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September 30, 2011
We want jobs. Get behind the program. I don’t care how much the government has to spend. We want money put into the economy, and the best way is to create jobs. We need the teachers and first responders. We need to repair our infrastructure and our schools.
In the spirit of shared responsibility, the wealthy and businesses must share the burden. Seventy percent of the U.S. population thinks the wealthy should be taxed. They were the cause of the economic mess, and they should bail us out like we bailed them out.
OK, so you want to be an obstructionist. It’s good for politics. But it is not good for the country, it’s not patriotic, and you were voted in to represent your constituents. So, go ahead and obstruct, but when it comes time for the election, your constituents will remember.
Sandra Safran, Boynton Beach
Allen West a voice of reason on Muslim extremism
Congressman Allen West continues to state accurately the threat of violence arising from the Islamic ideology. He does so despite the continued disingenuous carping of the uninformed, America-is-always-wrong critics.
Coexisting peacefully with Islam is the goal, and it will be fully achievable when Muslims rid themselves of hate for religions other than theirs and when the leaders of that faith decry the teachings of achievement by any means, including through terrorism and violence. It is time that the threat is recognized and not concealed, says West.
Some years ago, Pope Benedict XVI noted that a philosopher had once described the Islamic faith as a religion of the sword. His comments resulted in the burning of two churches and the slaying of a nun, along with threats against the pope’s life.
After the 9/11 assault by Muslims on the World Trade Center and the homicide of some 3,000 innocent Americans, we witnessed video of jubilant Muslim parents being joined by their young children in street demonstrations. Muslim leaders were virtually silent in their condemnation of this behavior.
It is essential that Muslim leaders denounce all acts of terrorism by their Muslim brothers who constitute the extremist element.
In a recent poll, it was reported that extremist elements exist in many American Muslim communities.
The extent of this extremism is of concern to other members of Congress, including Rep. Peter King of New York, whose committee is investigating the extent of this home-grown terrorism.
Congressman West, a highly respected former Army lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a strong, articulate figure in the House of Representatives, and he is supported by Americans both in and outside of his South Florida district. We are fortunate to have his voice in Congress.
William Juneau, Parkland
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