

August 17, 2019

Before I was able to finish a letter regarding the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, another one occurred in Dayton, Ohio. I heard on the news today that more Americans have been killed in the U.S. in the past 24 hours than were killed in Afghanistan in 2017 and 2018 combined.

Mass killings have…

August 16, 2019

At President Trump’s rally for re-election in Greenville on July 17, he stepped on the toes of the “Squad.” Upon calling out Rep. Ilhan Omar, some folks at the rally started chanting “Send her back.” As I reflected on the event for which my hometown took a…

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