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Your Turn: Jan. 17

January 17, 2019

Back pay necessaryI have a daughter with two young sons and a nephew with a 1-year-old who have both been furloughed because of the government shutdown.Chip Roy is a newly elected representative in the House. I am extremely disappointed he was among only seven representatives — and the only one from Texas — who voted against a bill that would guarantee back pay for those workers. Not an auspicious start for the congressman.Larry ParnesRefugees’ rightRe: “U.S. not responsible,” Your Turn, Monday:As far back as Greek civilization, if even your worst enemy came to your door, you gave him food and shelter and sent him on his way.The families coming here from Central America and elsewhere do have the right, by our laws, to seek entry and plead their cases. Save your “unutterable loathing” for those who created and enforce Homeland Security’s pitiless policy at our borders.Judith HowseIt doesn’t followRe: “Who protects us?” Your Turn, Monday:Mike Colley is mistaken if he believes “it follows” that to be against the wall is to be against border security. I am as strongly supportive of security as I am convinced a wall will not help.Richard Albanese has a great idea (“Wall vs. electronics,” Your Turn, Monday), but I believe he already knows what his experiment would show. The Berlin Wall was effective only because the communists were willing to shoot to kill who ever reached the top. I don’t believe even the president is prepared to go that far — or my name is Pollyanna.Henry HarePolitical clonesFrom my perspective, the only major difference between Julián Castro from San Antonio and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from Queens is that the former is a 44-year-old Latino and the latter is a 29-year-old Latina.The former is better educated, has held several high political positions and is a more polished orator. Their political philosophies, at the end of the day, are scarily similar.My advice to these two is that socialism has never worked and will never work, and the continued pursuit of this political philosophy will ultimately bring their political careers to a quick end.Lawrence McMahanGreat grammar readTo reader Ginger Burkholder, who shared her thoughts on the crimes against punctuation and grammar in our culture (“Your or You’re,” Your Turn, Monday), you are absolutely correct about the obliteration of punctuation and grammar, and to support your statements, may I recommend you read “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” by Lynne Truss.For those of us who value the lost integrity of punctuation and grammar, this is a great read!Eileen Shiman

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