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Border wall will only serve to divide us

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe often rely on simple approaches to understand strangers around us.One approach is to try to understand who and what a person admires and imitates. Another is to admit that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so don’t play judge.A major item that is coming up for debate this year is the border wall between our nation and Mexico.Border walls have a very long and questionable history. Most have failed in their goals. They’ve defined national borders, kept hostile enemies at bay, and prevented their own citizens from fleeing.An example we all know would be what many Westerners called “Wall of Shame,” or the Berlin Wall. What did it say about its builders and what they thought of people? Does our president admire the Berlin Wall?Switching to beauty being in the eye of the beholder, who doesn’t swell with patriotic pride at the sight of the Statue of Liberty? In contrast, I remember driving along the towering and threatening wall near Tijuana and wondering why Mexican nationals are treated like criminals. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I can’t remember a church that has a wall in front.Walls are barriers we choose to erect. Large, imponderable, formidable walls are an insult to the beauty of the world. Walls define others as different and undesirable. An unquestioning us versus them approach. What do walls say about us?Don CooperAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Three seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

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