In reference to Jerrold Maddox’s op-ed (CDT, 1/14), I agree that being connected with others who are unlike you is a good thing.
However, his comment that a wall between Mexico and the U.S. is based on hatred or racism is false. A wall is for the safety of all our citizens. A wall is needed to keep out illegal immigrants, drugs and dealers, sex traders, criminals and terrorists.
The No. 1 function of our government is to protect its people.
Robert McCarty, State College
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