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Kit Sang Boos: Lessons learned as an immigrant child


Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Lessons learned asan immigrant child

These are indeed worrisome times. I remember learning these sayings as an immigrant child: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me, and actions speak louder than words.

This president’s words have been mostly false and silly and loud. A president’s words can hurt, and instill fear. The president’s actions are the most worrisome, and consequential. Especially when they are not guided by high principles and coherent policies, but by “Fox & Friends,” deal-making, winning, and “America First.”

Yet the real natives of this country are not part of his “America First.” The Native Americans don’t want the Keystone pipeline to encroach on their sacred lands or endanger their tribal water supply, but President Trump deemed them second-class citizens by reauthorizing the pipeline.

Every day, my incredulity grows at this White House’s ignorance of history and willful disregard of facts.

Recently, on these Opinion pages, there have been many calls and ideas for citizens to step up to help the environment, the health and social safety net, science, and sundry areas under attack by this administration. Take heed – no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. This country needs all the help it can get from concerned citizens.

That’s democracy — of the people and by the people and for the people. That’s what I learned as an immigrant child.

Kit Sang Boos

Northampton