I am impressed by letter writer Doug Bafford's well-presented, sympathetic point of view on the subject of multiculturalism in the United States ("Multiculturalism is not the enemy of democracy," June 7).
However, the fact is that the problems with multiculturalism are hardening in the U.S. — especially when those problems have been accepted wholesale by the more liberal among us. The maintenance of separate cultural enclaves has become a threat to our country in a way that it never was before.
We simply must concentrate on protecting the merging of cultures that has been the source of our nation's character and strength in the past, not on new ventures that harden our differences.
John Gillan, Parkville