To the editor:

Mike Hamilton has insisted he is only being humorous in his current Hamilton Farms sign when he says: No Mexican Olympic Teams: All the runners and swimmers are here. Clearly, he has manufactured this slur to advance his ultra-conservative political agenda. There is nothing funny about denigrating our sisters and brothers, many of whom did not inherit farms but do work very hard to sustain us who, by privilege of birth, have had advantages Mexican nationals and millions of other U.S. citizens have not and never will.

My immigrant students and international students at Centralia College are respectful, hardworking and contributing members of our community. I hope the holiday season will wear away some of the cynicism about the quality of others lives one sees while driving through Lewis County on Interstate 5.

Slurs are a form of pollution.

Don Foran,

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