Readers Write: Jan. 30

Georgia should join climate caucus

The AJC reports that 2017 was either the second- or third-hottest year on record. Temperatures are rising even faster in Washington, where partisan gridlock shut down the federal government recently. In this environment, a breath of fresh air comes from the Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group of the U.S House of Representatives. The caucus was formed in 2016 “to explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.” The group now numbers 68, half Republicans and half Democrats. Wow! A bipartisan group working to address a pressing national problem. Let’s cheer these 68 U.S representatives, all of whom deserve gold medals for leadership and bipartisanship. And let’s ask our own representative to join this team.

JERRY TOKARS, ATLANTA

Commonsense reform is not racist

A recent letter-writer (“Perdue on wrong side of history,” Readers Write, Jan. 22) used the words “racist” and “racism” five times to attack the president and U.S. Sen. David David Perdue on immigration. Like most liberals, she is confident that she can divine the motives of those who don’t agree with her on the topic, and she sounds like a “hater.”

Apparently anyone who demands that we enforce our immigration laws and entertains the idea of cutting the number of legal immigrants back to 1970 levels so as to encourage assimilation and to cause American wages to rise by tightening the labor market is a “racist?”

A Harvard-Harris poll, taken in the run-up to the government shutdown found huge support for cutting the level of legal immigration, which stands at more than 1 million a year, to less than half that – 35 percent said legal immigration should be 250,000 a year or less.

Common sense is not “racist.”

SUE LANIER KING, MARIETTA

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