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I'll take every Syrian refugee in my town if it'll keep Mr. Schwotzer out

To The Daily Sun,

In response to David Schwotzer's letter published Oct. 21, I would take all the Syrian refugees into my town if it meant keeping you out.

In your article you say that Syria was taken over by some of the worst people you have ever seen in your lifetime but your ignorance won't allow you to see why these refugees are so desperate to leave.

You and I live in a country that everyone else wants to. Do you know why? It's because of people like Dick Devens, Jack Landow and Bernadette Loesch. They have big hearts and open minds. This is what continues to make this country so great.

Perhaps (Mr. Schwotzer), you should go spend some time in Syria and maybe while you're there you'll find a little of both.

Todd Welch


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Capitalism also created deep divide between super rich & others

To The Daily Sun,

The Wall Street Journal has commented about Pope Frances' visit: "How ironic it is to see progressives claiming the pope as an evangelist for their agenda. These opportunists are seizing on the views they like and ignoring the church's teachings on abortion, same-sex marriage, and all of that catechistic unpleasantness. But perhaps the pope's visit to the land of the free will educate him about the benefits of capitalism. Economic freedom has not only created wealth that has lifted millions out of poverty, it is also — if history is any guide — our best hope of creating the resources to deal with climate change. The pope may speak for God on matters of faith and morals, but his infallibility does not extend to economics or environmentalism."

Is one of the "benefits of capitalism" the ability of Martin Shkreli, 32-year-old CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, to raise the price of Daraprim 5,500 percent, from $13.50 per tablet to $750?

"Economic freedom" may have lifted millions of people out of poverty, but created a deep divide between the super-rich and the rest of us.

When it comes to the environment, the economic freedom of land-grabbing for the purpose of making money by turning bio-diverse land into soil-depleting monocultures is making a mess of the earth. I think that Pope Francis knows more about the environment than does the Wall Street Journal.

Dick Devens
Center Sandwich

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