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Sanctuary states aren’t humane...they’re anti-American I happened to read a letter in the Feb. 27 Cape Ga- zette signed by five ladies of the Civil Rights Team of the Progressive Democrats of Sussex County (CRT of the PDSC for short) that sparked some thoughts about the state of our American culture. The ladies wrote to urge state legislators to make Delaware a “safe haven for all residents... (who) for any one of a num- ber of reasons have no formal documents...becoming a place of sanctuary is not only the humane thing to do for some of the most vulnerable people residing within our state. It also affirms the importance of leav- ing local law enforcement deci- sions to our cities and towns.” Then, they try to have it both ways, adding that, “Of course there is a need for federal im- migration policies, including the current practice of prioritiz- ing, reporting and deportation of persons convicted of serious criminal behavior.” In other words, only after someone is convicted of a sec- ond “serious” crime after first breaking into the country, do they approve of enforcement action! To give us an overview of the sanctuary strategy, Wash- ington Times journalist Dan Boyer recently reported that, “Nearly 500 jurisdictions are now sanctuary cities, according to a group that’s tracked the is- sue for more than a decade, and who said there’s been a massive surge in the number of places trying to thwart federal immi- gration agents since President Trump’s election. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that handled deporta- tions, says 279 municipalities refused to cooperate on at least one case in fiscal year 2016. All told, those sanctuaries released more than 2,000 illegal immi- grants back onto the streets that ICE agents had been trying to deport.” So, how did our American culture get to this point? To provide some background, the late political scientist Sam Huntington explained our origins and what’s at risk in his book, “Who Are We?” He says that: “America’s core culture has been the culture of the 17th and 18th century settlers who founded American society. Elements include Christian religion, protestant values and moralism, a work ethic, the English language, British tradi- tions of law, justice and limits of government power; legacy of European art, literature, philosophy and music. Out of this culture the settlers devel- oped the American Creed with its principles of liberty, equal- ity, individualism, representa- tive government and private property.” This American culture held basically true for 189 years until LBJ signed the Hart-Celler Act in 1965 which uncoupled legal immigration from our Euro- pean roots to more family chain reunification from Third World countries. They promised no change in our ethnic balance, but that was deception. Here’s the result. In 1950, Hispanics were 2.6 percent of the population. In the 2010 U.S. Census, they had grown to 16 percent and growing with a recent unemployment rate of 5.9 percent. African-Americans total only 13 percent and experi- ence increased job competition resulting in a 9 percent unem- ployment rate. Alarmingly, it’s 21 percent among black youths (16-24) not in school, of whom too many become salesmen for the Mexican cartels. Moreover, Ann Coulter writ- ing in her book “Adios Ameri- ca” reports that Pew Research found that the U.S. has taken in more than 25 percent of Mexi- co’s population with 75 percent of immigrant families from Mexico on government assis- tance of some kind. California alone has 14 million Hispanics, which is more people than in 46 other states! In effect, our political elites without public debate or ref- erendum have allowed us to become Mexico’s safety valve in exporting their poor, unedu- cated lower classes. Curiously, the “CRT of the PDSC” don’t even mention any connection with the estimated $25 billion of cocaine, heroin and marijuana pouring over the border annually from Mexico that are destroying Delaware lives and families. Mr. Huntington concluded that illegal immigration is a threat to “societal secu- rity.” Through the continuous drumbeat for multiculturalism and diversity, the demise of our American culture is being promoted. We need to answer the ques- tion “who are we?” before our core culture is lost forever. Geary Foertsch lives in Rehoboth Beach and writes from a libertarian perspective to promote policies supporting econmic liberty, free market, small government and anti-war. He can be reached at gearyfoertsch@yahoo. com. to personally advocate for the safer route through Grove Park instead of the route voted on by