Muslims at our core?
President Obama released this quote at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (an occurrence unknown to the vast majority of Americans until 2009). “In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.”
Having studied American History, I had no knowledge of Muslims building the fabric of our nation, so I looked it up. Founding Fathers? Nope, no American Muslims. Colonial revolution? None. War of 1812? None. WWI, WWII, Korea or Vietnam? None, no contribution to our core of democracy, nothing.
However, after vast research I’ve uncovered a gem. In 1354 Constantinople Was sacked by Islamic warriors, thus closing the life enriching “Silk Road” commerce from Europe to The Mid and Far East. That occurrence did cause Europe to try and find an alternate route to continue trade with the East by sailing west. That led to the inadvertent discovery of the Americas by Spain.
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I could find only one other early development. The murderous Islamist pirates of Tripoli (Libya) provided the impetus for creating our terrific U.S. Marine Corps in 1803. Our Navy/Marines stopped the piracy on the “Shores of Tripoli.” They also stopped slave trading, impressments and murder of U.S. sailors and other typical savageries, thus “strengthening the core of our democracy.” The only American Muslim contributions I can find have been very recent additions to the lexicon like “underwear bomber” and others we all know so well. Too bad nobody questions this man’s baseless proclamations.
-- John Brogden
Dog and cat politics
Hopefully the political handlers of U.S. Senate candidates David Perdue and Michelle Nunn will hear this plea. It is too early to begin stumping for an election that will be held three months from now. Any voter with an IQ equal to the freezing point of water at room temperature on the Fahrenheit scale already knows who is in the race, and why.
Please know this too, robocalls are a sure fire way to get your candidate defeated. Those politicians making recorded telephone calls supporting the contenders should also know that doing so can lower their count in future elections. Nothing hurts a candidate’s chance of gaining a vote any more than an interruption at supper time, or just as Alex Trebek gives the answer to the final Jeopardy question.
Nunn and Perdue would be well served to take long vacations before beginning the calls and television commercials. Ten days prior to poll openings is a good target date to begin the debate.
My final plea is for neither party to show granny being pushed off a cliff in a wheelchair or papa having to dine on dog food, as has been done in the past. Those commercials always upset the dog and causes the cat to have bad dreams about falling into a canyon.
In this family and most others, the dog and cat rule. You lose the confidence of our pets and you’ll lose our votes.
John G. Kelley Jr.
Here we go once more. The tree was not on the roadway, only its limbs. There were four vehicles there and six men. The 400-pound man, like most of the others, were not working. The roadway just beyond them is never cut. The taxes paid by those folks runs over $10,000. Why? Because the management of that division, like most of the rest, is wasting our tax money foolishly. When is enough waste to much?
Apparently our commissioners are willing to stand by while our roadways go uncut and those responsible know they are untouchable.
-- Joe Hubbard
Venom for venom
I was intrigued by the letter from J.M. Bass of Macon. I must say the venom of hate spewed by many who claim to be Christian can be discouraging. The love that Christ has for all people should never be brought into question. I was a bit concerned about one thing -- that is the harsh judgmental words Bass employed. He accused the people he mentioned of “continuous rants” “mudslinging” “separation” “hate” and “prejudice.” In addition he claims, “They” want a state “Christian religion” and “Damn” those who do not believe as they do. Bass has also accused them of throwing aside “religious freedom” and changing Christ into a “judgmental, bigoted, hater and dictator” ready to send those out of step to Hell.
As Bass continues, judgments are made regarding actions not seen and hearts that no human can judge. Maybe we should note that “hate filled speech” is most often speech you do not agree with. I, for one, am glad that Bass’ church is inclusive and full of love for everyone, even though this claim was followed by another angry attack calling people he does not know “Nazis” and accusing them of “promoting violence and hatred with such uncharitable hate filled speech.” I pray Bass will rethink the attack on those who he doesn’t agree with and not be so angry and judgmental toward those not known. This is the only hope I have of escaping the “Wrath of Bass” as noted above.
-- J.K. Barron
Well, it’s now official, or as official as it’s going to get, I guess. The dumbing down of America by our government school system is proceeding at warp speed. By my reckoning, judging by what I hear in daily conversations and on the airways, about 90 percent of our citizens now pronounce the word “schedule” as if it were spelled “schedual.” It’s SCHEDULE, people.
Where are Ed Corson and Jack Kilpatrick when we need them? Are there any keepers of English out there? English teachers, arise. Let not another 8th- grader graduate not knowing how to pronounce “schedule.” (When did kindergartners and 8th-graders start “graduating” anyway? Doesn’t that sort of take away some of the luster of that high school diploma?
-- Jerry Norris
Can things get worse?
I intend to vote for Michelle Nunn. She can’t be any worse than the clowns that are up there now. It is also noted that this Congress is one of the most ineffective in United States history.
-- John Smith