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Dear Editor:
I read the "Editor's Comments" posted on 5/30/02 and am concerned by something you said.

In the second paragraph you implied that anyone who is a opposed to immigration to the U.S., as it occurs now, must be a racist. With that in mind, I read the article about the deported German citizen and the "discussions". I think one woman who responded summed it up best when she said, in part, "...shame on bigotry of any kind."

My reasons for wanting reduced immigration have nothing to do with racism, xenophobia or whatever term is in vogue this week. I'm disgusted by the racism involved in discussions over immigration. I want to see immigration reduced because I don't think the U.S. can cope with the sheer numbers in the long run. I don't care where the immigrants are from. Maybe it's like a flood; you can feel badly about the damage the flood causes without hating every drop of rain that caused the flood.

If there's to be any hope of a rational solution to the "immigration problem", we're going to have to stop labeling each other. As evidenced by the "discussions" after the Billings article, there's plenty of ignorance on both sides. As a union officer, I've had some training in problem solving. I'm not the "sharpest knife in the drawer", but I know that there's not much chance to solve a problem if the parties refuse to even try to understand the other party's position. Hopefully, the "immigration problem" will be solved by sensible people, not the radical fringes from both sides of the issue.

Some time ago I said that I would confine my letters to statements of fact. If some feel I have violated that commitment, I apologize. The fact is, though, that a person can be opposed to present levels of immigration without deserving some of the more common labels. And every time someone falsely labels me as a racist, I'll reserve the right to respond.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME


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