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Re: “A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children

The BP agent sounds like a decent man trapped in a job that has turned into something he did not sign up for. But the culture of the BP is that they operate with impunity. They are instructed NOT to speak publicly unless it is scripted, or they fear loosing their jobs. This is not the root of our immigration problem by any means, but it is not a positive working culture for a nation whose foundation is based on the freedom of speech. Apparently only Trump gets to exercise free speech without consequences. In a working environment that lack of freedom and the overwhelming chaotic non response to the reality of this global situation creates a dismal and unhealthy level of employee morale which cannot be good for the agents or the migrants. We not only don't care about our neighbors seeking a better life, but we don't care about the BP agents attempting to negotiate their way through this shit storm. My country tis of thee sweet land of liberty.....What a load of crap.

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Posted by ronko on 07/17/2019 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Living below the margins does not necessarily equal stupidity or ignorance, just as living in poverty also does not earn the hatred and cultural bias/demonization that keeps this part of our culture marginalized. So many of the people you write about have intelligence beyond street smarts, and a sensitivity toward humanity that seems to be in the state of atrophy in our general "I've got mine" culture. The characters in this essay are our brothers and sisters, just like us all at one time were some couples sweet little baby girl and boy.

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Posted by ronko on 07/04/2019 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Good one.
Our culture often prides itself on personal, creative, individuality and identity...until the person next to us is different. Margie Bakker walks the walk of independent thinking, individuality, creative resourcefulness, intelligence and most importantly, universal love for all. Is she interested in running for president?

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Posted by ronko on 06/20/2019 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

The people, our neighbors often easily ignored, transformed interesting and genuine by your words Brian. Thanks for uncovering our humanity, flesh and bone.

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Posted by ronko on 01/10/2019 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Very good and timely piece.

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Posted by ronko on 12/13/2018 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Just not sure what to do with this...

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Posted by ronko on 11/30/2018 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

"I'm extremely ready for death."
"But I did ask God to take me gently when I go."

These last 2 sentences paint Alexander Folk's portrait.

Nicely written.

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Posted by ronko on 10/04/2018 at 8:48 AM

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