Thank you

Many thanks to Congressman John Moolenaar for his compassionate recent article in the Chaldean News. He correctly points out the hardship to our community when deporting Chaldeans who may have committed offenses decades ago, but have since built a law-abiding life, especially if they have U.S. born spouses and kids. We should all thank him for his efforts in introducing a bipartisan House resolution calling for the end of those detentions. I would also urge the Congressman to look at the source of the problem: a rather harsh immigration law enacted in 1996 where someone might be uprooted from his family and deported to another country he hardly knows. This might happen due to mistakes or conviction for offenses U.S. citizen might only get probation for. While the Chaldean community experienced the harshness of this law first hand, many others of different nationalities had been equally affected and suffered by it. Let’s be more compassionate to those who may have committed mistakes long time ago, but had since repented, paid their dues to society, and have since established a new, law-abiding life.

– N. Peter Antone

Many thanks!

I would like to thank the Chaldean News for recognizing the Chaldean Cultural Center (CCC) and the opening of its Museum as one of the main highlights of 2017 that affected the Chaldean community.  It was a long time in coming but our goal was to make it a true, credible museum with state of the art exhibits and media.  I would like to just clarify a point. 

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Letter of protest

I wish to protest in the strongest possible terms the article by Michael Sarafa entitled “Seminarian professor challenges Pope Francis” (October 27, 2017), which was based on misinformation. Why was Sacred Heart Major Seminary not contacted first to get the facts straight? Why was I not contacted personally? Some weeks ago, the rector of the seminary released a communique to all priests in the Archdiocese setting the record straight and clearing up this misunderstanding.

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A Letter to the Chaldean Community

I feel an urgent need to reach out to our community leaders and the entire Chaldean community! Last week I buried my nephew, only 26 years old.  His life ended too soon due to a drug overdose.  My family is devastated by the tragic loss of our loved one. I wanted you to know that this problem has not only touched our family, but has become a problem throughout our community. The Opiate/narcotic crisis in our community is as real as it gets. Our children, young adults, and adults are starting to experiment with drugs like never before. They’re starting with prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, to name a few. 

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Two wise editorials

Thanks to Mike Sarafa for two wise editorials: “Be careful what you ask for” and “Red white and blue better than green.” I have two comments: First, those who vote strictly on one issue might be allowing hypocrite politicians to try to manipulate the issue. For example,  I would not be surprised if many politicians who run on holier than thou value platforms would be the first to seek abortion for their teenage daughters if any gets into a mistaken pregnancy that threatens her future plans. 

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