I was dismayed to read in Cal Thomas' editorial that we should refer to the "global terrorists" ideology as "Islamofacism." Does that mean the correct term for Hitler's ideology is "Christianofacism?" No wonder Bush thought the Star Wars Trilogy was referring directly to the Iraq war. The ideology of hate, by whatever name it's called, represents the power of the "dark side." It inevitably results in "endless wars," which have plagued mankind during my lifetime.
Muslims practice the religion of Islam. Like Christianity (practiced by Christians), it is not a monolithic religion. In Iraq, the two main sects are the Shiites (the majority, who are currently in power) and the Sunnis (the minority, who supported Saddam Hussein). Within those sects, there are liberal or progressive groups, moderates, fundamentalists, and radical/terroristic groups. (Current evidence shows that most of the terrorists are being recruited in Saudi Arabia, which is a U.S. ally.)
Certainly, conservative or fundamentalist Muslims do not approve of the consumer society being exported by Western nations. Not unlike the conservative and fundamentalist Christians, they feel it is corrupting their society! The West could join them on this common ground, rather than pushing them into the arms of the terrorists.
I believe that the best way to fight terrorism is to find these commonalities between our societies and use the power of love to create allies, not the power of hate to create enemies.
Patricia W. Scott
O'Day deserves credit
Hi. My name is Mark R. Cook and I decided it's time to not sit on the fence any longer, and listen to others bellyache about matters concerning Brainerd and the surrounding area. Mainly things that have to do with the way this town is run, and why it can be done better. You see Mark O'Day is my next door neighbor, and he is a good man, has good morals, and puts forth from himself his energies, to create a better tomorrow, for himself and others. He believes, as I do, that by actually getting out there, and trying to do well, and giving the handicapped, the elderly and the poor help, and others that choose to not believe in themselves, and the ability, when they need it, by going beyond himself and doing the best he can -- sure people can sit on the sidelines, and all complain, and dwell on his mistakes, because they are safe. They cannot get outside themselves, and do what's right for this town, because it is the easier, softer way.
He took the job, he wasn't given it. People like them are leaders of men, and deserve to be treated with respect, not looked down on, for their shortcomings, because what they do is look beyond themselves to create a better tomorrow, for themselves and others, so next time you want to blast these people, look to yourself and ask, "Am I doing the most I can to help others?"
Someday I may run for city council myself, like Mark and Kelly Bevans did. Why? To create a better tomorrow. Because I am a leader, among men, like my father, and that is what my father, and mother taught me to be.
Mark Richard Cook
Wife was co-producer on pond
Contrary to the opinion of the Dispatch's reporter, the pond we have been working on for eight years now is a co-production with my wife, Jean. These days the "work" involved with the pond is very minimal, and is a joy to continue to develop. Any questions about ponding, call us at 829-1669, not the Brainerd Dispatch.
Sullivan helped ham radio operator
Mr. Sullivan did me, a high school kid in 1957, a great favor.
You see, I had just gotten my FCC ham radio license and needed to put up a wire antenna -- it needed to be off the ground to work effectively. Two poles would do the job nicely, I thought, but how was I to get them? In some round-about way John Sullivan of Navillus Co. found out about my need and delivered two debarked poles to our yard in Baxter. I was thrilled. After applying a preservative, they were placed about 135 feet apart. With pulleys I hoisted the wire antennas up and was able to make radio contacts all around the world. These antennas allowed me to do lots of message-handling for service personnel and also helped me in passing vital messages as a result of the Duluth-Lake Superior wind and ice storm that came soon thereafter. Because of power outages, my ham radio station with the two donated poles holding the wire antennas allowed for communication of relayed messages vital to Duluth and the cities on the North Shore up to Grand Marais.
The fun I had and the public service I was able to do would not have been possible without those two poles.
Thanks again, Mr. John Sullivan.
