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Dear Editor:
I am curious about RL Ranger's reference to white slaves in early American history. Perhaps he is confusing indentured servants, who worked their way out of servitude, with slaves, who had no such luxury. Not a nice life but not exactly the same thing as slavery. He also talks about Tom Tancredo and his position on immigration controls. I don't think that many people are against an as orderly immigration process as possible but that isn't what Tancredo is talking about. I read his recent speech to Congress and he was complaining about the danger of "multiculturalism" in America. First, too late to worry about that Tom. But, second, this is just plain bigotted rhetoric. This is the kind of thing the KKK says, or all of our lovely groups like the World Church of the Creator, old Strom Thurmond, the same old Trent Lott, or even Ali Alexander. Since RL's letter refers to Tancredo so much I must assume that he is aware of Tancredo's biggoted position and believes that it is correct or doesn't care one way or another. Does it matter which? The poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty says it best for me, "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

I really have to disagree with Richard Baerís comment on racial profiling being ok in these times. Letís not forget that there was a caucasion and a person of hispanic descent who were also involved with those that would harm US civilians for the governments wrongs around the world. It is a proven fact, at least in the US customs arena, that profiling does not work and that all that happens is that you miss everyone that is outside of your profile. If the US continues to profile men of middle eastern descent, the terrorists will just recruit other people to do the job that donít fit the profile. Addressing the reasons why people want to harm us will be the only long-term solution to our problems.

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