Your column by Larry Anderson of 2/15/19, “My Word: Our peculiar nation” seems to defend Donald Trump rather than Nancy Pelosi in the fight over a “Wall”. I have seen proof she is in the right regarding the effectiveness of a wall.

On 1/10/19, Trump went to the Texas border and met with border patrol. They showed him a picture of a wall - with a tunnel beneath it. Obviously not a great deterrent. Walls may deter poor migrants, but obviously not professional smugglers and other criminals.

A total waste of taxpayer money in a time of stratospheric deficits.

–– Martin Walsh

Glendale, Missouri