In response to Mr. Michael Blum’s letter to the editor, “Drama on the Municipal Channel”, I offer the following response: I watched the June town board meeting, as he suggested, and commend Mr. Blum and others who had the courage to speak publicly on a topic they feel very strongly about.
With all due respect, the petition to make Somers a town that is “inclusive” is totally unnecessary. The actions of our emergency service professionals and our elected officials speak for themselves. Putting it in writing means nothing; as the adage goes, actions speak louder than words!
We are a country of laws and as such inclusive within the laws that govern us. An “undocumented immigrant” is the politically correct term for an illegal immigrant, according to our laws. I believe the following quote says it best:
“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 1907