Good for John R. Lamb ["Spin Cycle," July 9] for going to the court hearing regarding the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club, which cleared up none of my questions about the takeover of the local chapter by its national office. I would like to know what schism within the chapter caused this unfortunate outcome and will look to CityBeat for the story, since no one else seems to be talking.
For the first time since 1981, I have declined to renew my Sierra Club membership because of this draconian maneuver by the national office. John Stump is an activist, as you said, but I also know that he is, himself, a lawyer and sometimes a purposely provocative figure. I'd really like to know what happened here and whether I can re-up in good conscience. Or do I have to wait out the fouryear suspension.
Frances O'Neill Zimmerman, La Jolla
We need these kids
Regarding your July 9 editorial: Whatever happened to "Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; The wretched refuse of your teeming shore / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"?
This is what made the United States the country it is. Immigrants from all over the world, taking a giant and risky leap of faith and coming to a new country to try to make a life for themselves. Correct me if I am wrong, but is it not the first- and second-generation kids that work so hard in school, at any jobs they can get (many of which no one else will consider taking) and go on to become pillars of our working class?
And what have we come to when we are protesting against terrified children who are desperately seeking asylum in our wealthy country? How selfcentered and heartless have we become?
But put aside all of those arguments. We do not have enough children to support our aging baby boomers. Why would we turn away young people who are eager to grow up, make a living here, pay taxes and pay into social security? We need children in this country. Children are the future and the lifeblood and the wealth of a country, and we're getting volunteers! In my humble opinion, we should be sending "Thank you" messages to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Valerie Hansen, East Villiage
Will Faulconer act?
After reading your July 9 editorial about the immigration protests in Murrieta, I posted this on Kevin Faulconer's Facebook page: "Has anyone in the Faulconer camp read the CityBeat editorial? Why isn't Kevin acting on the child-immigration issue? Is he going to sit by and tentatively and weakly allow the frothing-at-the-mouth idiots to yell at women and children to go home!'? Or is he going to put up and act as the more moderate Republican he claims to be? Where are your cojones, Kevin?"
Aaron Buckley, Ocean Beach
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