chell (Chris Bohling)

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Letter to the editor: Trump phenomenon

Actually address my points. Otherwise your argument is invalid.

June 24, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Trump phenomenon

Right, because the Native Americans were protected by the full force of the United States military

June 24, 2016 at 11:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Trump phenomenon

For the sake of putting my entire argument in one post:

You are arguing that the most important issue in this election is illegal immigration, and that we should therefore support Trump despite the fact that his proposed policies are generally anti-freedom. You say this because you claim that illegal immigration is the biggest threat facing the US.

However, there's just no evidence to suggest that a high rate of immigration actually causes the disaster you seem to think it's going to cause. There's not any statistically accurate way of looking at the effect of an undocumented immigrant population on a larger culture, so the only way of really looking at the effect of immigration is to look at areas with the greatest amount of diversity and account for both legal and illegal immigrants. After all, in social terms both groups will have functionally the same effect.

So, if your assertion is true, we would expect to see areas with a high degree of diversity and high percentage of immigrants doing worse, economically, than more homogeneous areas. But, as one can see by comparing per capita GDP of various US metropolitan areas with diversity rates, you can see that your assertion just isn't true. Many of the cities with the highest diversity rates are also among the most prosperous in our nation.

Now, I agree that this prosperity might not be specifically due to the presence of immigrants. I'm not asserting that diversity creates prosperity. What I'm asserting is that diversity doesn't necessarily prevent prosperity.

If diversity doesn't prevent prosperity, it's hard to claim that illegal immigration is really that big of a problem. I agree that people in the country illegal should be deported - that's the law. But there's no evidence to suggest that it's so much of a problem that we should vote for a candidate as dangerous as Trump. As I said in my other post, he wants to tear apart the Constitution even more than Bush and Obama did. He wants to ignore the first amendment. That's not a sacrifice worth making to solve a minor problem.

June 24, 2016 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Trump phenomenon

No, I'm quite aware of that IQ stat. The baseless assertion is the idea that people immigrating to the US is going to somehow lead to its ruin. Give me one example of this ever happening.

Hint: It doesn't, because the vast majority of the power remains within the upper-class and middle-class establishment.

Don't get me wrong, I am not "pro-amnesty." I think illegal immigrants should get deported, that's the law. But I don't buy the idea that it's such a massive problem that we need to vote in a xenophobic egotist who wants to stomp on the Constitution even more than Obama has.

June 24, 2016 at 10:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Trump phenomenon

That's a wild assertion. Care to back it up with evidence?

The three cities in the US with the highest per capita GDP (Bay Area, New York, DC Area) are also among the most diverse. Take a look at the highest GDP-per-capita cities in the world - all of them are melting-pot diverse. Your fears are baseless.

June 24, 2016 at 8:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Trump phenomenon

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/19/politic...

Two pretty clear examples of Trump promoting policies that would be obvious First Amendment violations

June 23, 2016 at 1:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Trump phenomenon

So you're willing to abandon the first amendment for the sake of kicking out illegal immigrants? If so, I question your priorities.

June 23, 2016 at 11:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Trump phenomenon

You have the anarchy symbol as your logo, yet you support the man who actually wants to expand the reach of the federal government and trample on the first amendment (both in terms of religious freedom and freedom of the press). What exactly is it you believe?

June 23, 2016 at 8:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

Also is anyone else confused about the statement about the southwest corner of Clinton Parkway and Inverness? Aren't there houses there? Do they mean the southeast corner?

June 15, 2016 at 2:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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