Letter to the Editor: Commentary on border wall has nothing to do with reality

The commentary piece written by Reid Beveridge, entitled “Playing Politics Around The Border Wall” (DSN Jan. 10, 2019), is a fairy tale that has nothing to do with reality.

Although I could refute all of what he said with historical details and facts of reality let me focus on just one thing: the effectiveness of (Trump’s) border wall. With just Internet access on my smartphone I did a search on two phrases, “image border wall breech” and “image border wall climb over,” and within three minutes had many pictures and images of border walls and border wall prototypes that also showed actual people climbing over the walls.

Many links brought me to stories that also reported how tests showed that common tools could be used to easily breech or circumvent or cut through these border walls. Past history reports that tunnels have been dug under the walls that already exist. As a kid I helped my father, who was a painter, stand up long wooden painters’ extension ladders against house walls easily in less than one minute.

It is clear to me that there are only two possible benefits from Trump’s border wall: 1) a windfall profit to the businesses doing the construction, and 2) increased warm-fuzzy emotional feelings in Trump and his supporters who are all emotionally stirred up over the symbolism of a campaign promise hyped-up to be more important than it really is.

Arthur E. Sowers

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