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Voice: The fallacy of denying your own opinions

May 08, 2001

Reading Lucy Munger's letter, I could not help but notice the fallacy in her opinions, which I like to call "the fallacy of denying your own opinions." Munger speaks against expensive autopsies and costly medical expenses with which illegals burden taxpayers. Then Munger, would you not agree that putting lifelines in the All-American Canal and bottles of water in the desert are excellent ideas, seeing as they would reduce the number of illegals who die or become severely injured as they try to cross the border?

Now in reference to a letter by Mr. Tylenda, who argues that the lifelines are against the very role of the U.S. Border Patrol. Well, what is the role of the Border Patrol? Tylenda remarks that it is to defend the integrity of the national boundary. Why must this be done? Tylenda again answers this for us, remarking it "is vital to (this country's) very existence."

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Doesn't it follow then, that the role of the USBP is to protect the lives of Americans? And since the border is necessary for our existence, then isn't the USBP most concerned with saving American lives? One who is most concerned with saving American lives, is it not the case that such a person is most likely to be concerned with saving lives in general?

Consider a man drowning in the All-American Canal. Is it not the case that a person most concerned with saving American lives will jump into the water and save the drowning man, seeing as that there is a possibility that the drowning man might be an American? Or can you look at any person and tell if he is an American or not? I think not, thus a person most concerned with saving American lives is also concerned with saving lives in general.

Thus, it follows that the USBP is concerned with saving lives in general. Therefore, because of this and also since some Americans drown in the All-American Canal, as Mr. Rubio pointed out, putting lifelines in the canals is consistent with the role of the USBP.

LEOBARDO ROSALES

San Diego

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