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Letter: Illegal by any other name is still wrong

Elizabeth Gritzmacher and Emma Howland-Bolton need to know that I am not biased in any way, shape or form on race, creed or color.

I grew up believing these are superficial things and the person's character, integrity and honesty are the keys to what a person is.

I am not a skilled writer nor am I as proficient in the English language as these two ladies seem to be. But that does not matter. It boils down to one word. That word is "illegal."

This is a law-abiding country, or at least I learned to think that and I served in the Marine Corps for 27 years to defend that thought.

Now it seems that political correctness takes precedent over the truth or legality of something. Yet, this language has a way of changing with the mood of the people who teach it. Basic legal words never change their meaning.

Years ago we had a term "colored people." Then it changed to "Blacks" and then to "Afro-Americans" and now to "African Americans." We also had several names we called the Latinos or Hispanics. Why don't people call Gritzmacher a German-American or me a French-American. We are all Americans and that is a legal term.

The word "illegal" is a legal term that that denotes someone who does something illegal.

Several million people from countries south of us have entered this country illegally, and are costing us billions of dollars in excess costs for health care, food stamps, welfare and education expenses.

If they enter illegally, what is wrong with calling them "illegals."

Let's stop playing mind games. I feel so sorry for our children growing up with this political correctness.

Jack Du Bois, Prescott

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