M. Fritz Bertelt
Outstanding band performance
For those who weren't able to attend the free concert put on Wednesday evening at the Forestview School, you missed out on an enjoyable two hours of beautiful music. With the combination of the Air National Guard Band of Illinois and of Spokane, Wash., for the approximate 400 of us in attendance, we were rewarded with an outstanding variety of band music that included instrumental, as well as vocal soloists.
My sincere thanks to Tony Sailer from the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department which was instrumental in arranging this concert at the Forestview auditorium. A sincere appreciation also goes to those who make this evening possible, to include: the Brainerd Dispatch, Mills Motors, WJJY and KLIZ, Culligan Water, the custodial staff at Forestview, To the American Legion Post 255 Auxillary for providing a meal for the band members, for the color guard from both the American Legion Post 255 and the VFW Post 1647 for their presentation of our national colors and if I missed anyone, my sincere apology for doing so.
Our country is blessed for having those who serve our country in many different capacities and being able to listen to this combination to two bands that serve our country in this capacity, was truly enjoyable. Please remember to keep all of our troops serving our country all over the world in your thoughts and prayers, that they might return home safely to their loved ones.
James E. Wallin
Mayor of Brainerd
Help solve the murder case puzzle
In response to the letter placed in the Open Forum from Tina Linn and Jeri Harting thanking me for the article I placed, there is no need for thanks! I placed the article because I knew in my heart is was the right thing to do. This case seems to be very low on the priority list for law enforcement, and I believe they could be doing a lot more. It hurts more everyday knowing that there were others involved in the triple homicide in Pillager May 29, 2003. Others that know what happened and are too scared for whatever reasons to talk to someone. To all of those people who know something and or were involved in anyway how can you look at yourself in the mirror? You need to do what's right and come forward with any information you may have. Last night I met a very special young boy, who blows kisses into the air for his mommy in heaven, who misses her so much. This broke my heart. It breaks my heart that someone committed this crime and is still walking our streets, able to do it again at any given moment!
This case needs to be solved, for all the families and friends, and the children of the victims. Tina and Jeri my heart goes out to you, you both are very strong, caring women. I can only pray that these people are found and convicted of the crimes they committed. I am begging those who know anything to come forth with their information and help put the pieces of this puzzle together.
Bush and Social Security
In response to the recent Open Forum letter on President Bush and the comments to get him out of office -- you need to look a little further.
The president is not solely at fault for the lack of Social Security. Social Security was originally established in 1940, when life expectancy was 61.4 for men and 65.7 for women. By 2000, life expectancy was 74.2 years for men and 79.5 for women. It was never, never designed to fund your retirement while you lived into your 80s or 90s.
And at least he is offering a solution instead of talking about it for another 65 years.
Jobs have moved to the United States as well as away from it. And because of the higher, increasing productivity of American workers, the jobs that move here pay more than the ones that leave. For the past 15 years, corporations have moved jobs to the United States at a faster rate than jobs have left. In countries like China, and India; because of the U.S. outsourcing of jobs, their standard of living has gone up, translating into a demand for American goods and lifestyles.
Iraqi people deserve the same freedom, and rights as you and I do. American troops helped save millions of people from a madman in WWII; knowing what you know now; do you think that was wrong? I'll say it again; Iraqis deserve the same rights as you and I do. It's not just about oil. We cannot stand by and let thousands of women and children walk into a hole, each be shot in the head, and covered by a mound of dirt.
Yes, it comes at a cost; but freedom is a right for all mankind. Not just reserved for the comfortable and cozy of the United States.
Crosby parade was more enjoyable
I went to the Brainerd parade and the Crosby parade. The Crosby parade was much more enjoyable because the kids were not halfway out in the street and the parents were not swearing at their kids and at the floats. The Crosby parade had much more security. The Brainerd parade didn't have enough security to keep the people out of the street! It was not just the kids; it was parents too. They were literally on the manhole cover! Fighting for tootsie rolls! What is it going to take to get the people out of the street, someone getting hurt badly or possibly even getting killed?
Daryn Steinert, 12
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