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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tackling real reasons why we need border protection

A wall along our southern border would help to increase the security of that border. But it would do nothing to help decrease the fundamental reasons for why we need that protection. Those reasons are rooted deep in the throes of the socio/economic disparities that our baser human nature and the world’s political systems have helped to generate. Efforts to seriously address those reasons is a ball we have been kicking down the road for a long time. But that road is getting bumpier and its end is in sight. We will not be able to kick it forever.

We have all heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I think it is a surprisingly accurate bit of wisdom. What that means in terms of the current state of paralysis our politicians have generated is that for every dollar we spend on border security, we should be spending roughly $16 on education and other efforts to address those socio/economic disparities.

I can see a solution along those lines as a way out for “saving face” on both sides of the current great divide: $20 billion for the president’s wall and $300 billion to such organizations as Planned Parenthood, Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross and other organizations that have historically demonstrated the willingness and means to compassionately help educate and serve the people of our world in ways that help lift us all.

I realize that some of these organizations have also generated their own controversy. But it is important to remember when examining those debates that outside of a few psychopaths perhaps, essentially everybody is pro-life. Everybody seeks to ultimately end the process of abortion. Everybody believes in the sanctity of life whether they believe in God or not. Everybody wants to leave a world where there children and grandchildren can pursue their dreams in freedom and dignity. The means of achieving that goal has no place for a government that willfully refuses to function in even the most basic of ways to serve the people for whom it was created and by whom those services are paid for. There are elegant alternatives to that ludicrous situation and we need to try harder to find a few of them.

Ken Ungerecht