To the editor: One front-page article reports on Hollywood celebrating its diversity, while another piece reveals the true goal of the White House: President Trump wants to target people who won't assimilate. ("The real goal of Trump's executive orders: Reduce the number of immigrants in the U.S.," Feb. 28)
Is this a case of "be like me for my convenience" or punishment for being different? Is a homogeneous nation possible? Desirable?
My identity is inherent. It goes wherever I go, in or out of the country. There is no reason I need to sacrifice it for someone's comfort or master plan. Changing one's name or clothes is external and a choice, as is the choice to lay aside or transmit to one's children the history, suffering, beliefs and joys of one's ancestors and culture.
People do what they have to do to survive, but their hearts are not government property.
Roni Roseberg, San Bernardino
To the editor: Perhaps if Trump and his Bannonite tribe of nativists wish to truly reduce "domestic terror strikes," they should first avoid stoking racist tendencies among native-born white Americans, like the kind gentleman in Kansas accused of killing an engineer from India last week and wounding two others.
Since the vast majority of homeland "terror strikes" are facilitated by use of guns and military-style assault weapons, Trump and his supporters might focus more eagerly on keeping guns out of the native-born hands of those wishing to harm fellow Americans rather than keeping nonwhites out of America.
Michael Schneider, Laguna Beach
To the editor: In this article, Trump is quoted as asking several years ago why more people from Europe are not coming to the U.S. He declares that they are not being let in.
Residents of most European countries enjoy better public schools, affordable college, universal healthcare, living wages, stronger social services, a shorter election cycle and better beer. In short, they have a better quality of life.
Why would anyone in Europe want to abandon that to come live in the Wild West?
Michael Krubiner, Valley Village