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History lesson

Interesting observation regarding the writing public in Richard Carnes’ “Happy Valley”: Ever notice the brighter bulbs write letters with their signatures and the ones who are not exactly rocket scientists prefer anonymous Tipslines?

One recent shining example: “I’d rather have an educated illegal living in the United States than an uneducated Caucasian. … Think about what the United States took away in particular from the people who are from Mexico.”

Please repeat that? This rocket scientist would “rather have educated illegals here than uneducated Caucasians” because the U.S. “took” the Southwest territories from them?

These territories that this anonymous R.S. is referring to were originally called New Spain, not Mexico, and Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla started a bloody revolution in 1810 over the New Spain territories, killing and forcing out the Spaniards. In 1821 Spain agreed to Mexican independence and ceded the territories to them.

Continuing on, historically speaking, the United States bought the southwestern territories for $15 million from Mexico in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on Feb. 2, 1848. These territories include Texas, California, Utah, Colorado and most of New Mexico and Arizona. They then were ceded to the U.S. by the Mexico-U.S. purchase agreement.

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I have to agree that apparently some us are uneducated after reading the Tipslines of late.

Marty Lich

Gypsum

Missed chance

The Chinese embassy blocked media agencies known for revealing human rights violations in China from covering Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s recent visit to America.

The Chinese government uses its propaganda machine to paint a negative image of religious leaders to diminish public sympathy for persecuted populations.

China’s detention of Falun Gong practitioners in forced-labor camps, where many have been tortured or killed, is well documented. Consequently, the Chinese government seeks to discredit the spiritual practice in order to protect the image of the Communist Party.

It is disturbing that China was able to block media coverage right here in the United States, as the premier’s visit could have provided an opportunity to promote American values. Clearly, China is afraid to address its human rights record out in the open, but it is unlikely to make improvements without public scrutiny.

China’s obstruction of U.S.-based media is truly an opportunity lost, an opportunity that would be non-existent in China.

Leejun Ivie

Avon