While President Tsai Ing-wen's congratulatory call to President-elect Donald Trump has generated some concern over future U.S.-China relations, Taiwan remains devoted to its role as regional peacemaker and the belief that Taiwan-US relations and cross-strait relations are extremely important to peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific ("Chat with Taiwan leader stokes fears of Trump crossing Chinese red lines," Trudy Rubin, Dec. 10). A free democracy, Taiwan has been a staunch guardian of regional peace and hopes to increase its global contributions through further participation in the international community.
|Brian Su, deputy director general, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, New York, NY, email@example.com
I lost my purse when dining in town last Saturday night. Fortunately, I thought, I only had my debit card and driver's license in it. After looking all over and backtracking, we gave up and cancelled the bank card. On Wednesday, I stopped and got a replacement license, but when I got home there was a hand-addressed box for me. Upon opening it, I discovered not only my purse, my wallet, my debit card, and my license, but also my cash.
There was also the most thoughtful, personal note signed by "A Passing Gentleman." The last two lines were very special: "My actions were in the best intention and I hope I have not caused you any unwanted distress. May this package find you in good health and bring you some comfort in an already chaotic world." So, a true Christmas miracle!
|Debra K. Amoroso, Blue Bell
I'm concerned about the impact of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign pledge to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. I believe we can, and must, get tough on border security. But deporting hundreds of thousands of "Dreamers" living in the United States isn't tough. It's economically unwise and targets the innocent.
Dreamers grew up here, have jobs here, and feel a deep attachment to this country. America offered them a chance at a better life. That fact is not lost on immigrants of all generations.
Ending legal status and deporting hundreds of thousands of people will create extreme chaos in our economy, as thousands of businesses lose employees and customers. It could be the trigger for the next economic recession. It is not a practical solution.
|Richard C. Aigeldinger, Collegeville
I am reading with interest the 12-part Inquirer series "Bill of Rights at 225." Thursday was Bill of Rights Day. How important is a series like this in educating the public? A number of years ago, a poll commissioned by the American Bar Association found that only 33 percent of adult Americans could correctly identify the amendments that make up the Bill of Rights. ce survey!
It has been said that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Being educated on the issues is a prerequisite to vigilance.
|Len Perlman, Philadelphia
David Keene's commentary on the Second Amendment is completely the National Rifle Association interpretation ("Heller ruling is just a start on gun rights," Dec. 13). Will you also be publishing what states can do to stop the wholesale shooting that has taken place over the last several years?
Such measures, no matter how reasonable, are lobbied against by people like Keene in the name of Second Amendment rights. Even background checks have been targeted by the NRA.
When the NRA takes the position that military weapons are OK for ordinary people to own, I wonder what the rest of us can hope for.
|Charlotte Glauser, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org
I was disappointed that the Inquirer chose to relegate its article "After 14 years, Army gets win" to page D6 of the Dec. 11 Sports section. Coverage of these college athletes should rank higher; they deserve to be promoted to front-page reporting.