Letters to the Editor

Letters: On immigration, words matter; Gun violence prevention work continues

Now is the time for impeachment proceedings

This president, abetted by supporters, has alienated foreign allies; praised despots like Salman of Saudi Arabia, who is implicated in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder; approved of actions deemed war crimes and human rights violations by international watchdogs; supported U.S. military involvement in Yemen contributing to a devastating humanitarian crises; unequivocally supported Israel; approved weapons sales without conscience; violated agreements with Iran; ignored the climate crisis; decimated the diplomatic corps; chosen several appointees who resigned plagued by scandal; worked with associates now jailed; been accused of rape and sexual misconduct, bragged about it, and fraternized with people like Jeffrey Epstein; made racist, misogynist, homophobic statements and policy decisions; provoked death threats against four sitting congresswomen; used rhetoric that fueled a rise in hate crimes; created a border crisis, illegally separated families and heinously incarcerated people in ICE centers resulting in 26 deaths including children; incited divisive chants at rallies, stated in an interview with George Stephanopoulos that he thought there was nothing wrong with taking help from foreign powers to win an election; denied election tampering by Russia; betrayed Puerto Rico; ignored systemic causes of mass shootings; been repeatedly caught lying. All this cannot be brushed aside as fake. Self-incriminating filmed footage of the president, his own tweets, and the Mueller Report are all evidential. Congress must forward Articles of Impeachment to the Senate. “There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem” (Eldridge Cleaver).

Barbara S. Nilsen, State College

On immigration, words matter

On May 8, President Trump called Mexicans crossing our southern border an “invasion.” The crowd cheered and laughed. He repeated the word invasion and made light of it. He rhetorically asked the crowd, “How do we stop it?” In response, someone in the audience shouted “shoot them.” The crowd cheered and laughed. Our president also laughed, paused to enjoy the applause and smiled and then said “only in the (Florida) Panhandle” as though it was funny. He did not challenge the response; he did not control his crowd, he did not act responsibly. Instead, he enjoyed the moment. The El Paso shooter wanted kill immigrants to stop the “invasion.” Words matter.

Jeffrey Kern, State College

Gun violence prevention work continues

While the latest American mass shootings devastated the cities of El Paso, Texas, on Saturday and Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday, I was in Washington, D.C. with 2,000 passionate, committed, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America volunteers. We were gathered to share and learn the work of ending gun violence.

Without question, everyone is ready for an end to the trauma of mass shootings. The question remains, are we willing to take action to bring about this change? One hundred percent of my fellow volunteers answer with a powerful yes.

Every single day, 100 people die by guns, the majority from suicide. Every death creates immense trauma in the community.

Mental health services are already in high demand. As the trauma grows and spreads, we are struggling, and largely unable to meet the growing need.

We need universal background checks on all gun sales as the foundation of gun violence prevention. Ninety percent of Americans support universal background checks.

1.2 million guns are for sale online, without a background check. Congress has passed a universal background checks bill.

Ask Senator Pat Toomey to demand a vote on this bill in the senate. Text CHECKS to 64433 to be connected directly.

Then, join us, Centre Region Moms Demand Action, to continue the work of Gun Violence Prevention. Visit momsdemandaction.org to join our local chapter of committed volunteers working to end gun violence locally, at the state level and at the federal level.

Maggie Ellis, State College