FROM OUR READERS
The Pacific Citizen:
I should like to remind the California Japanese that the thousands of friends who came to wave "goodbye" in 1942 when they saw them off on the train are still their friends. Real friendship is not such a weak thing that minings by fascists in certain newspapers can break it up.
Your neighbors in Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and other warm California valleys know that you always had a grand record as law-abiding citizens and that your sons are off fighting America's battles.
I used to teach your children in school and I hate to think that many of you are planning on leaving this really beautiful state. No matter where you go there may be a few who understand nothing of democracy, raving around, but for every unjust person you will find a hundred good people ready to help and pull for you to reestablish yourselves.
I can see where some of you have grown bitter—but nothing is to be gained by such an attitude.
Just remember that war is cruel and hard. Come back and join your hands and hearts and we will eliminate war, greed and racial hates. All is not lost—true democracy has to win out as it is right.
I live at Lemon Grove, Rt. 1, Box 400 B. If I can be of any help in any way call on me. I, like other thousands, am ready to help good people get back to the good clean soil of California.
Source: Pacific Citizen, Saturday, March 10, 1945, page 5