The patchwork quilt

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  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Oct. 28, 2011 4:15 a.m.

    Poor analogy. The argument has always been to come here legally and obey our laws.

    Nice quilt, how would she feel if someone stole the other squares so they could replace them with stolen purple ones?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    Marginalise the religion. Let the people come together based on what they have in common, not what they don't.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Irony guy,
    I guess you missed the catch-all "etc" and the "all the other traits you mention" in my prior comment. Since Mr. Myer said "gay", that would be included. No need to stir up more hornets nests than have already been stirred.

    Arm of Orion,
    when good men say nothing, evil wins. So no, I will not be silent on illegal immigration. When you point out illegals pay into SS, you are admitting they are guilty of identity theft, which is much worse than speeding. You are also silent on how much they cost our society.

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    Lost in DC I would like to point out that illegal immigrants contribute over $2 billion annually to social security that they will never be able to collect on. The immigrants are also for the most part just as law abiding as you or I their first offense is an administrative one akin to your most recent speeding offense, less severe in some cases. So could you please calm the diatribe it is rather dull at this point.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    @lost in DC | 12:07 p.m. Oct. 27, 2011

    "You KNOW he was talking about illegal immigrants"


    That is correct.

    I fully concur with lost in DC's statements.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Oct. 27, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    to Lost in DC: but not sexual orientation?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    lane myer
    no, if caught they MIGHT be deported, most likely not.

    You KNOW he was talking about illegal immigrants, who are NOT law abiding or tax paying. They may be Americans (having been born somewhere in North, Central, or South America) but they are not US citizens or even here legally.

    All the other traits you mention are welcome among legal residents - cultures, ideas, faiths, free speech, etc are welcome regardless of color, creed, or origin.

  • Lane Myer Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 8:46 a.m.


    Those people are taken out of our quilt by placing them in prison.

    Those who are just a little different (atheists, gays, muslims, blacks, etc.) are just a different shape to be added to our quilt. They are law-abiding, tax paying citizens who just have different cultures, ideas, faith or not than you do. They are still Americans, with all the rights and privileges that you enjoy. That includes the right to protest. That includes the right to love someone that they pick. That includes free speech. That includes worshipping according to the dictates of their own conscience - or not worshipping.

    Values, intentions, and purposes are very individual. Are we not allowed to pursue happiness however we want to as long as it does not harm another? Must we all fit you idea of what a good American is? Or are we a nation that allows for the individual?


  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    It's a good letter -- and true.

    But when I read the headline, I thought I'd be reading about redistricting in Utah.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    Great letter. Too many fear others who are not like them. No need.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Oct. 27, 2011 7:04 a.m.

    Wonderful piece. Thank you.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    Here's the problem, George. We've got some patches that don't actually want to be part of the quilt. They do not share certain values, intentions, and purposes which unite the patches of this unique quilt into a valuable whole despite the diversity of each patch relative to another.

    Instead, they remain tied, by several threads, to a different quilt, another quilt, a lesser quilt -- the quilt from whence they came.

    They desire not to cut themselves from this lesser quilt, but rather to pull it in, not in order to join it with the prized, multi-colored quilt, but in order to obscure and replace it.