I find it odd that the same people who say that we should take care of our wounded veterans before helping refugees are the same ones who oppose tax increases that would potentially help the VA. Of course we should help those that risked their lives for their country — no sensible American citizen would oppose that. But is anyone actually as interested in doing so as much as they are as having a platform for opposition to accepting refugees? It is the sole mention of Muslims moving to the U.S. that drives conservatives into a fit of fear and anger, scrambling to come up with any half-thought excuse to reject them. Whether it be our own vets who need the attention, there not being strict enough background checks, or that they’ll become dependents of the state, there is always a problem stated but not an actual solution. So you believe that the screening process won’t be thorough enough? Well, how do you fix that? How much do you even really know about the process? It feels as if this will just be another issue in which the Republicans will propose nothing and whine when something actually does happen.
Agustin Martinez, Boise