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Re: Immigrants (Non LBC)

Subject: Re: Immigrants (Non LBC)
From: Bob Shaw <>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 07:06:08 -0500
I've generally stayed quiet lately, but feel compelled to say a few 
things about the recent incidents. I do not mean to direct this to 
any list individual. They are just some observations.

I live in Lincoln Nebraska. We have long been a center of 
immigration. In the last 15 years we have received large numbers of 
immigrants form Iraq, Vietnam, and Russia. We now have more Nguyens 
than Smiths in the phone book (I know, I was curious and I counted).

Most came because they had to. Most are hard working, have gone about 
the business of business, and have become an asset to Lincoln. Most 
would, in the best of all worlds, have stayed in their home country, 
but survival meant that they had to leave. Many cannot return under 
penalty of death. Many tell me they are grateful for a place of 
freedom where it is good to have a family and a chance to make their 

Their reasons are not that different than those of my own family. 
They still honor the traditions and culture of their country of 
origin-so do my wife's family and my own. But during the events of 
last week, those who are from the middle east have told me the great 
evil has followed them here. We must not allow this.

Lady Liberty has been there, a beacon of freedom for all of the world 
for about half of our history. From where she stands one could see 
pile of rubble where the WTC once was. What a pity it would be if we 
allowed the actions of a few, made insane by hatred, to put our 
history of tolerance and assimilation on the same pile of debris. The 
great evil would win. We must not allow this to happen.

Bob Shaw
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