Letters to the Editor

Lathrop letter: Ted Cruz

In response to the letter from John Clark of Boise, I would like to say that I am a Democrat, active duty military, and I am 100 percent in favor of Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president. I would never vote for any close-minded politician who would infringe on the equality of others in the name of religion. However, I am tired of hearing that Cruz is not eligible to run for president. A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen is in fact a “natural born citizen” of the United States of America. If you want to check the definition see Harvardlawreview.org which says the meaning of “natural born citizen” is someone who was a U.S. citizen at birth with no need to go through a naturalization proceeding at some later time. My son was born in Germany while I was stationed overseas. Would you deny him the right to run for president, Mr. Clark? I have dedicated my life to protecting the rights of American citizens regardless if I disagree with their politics, or where they were born. (These are my personal opinions and not that of the Department of Defense.)

Patrick Lathrop, Boise