TO THE EDITOR:

     Thank you for the editorial you published including the story of my grandfather Gustav Klatt (“Ripon man’s ‘moving’ tale challenges merit-based immigration bill,” Nov. 30, 2017).

     He definitely was a hardworking, proud immigrant who built a life for his family and served his community.

     It did not matter that he could not read or write. This illiterate man forged ahead with dignity and married the love of his life (my grandmother Ida) and produced two sons — my uncle Raymond, who graduated from high school and became a carpenter and built dozens of homes in the Green Lake area, and my father Erwin (Gus), who graduated from Ripon College and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1936. ...

     Our president certainly would not be able to relate to or understand the unselfish sacrifice my grandfather would make for his family, his community and his country when  he came to America with nothing as a child in 1873. ...

     I am not sure grandpa would have been as enthusiastic about moving the “Birthplace of the Republican Party” if President Trump was in office.

—  Ron Klatt
Neenah

     To read the entire letter, see the Jan. 11, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.