Leon Barber: Making the cut

July 2, 2013 

Making the cut

So, Marc Landry believes that only the “clever and enterprising, your educated masses yearning to create and thrive” should be admitted to this country (June 25 column).

Well, my grandfather came to this country from Greece just after the turn of the century when he was 14 years old with no education and no guarantees. During the 60+ years he lived in Raleigh, he owned and operated restaurants. He had nine children, six sons – all of whom served in the military – four who fought either in Europe or the Pacific. Among his grandchildren are a doctor, a lawyer, a minister and several teachers.

Seems to me he was clever and enterprising, and he certainly created and thrived. But according to Landry’s criteria, he would have been turned away.

I’ll take the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” any day.

Leon Barber


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