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Letters to the editor, April 5

American way

Reynolds Griffith [DRC, March 19] claims that I am attempting to justify President Obama’s abuse of power by comparing the number of executive orders that he has issued to the number by previous presidents.

I am that writer. I will expand the number of executive orders that have been issued by presidential powers. The first was issued by George Washington and they have been used as a tool of executive power by practically every president since.

That is a fact and not more rabid right-wing rhetoric.

Ask yourself, is Lee Nahrgang’s [DRC, March 17] claim “that we are half slave and half free” fact or rhetoric?

Alice Gore [DRC, March 21] claims the Obama administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to the United States — now people considered to have provided “limited material support” to terrorist groups are no longer automatically barred from the United States.

This is true, but she conveniently leaves out a statement from Homeland Security “that the rules changes, which were announced last week and not made in concert with Congress, gives the government more discretion, but would not open the country to terrorists or their sympathizers. ...

“People seeking refugee status, asylum and visas including those already in the United States, still will be checked to make sure they don’t pose a threat to national security or public safety.”

Each case will be decided on its own merit. Is this not the American way?

John Nance Garner, Denton