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Letter about Stan Gudmundson commentary...


Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

Stan Gudmundson’s fear of people who are different than us is legitimate: we do not know what to expect, we wonder if they will respect us and our culture and our mostly good government. We wonder how Syrian Orthodox Christians as well as Sunni Muslims look and act.

In his (long) commentary Stan quoted Ann Coulter as saying that refugees are responsible for the rise in prison populations. She is wrong. Most experts agree that our prison population has expanded because of 1. mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders and 2. Lack of mental health and drug treatment facilities available. Ann Coultera’s essays makes wild generalizations without worrying about facts or expert opinions. This is how she makes money- by inflaming our fears.

Yes, there are real challenges when people of different backgrounds try to live together, especially when some are very poor, and might be perceived as a ‘drain’ on our society. Teachers in Rochester do struggle to communicate with non-English speaking parents. But we can also be enriched by new people. Southeast Asian people bring interesting vegetables to farmers’ markets.

One month ago, most Christians heard these words from God’s angels: ‘Fear not, for I bring you good news.’ Soon after the wise men worshipped the Christking, Jesus and his family became refugees in Egypt. When Herod’s fears subsided, they went home like most refugees want to do.

Let us trust the Immigration Service to screen refugees. Let us remember the poem on the Statue of Liberty, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free’...And let us work to help newcomers, whoever they may be.

Pastor Karen Grandall

Spring Valley, MN
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Wed, Jan 27th, 2016
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