May day care center survive this challenge
Our two daughters attend Jardin Magico, the day care center recently targeted in an immigration audit (“Spanish day cares in Twin Cities roiled by ICE audit,” July 17). Before our first daughter was born, we searched our neighborhood for a day care we felt good about, but were disappointed that other centers felt disorganized or depressingly institutional. We were thrilled to find Jardin Magico, where the staff continually impresses us with their professionalism, compassion and buoyant camaraderie, even in the face of this current challenge. They convey daily what we know to be true: caring for children is vitally important.
Our kids respond in kind. As one mom told me the other day, “I think my daughter loves [her teacher] almost as much as she loves us!” We are terribly saddened by the potential loss of our beloved caregivers.
In a larger context, Jardin Magico is also a dynamic and successful minority business, which offers a valuable program of Spanish immersion at a critical stage in language development. Its teachers are uniquely qualified for their jobs. It is a sad irony that legislation for comprehensive immigration reform is stalled in Congress. Our entire community will be diminished if we continue to live with our current broken system.
SONJA SHARP, Minneapolis
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Scrutiny doesn’t reflect attorney’s character
Bill Butler is my dad. A July 11 article (“Exasperated judges take on attorney”) painted him as a con man or charlatan, making it seem as though he lures clients with lies, then bleeds them of their money while promising the impossible. This just isn’t true. My dad is a good person. Of course I am biased because he is my dad and I love him, but I also know him better than any of you, and I can attest to his character. He is trying to help people save their homes. He is truthful about what he is doing, and always has been. He is being sanctioned for trying to help the victims of a financial crisis while the banks are held unaccountable. He says he will not pay the sanctions, and he won’t — not because he is greedy or unscrupulous, but because it would go against everything he believes in.
I helped out at my dad’s law firm for a couple of weeks this summer, and I know that many of his cases are done for free or highly discounted. Every client I talked to or met at his office was happy with the work he is doing. His employees believe in him 100 percent.
In the courtroom, I saw firsthand looks of contempt and anger on judges’ faces before the trials even began. It seemed they had made up their minds about him before he even had a chance to present his case. This is a David-and-Goliath story of a man fighting with everything he has for what he believes in, not the story of a greedy lawyer.
I am not trying to vilify anyone, and I understand the judges are doing their jobs. Nor am I just a daughter parroting my father’s rhetoric. There have been times when I have rolled my eyes at him or doubted his odds, but I have never doubted his moral character, and people who know him would agree.
MARGARET BUTLER, Minneapolis
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