Letters to the Editor

How would you treat refugees

The tragic story of the refugee crisis is very upsetting to everyone. Refugees and economic migrants are streaming from north Africa, Syria and Afghanistan through eastern and western Europe to more prosperous countries in the European Union.

What is the reason this crisis upsets you? Here in the United States, especially in the heartland, the crisis is mostly an academic or emotional issue. However you feel about the issue, consider this scenario:

Imagine that an apocalyptic assemblage of sharknados strikes St. Louis and St. Louis County. The sudden devastation is so great that more than 50 percent of all the people of St. Louis and St. Louis County suddenly flee en mass across the Mississippi river bridges with the intent of living permanently in Southwestern Illinois. These people are jobless and homeless, coming with only the clothes on their backs and a few personal items.

How would you, the residents of St. Clair and Madison counties, react to this sudden influx of displaced persons? Would you welcome these Missourians into your towns and villages? Would you open your home to them? Or, would you insist on some restrictions, registration and tracking of these people? Would you want to close the bridges?

David J. Busse, Maryville