I suppose Bob Curtis thinks he is being cute with his sarcastic response to Craig Dunlop’s earlier letter in The Pilot questioning the use of the term “concentration camp” to describe the detention centers on our southern border used to temporarily house illegal immigrants in our country. Mr. Curtis repeats the usual tripe about children being kept in “cages,” being fed psychotropic drugs, and (perish the thought!), being denied “hugs” and even toothbrushes. This kind of inflammatory anecdotal nonsense can best be described by the emanations from the back end of a male bovine.
But what is really offensive is that Mr. Curtis actually attempts to defend the use of the term “concentration camp” in this context. Mr. Curtis pulls out his Funk and Wagnalls (actually dictionary.com) to provide us with a dictionary definition, conveniently in total disregard of how loaded a term that is in common parlance to anyone with even a modicum of understanding of still recent history. Listen to an Auschwitz survivor, or visit what everyone understands to be a real concentration camp, and try to insensitively compare the southern border facilities to them.
While our immigration policies are disgraceful, the policies themselves are no more disgraceful than the failure to address them by our do-nothing Congress, or than the ignorant, inflammatory descriptions of immigration facilities by politically motivated liberals masquerading as caring individuals.
William Muller, Pinehurst