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Mon, Sept. 16

Letter: Parents at fault

Editor:

This is regarding Stanley C. Brown’s letter on Aug. 15 titled “Separation From Parents.” Mr. Brown says being separated from his parents for an hour at a fair in 1932 left a “life long dark spot on my psyche.” So he thinks President Trump should be charged with child abuse for separating children from their parents at the border.

I was lost at a mall once as a small child, and had forgotten the incident until I read his letter. I don’t think most people suffer a lifelong trauma from this. It is not the president enforcing US laws that is separating families, it is uncaring parents. My parents, and my wife and I, lived our lives for our children. We only moved in the summer between school years, and the first priority was the school district. When we bought a car the first priority was the children’s safety. I think most parents are like us.

Now what if I wanted to illegally sneak into Canada, and knew that if I got caught I could be separated from my children. I would NEVER take that chance. No matter how bad things are, losing my kids would be worse. I don’t think the United Sates, the president, or the border guards should be charged with child abuse. I think that any parent that would do anything that could result in losing their children should be charged with child abuse.

Randy West

Prescott

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