the city of Rehoboth along Rehoboth Avenue. When using the Junction & Breakwater Trail and also the Gordons Pond trails I use The Grove park on a regular basis be- cause it is safer than biking along Rehoboth Aveune coming off the traffic circle. Some motorists still have problems navigating the circle, and placing cyclists near this area is not safe. I understand that the mayor has concerns about cy- clists going behind the museum but think if all parties sit down and discuss possible options this could be resolved to the satisfac- tion of all. No one wants to see someone get hurt either by a car or a pedestrian hit by a cyclist, so let’s discuss how this can be avoided. I have some ideas. On April 4 the Cape Gazette ran an editorial calling for a separate bike and pedestrian bridge over the canal. I used to think that this was a pipe dream but maybe now is the time to start planning for this type of bridge. New Castle County is actually building a much larger bike bridge right now (half mile in length). Therefore why can’t we build something much smaller in Sus- sex County to the state’s biggest resort area that would connect two of the best trails on the East Coast that are more popular than anyone ever dreamed. In the meantime let’s take the safer approach of routing cyclists through Grove Park, and talk about how we can make this a good solution for all parties involved. Again, no one wants to see anyone get hurt and believe DelDOT can help the city of Rehoboth do this. Ray Quillen Lewes Bike DE Board of Directors and vice president In defense of senators Lawson and Bonini In his letter dated April 6, Mr. Don Peterson was critical of two state senators’ decision to walk out when a Muslim prayer was offered at the opening of the state Senate session. Perhaps if we heard from Mr. Lawson and Mr. Bonini, it might serve to clarify their position. Mr. Lawson: “We just heard from the Quran, which calls for our very demise.” “I fought for this country, not to be damned by someone that comes in here and prays to their god for our demise. I think that’s despicable.” “You can’t be a good American and a good Muslim,” he said. “They don’t believe in our Constitu- tion.” Mr. Bonini: “If somebody is of- fended by the Hail Mary and they don’t want to hear it, and they leave the chamber, I wouldn’t be happy about it, but I wouldn’t criticize them.” Mr. Lawson is correct. The Muslim “holy book” does call for our destruction as a civilization. Also, it does advocate that Mus- lim law (not the U.S. Constitu- tion) is supreme and should be imposed world-wide. Mr. Bonini is also correct. Freedom of reli- gion is a two-way street. Both senators are well within their right to protest the reading from the Quran in the state Sen- ate by walking out of the room. Indeed, one wonders why their moral outrage is not shared by all Americans. Lawrence McSwain Lewes Bonini’s and Lawson’s actions condemned On behalf of the Southern Del- aware Alliance for Racial Justice, I want to condemn the actions of Sen. Colin Bonini, R-South Dover, and Sen. Dave Lawson R- Marydel. The intolerance and lack of respect they displayed when they walked out during an invocation delivered by a Muslim duo on the floor of chambers on Wednesday, April 5, demon- strates the type of bigotry and prejudice that stains the soul of decency and integrity. Both men were elected to represent all Del- awareans within their districts, not just the constituents that they DELAWARE CAPE REGION HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHS » DELAWARE PUBLIC ARCHIVES/DELAWARE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE PHOTO COLLECTION FOR DECADES, the Rehoboth Beach Easter Promenade brought crowds to the resort to celebrate the holiday and the arrival of warmer weather. Grandparents, parents and children decked out in new spring clothes - and colorful hats - paraded up and down the Boardwalk. Many would follow their outdoors walking with a meal in one of many Rehoboth Beach restaurants open for the new season. Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce spon- sored the promenade event for many years and awarded prizes for many categories including Best-Dressed Ba- bies, Best Dressed Families, Best Easter Bonnet and many more. Herbert Moore made this photograph for the Delaware Office of Economic Development in the middle part of the 20th century. PARADING EASTER FINERY IN REHOBOTH BEACH IN MID-20TH CENTURY Letters » Continued from page 6 Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS TUESDAY, APRIL 11 - THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017 7 Geary Foertsch » POLITICS Continued on page 8