Unfair criticisms of Schwarzman
I find the character assassination by letter writer “name withheld” of Stephen Schwarzman and President Trump offensive and all too common by Trump haters. The letter writer should at least have the courage to sign his name. It’s not as if Antifa will show up at his door and threaten his wife and children. Contrary to what “Name withheld” would have us believe, Trump never said there were good white supremacists. Trump said, “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”
Regarding caging of children, there is no question the situation of people detained at our border is an unfortunate one, but before we believe people who bash Trump for political gain, we need to ask ourselves what are the alternatives. One is to send the illegal immigrants back home immediately, but that would require changing laws that the Democrats refuse to change.
The other alternative is demanded by AOC and her fellow progressives. They demand abolishing ICE, decriminalizing illegal entry, free medical care, welfare for illegal immigrants and open borders. They know that immigrants on welfare will vote Democrat.
Before we condemn Trump and Stephen Schwarzman for not implementing these policies, we should ask ourselves one question. If we open our borders and offer free welfare and medical care, how high will our taxes and debt have to rise to support the massive number of people that would flow into our country to take advantage of those services?
Refugees should not be demonized
To the Editor:
John Giannone asked some valid questions of me in his letter to the editor (“What’s a picture really worth?,” letter, July 25). He wanted to know the purpose of the picture from my recent column showing a father and daughter drowned in the Rio Grande having tried to enter this country.
My point is that contrary to the president’s assertions, most people who are trying to enter America are not criminals, rapists and assorted miscreants. In fact, they are families desperate to flee the poverty and violence that has ravaged their homelands.
The president and others ought not demonize them and dismiss their plight. That does not mean that we can accept every person seeking asylum or refuge, but given our national origins, this country in particular ought to be at least compassionate. Our policies and our rhetoric should reflect that. President Trump does not. And we should never separate children from their parents as a tool to discourage migration… which this president did.
America was founded on opening our doors to those who are persecuted or in distress. Almost every American citizens can trace back to their own immigrant family history. We are a better nation for it.
Protesters deserve to be heard
The August 1 edition of T&V carried a front page article that began with the words “Anti-vax protesters.”
That oft-repeated pejorative label finally got me up out of my chair and to my keyboard to compose the first letter to an editor I have ever submitted. If the protesters seemed out of place, maybe it’s because they weren’t listened to the first time they sought to be heard. Steve Sanders, Brad Hoylman and Liz Krueger used to be voices I respected. Not anymore. Each has championed forced vaccination of our children (now law) without really doing their homework. Here’s why I challenge them.
During a recent visit to a medical specialist I see twice a year, he and I got onto the subject of forced vaccination. The medical facility where he has privileges demanded that he take the two MMR measles shots. Thinking his immunity may have weakened over the years he agreed and took the first shot. Then he remarked to his friend, an immunologist, that he was preparing to take the second shot. The immunologist shocked him by saying, “Don’t do it. The second shot can make you very sick.”
In 2018, after months of asking for (and not receiving) copies of the scientific studies that monitor the safety and effectiveness of our vaccines that the Department of Health and Human Services is required by law to deliver to Congress every two years, RFK Jr. and the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) sued HHS to obtain copies of their studies. HHS lost the lawsuit when they admitted at trial that they had not submitted the required studies for 30 years. That’s not a typo.
There are studies that have shown problems with our vaccines and our aggressive vaccine schedule, which even some doctors question. The problem is none of the photogenic doctors or politicians that appear on my TV screen bother to read them. Information on 400 vaccine studies can be found in Neil Z. Miller’s book, “Critical Vaccine Studies.”