Regarding “Trump asks why US should accept immigrants from ‘s---hole countries,’ sources say” (Jan. 11): As the child of immigrants from Germany and Scotland, President Trump should be ashamed of himself. I am ashamed and embarrassed for our country in the global scene. The Republican Party and elected officials must find courage to stand up for American principles.
Trump’s mother and my father were the so-called “Filthy Scots” and “Dirty Polacks” who came from s---hole countries, scrubbing floors or working in factories to make a new life. My father, a Polish Catholic, was imprisoned in the Sachsenhausen and Mauthausen concentration camps for speaking against Hitler’s policies, laws and horrors. He survived and came to America to build a life.
We must remember the words of Martin Niemöller, a German Lutheran pastor imprisoned in the camps. He survived, fighting for peace and justice the remainder of his life:
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“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Luci Kuster Plack
“A pipeline to new industry” (Jan. 13) paints a rosy picture of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. But it is important to look at the other side of this project, which includes real downsides. Duke Energy North Carolina President David Fountain claims that the pipeline will increase competitiveness, stimulate investments and meet a growing demand for natural gas. Contrast that optimistic view with these facts from researchers:
Energy demand in our region has been flat and is not expected to grow. Almost the entire risk for building the 600-mile pipeline will be borne by utility customers in the form of rate hikes. The pipeline will disproportionately affect poorer communities in eastern North Carolina. The damage to the environment, increased risk to our climate from methane releases and threats to hundreds of clean water sources weigh heavily against this project.
The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has done an excellent job investigating concerns raised in comments and public hearings. Citizens, especially those in the path of the proposed pipeline, should do their own research and determine for themselves whether the facts support this project. Then make their voices heard.
Chair, Environment Action Team
NC League of Women Voters