By Ken Esten Cooke
Immigrants, whether voluntary or in a refugee situation, have always had a rough go. Irish, Italians, Polish and many others were always viewed with a degree of derision by those who had been here longer.
Even some long-settled Germans were viewed with suspicion when their Vaterland was at war in the last century.
It seems fear is the biggest motivator of opinion today, especially among our presidential hopefuls hoping for air time. And if we let it, could well be a driver of policy.
People are scared, understandably so. But we shouldn’t let fear become larger than ourselves, our values, no matter the threat. One has to admire the French response to the recent attacks in Paris: Go out and enjoy “liberte, egalite, fraternite” (liberty, equality, fraternity).