I read with interest the comments Ms. Liz Meador made in her column of Jan. 13 concerning the building materials that make up a wall.

Her analogy of a wall between two farmers in New England and our border with Mexico does not seem appropriate. Had Robert Frost’s neighbor had cows that came over and ate his garden or pigs that came over and rooted up his lawn, he would have had a different view of the need for a wall. In his poem, there was no need for a wall. There is no wall between Canada and America because there is no need for a wall.

The situation on our southern border has been an out-of-control problem for decades, so what has become routine can hardly be called a crisis. And if a wall is unethical, as one distinguished congresswoman has stated, then why don’t we tear down the walls that are already built in some places along the border? And if the wall is unethical, heaven forbid that we allow armed guards to patrol the border.

The few examples the president gave in his speech about the illegal immigrants who commit horrible crimes should be all the justification needed to build a wall or take any other measures necessary to keep anyone from entering the country illegally. A government that allows one illegal immigrant to enter the country and harm one of its citizens has failed all of its citizens.

But the real crisis in America is not on the southern border. Our problems are much greater. America is spiritually, morally and economically bankrupt. God has been thrown out of the country. The result is that we as a nation are leaderless, and we will continue to be so for as long as we fail to live by simple Biblical teachings such as “Come, let us reason together,” find common ground, do all things for the good of the people instead of the party. God is not going to sneak across one of our borders. If we want Him to return, we as individuals and as a nation must demonstrate that we want Him to be at the center of all that we do.

JAY BARBER

Goldsboro