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Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:14 am

Letters to the Editor

Two volunteers with a Catholic Charities disaster relief team give a Central American refugee baby a bottle containing pedialyte, while a mother offers her young son a cup of water at the reception hall of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where they will receive counseling, food, clothes and a shower before boarding a bus for the homes of relatives in the U.S.


Every day we learn more about the appalling conditions facing children, women and men in detention centers along our southern border. The situation is unconscionable. If your readers are like me, they may feel overwhelmed and paralyzed by the images of children and adults housed in overcrowded, filthy conditions that fail to respect their dignity as persons.
Please do not look away.  You can help.

1. Tell your members of Congress you support legislation to provide emergency funding for humane and dignified treatment of people in detention.

2. Donate to organizations that are serving immigrants along our southern border. We recommend Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, or Catholic Charities.

3. Educate yourself. For reliable information, visit websites like www.justiceforimmigrants.org or www.networklobby.org.

We citizens of the United States also need to not look away from our nation’s history of relationships with the governments of Central American countries from which the immigrants are fleeing. How has that history helped to create conditions that cause parents to risk everything to protect their lives and those of their children? The answer is worth our seeking.

Sister Marcelline Koch, OP,
Dominican Sisters of Springfield

In response to Jim Proffitt’s letter to the editor in last week’s IT, responding to Bruce Rushton’s story about coal (“Letting Go,” June 13), almost everything Proffitt says is factually false. If given the chance, wind and solar can overtake coal as main energy sources, as was done in Germany and England this very year, and eventually replace them.

Also, there are categorically different types of solar panels which do not kill birds, and while still experimental, many retrofits of wind turbines which use cameras, radar, bright blades and lights (just to name a few) indicate that bird and bee deaths can be dramatically reduced.

Scrubbing coal merely attempts to lessen, but does not eliminate, impurities. And coal is not an endless resource. At the current rate of production, the estimated 1.1 trillion tons of coal worldwide will last only 150 more years, wreaking more environmental damage, while the sun will continue to burn for the next five billion years.

Thomas W. Yale


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