CHRIS JONES, CONYERS
‘Law is the law’ should apply on immigration
In the letter “Story shows value of Immigrants” (Readers Write, June 15), the writer has missed the basic point about the immigration problem. It’s not that we don’t want immigrants in this country; it’s just that we want them to enter legally. “The law is the law.” Those words rang especially clear to me and about 11,000 of my fellow air traffic controllers from then-President Ronald Reagan when my union, PATCO, illegally went on strike in August 1981. After 16 years of being banned from reapplying for our jobs, the ban was finally lifted. Only a very small minority of the controllers were ever able to get their jobs back. I was one of them. “The Law is the Law.” It rings as clear to me today as it did back in 1981 and should ring just as clear to anyone trying to enter this country illegally. Make them wait 16 years, just like me.
KEN HEWITT, CUMMING
Remembering dad’s view of democracy’s fragility
Last Father’s Day, I paid tribute to my father, who died of a heart attack 40 years ago. My father was a lifelong patriot. He served in the Pacific during World War II. Having fought fascism overseas, my father went on to speak out against homegrown autocrats, from Douglas MacArthur to Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn to Richard Nixon and his enemies list. My father taught English. He thought good writing should be simple, transparent and logical, like Lincoln’s speeches. He believed politicians who used murky language were trying to con us, and that those who fell for the con were guilty of the cardinal sin of intellectual laziness. My father could be memorably profane. He would have had choice words for today’s “sunshine patriots” whose conspiracy theories and distortions of American history are jeopardizing the fragile democracy he risked his life to defend.
STEVE BABB, LAWRENCEVILLE