Julie Dempster: Keep words in mind when discussing Mexico


In the conversation regarding the Spanish pages in the Craig Daily Press, there are some words that I feel need to be kept in mind.

Poverty: round 40 percent of Mexico's population lives below the poverty line; in the United States that number is approximately 12 percent. he "absolute poverty line" is the threshold below which families or individuals are considered to be lacking the resources to meet the basic needs for healthy living; having insufficient income to provide the food, shelter and clothing needed to preserve health. (wikipedia.org)

Community: A group living and interacting with one another in a particular environment. The individuals in a community affect each other's abundance, distribution, and evolutionary adaptation.

Compassion: the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it.

I feel this discussion has been less about the Spanish pages, and more about the perception that immigrants don't have to assimilate into American society. ne man's letter cast shame on "any person for thinking it is America's responsibility to extend any privilege to anyone living here that does not take the time to learn this country's language and culture." To me the shame would be if we didn't extend our hand to help our neighbor.

The main reason people migrate away from their homeland is to better their lives. hat doesn't mean they have to abandon their language, customs or culture. am particularly proud of the fact that people escaping from violence or poverty in their homeland can come to the United States and still retain pride in their heritage.

I believe part of what can make this country great is its diversity and open-mindedness.

I am thankful that the Craig Daily Press has recognized this growing demographic in our community and has continued striving to inform and educate instead of ignore and alienate.

Julie Dempster


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