Letters: U.S. on brink of losing moral compass


As he so often and ably does, Leonard Pitts Jr. (“Will we ever learn lessons of war internment camps?” Sunday) touched a chord — a chord of national shame.

Now, 75 years later, the shame of national profiling, non-acceptance and outright bias is once again facing this nation — a nation founded on democracy and civility for one and all.

What did we gain 75 years ago when this country detained and vilified our Japanese neighbors? The answer is nothing; nothing except losing our moral compass.

In 2017, we are on the brink of doing that again. We can only hope that does not happen.

BARBARA WOODWORTH, JUNO BEACH

Detention of Ali, Jr.

ridiculous, chilling

Detaining an American citizen such as Muhammad Ali, Jr., at a U.S. airport for two hours a few days ago because of an Islamic sounding name is crazy.

Not quickly checking and verifying any identity questions regarding a person with one of the most recognizable names in this country and the world is insane.

Homeland Security’s database should have easily solved that problem of identification in two minutes at most. They could have gone to Google to check it out in not more than three minutes, maybe four. That action was a dereliction of duty by that agency and its employees who authorized his detention.

There is no excuse for this kind of religious and ethnic profiling. It is un-American and illegal and gives a bad mark to our country and its president.

I understand we have to protect our borders from terrorists, but this is not the way. The only thing Homeland Security had was that Mr. Ali had an Arabic or Islamic-sounding name and that the detainee was a black man. That is ridiculous and chilling.

MICHAEL L. COHEN, WEST PALM BEACH

Wrong to call press

enemy of the people

As a retired Social Studies and English middle school teacher, I had always encouraged my students to stand up for what they believe in. Thus, I feel that I have to practice what I had preached.

One of the backbones of our democracy is freedom of the press as stated in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

When the executive branch of our government begins to exclude certain news organizations who annoy him and calls them “the enemy of the American people,” it is time for the American people and our elected members of Congress, regardless of their political party, to speak up and say that this is wrong.

RICKA WITKIN, NORTH PALM BEACH

‘Voter outrage’ is

a liberal construct

Phony liberal hysteria comes alive in the headline, “Furious constituents unload on Rep. Mast,” (Saturday).

Since the Palm Beach Post is all about solid journalism, why not reveal the names of hyper-liberal groups behind the “spontaneous voter outrage”?

MIKE KEEN, PALM CITY

Trump’s actions are

those of a dictator

Senator John McCain said, “A dictator can be started when the free press is suppressed.”

I think it has started with Friday’s White House briefing. Only Trump-friendly press were among those admitted. The action came after President Trump described the media as “fake news” and as “the enemy of the people.”

President Trump has started his dictatorship by suppressing some of his targets like the New York Times, CNN and the L.A. Times. These were some that were excluded from the briefing by Sean Spicer.

Mr. Trump only wants to hear what he wants to hear. The action by the president, suppressing the press, must be met with congressional action.

ROBERT MONZ, WEST PALM BEACH



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