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

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Peyton Cook

Calling the border detention facilities “concentration camps” is the Extreme Left’s way of politicizing the crisis on the Southern border. Bill Clinton signed the bill creating the facilities, both Bush and Obama separated children until family ties were confirmed, but Trump gets blamed for doing the same thing. Now his is keeping these “families together until family ties are confirmed. The drug cartel have used the method of sending what looks like families as a means of eventually using them as part of the scheme to flood the nation with drugs once these families are released into the US.

ken leary

I think Auschwitz was an extermination camp. If a government concentrates people in a confined space against their will for the purpose of processing them why can't the condition be defined as a concentration camp? Does it make you feel better if the term internment camp is used? What kind of people do you think apply for a job with the border patrol? Any perverts? Any psychopaths? Near do wells? Racists? I don't think a decent person would take the job if there were options. And I'm no liberal. Liberals may be down with you.

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