Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Families, immigrants, marijuana-fireworks

Children and families

There has been a lot of media coverage lately of the policy by the Justice Department to separate children of illegal immigrants from their parents. While this seems harsh, no one in the media seems concerned that we do the same thing to the families of legal citizens. Whenever someone is imprisoned, the inmate isn’t the only one who pays a price. If there is a spouse and children in the picture, they suddenly lose the benefits of having the incarcerated parent around. That includes parenting, chores, providing an income, and the stability that comes with these things. Of course, it is impossible to imprison someone without this being the case, but as a society we should be concerned about the well-being of those who suffer due to no fault of their own. Extra services should be made available to these families to help the children succeed in school and stay connected with the incarcerated parent. Studies show that if we fail these kids, they are more likely to wind up on the wrong side of the law themselves. No matter if someone is here legally or not, we should be concerned about the well-being of their innocent children.

John Crow, Boise

Immigrants

The Unitarian Universalist congregations of Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Boise and Moscow condemn the Trump administration’s appalling assault on vulnerable families seeking asylum in the United States and call on our legislators to sponsor or join others of either political party, to enact legislation to end the criminalization of refugees.

We are also joining other congregations across the country in the condemnation of the immoral, inhumane and indefensible detainment policy that has resulted in the separation of children from their parents. Furthermore, we find that the use of the Bible to justify this travesty is morally reprehensible and repugnant as it recalls the practice of selecting passages from the Bible to support American slavery, Nazi Germany and South African apartheid.

We further support the June 18, 2018, statement of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in which the Rev. Frederick-Gray, UUA President, says, “Every human being has a right to flee from danger. Every parent has a fundamental right to seek safety and survival for their children. Migration is not a crime. Being a refugee is not a crime. Certainly, I would do whatever was needed to protect my child and my family — wouldn’t you?”

Jim Bigelow, Boise

Marijuana

Idaho is missing out on millions. Illegal fireworks are sold because they generate revenue. Sign a release and walk away with the booty. Idaho should start raising quality marijuana for Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. Planted, grown and harvested in the potato state. Anyone in the state can do this. Just sign a waiver – just like the illegal fireworks release. Nobody would ever improperly use the pot here, just like the illegal fireworks, because nobody wants to see Idaho go up in smoke.

Think before you light up.

David Behunin, Boise

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