Letters to the Editor

The trouble with walls

When Donald Trump becomes president and decides to act on one of his promises, he should remember that the Chinese have a great wall that was designed and built to keep out “undesirables.”

Perhaps the Trump negotiations could obtain that wall for our Mexican border as a result of some new and unique trading. I haven’t been there, but I understand that the Chinese wall is strictly used for sightseeing now.

On the other hand, maybe Trump should contact the current leader of Germany about a wall since they have had a great experience with one built in Berlin. I believe the Germans are still selling souvenir pieces of that structure. I know that, because I purchased a hunk of it. Of course, my wife insists that what I have appears to be nothing more than a hunk of concrete block.

By the way, if I remember correctly, it didn’t take much for that wall to come down. President Reagan just stood there and said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” and it happened. I suppose the Mexican president has probably heard and remembers that story.

The trouble with walls is that in today’s world they are bound to outlive their purpose in a short time considering all the possibilities to go under, over or around and maybe even through them with any one of the many pieces of destructive equipment that we have today.

A wall between the U.S. and Mexico is a dumb idea.

John H. Ziegler Jr., College Township