Letters to the editor: Nov. 25 - East Valley Tribune: Opinion

Letters to the editor: Nov. 25

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10:39 pm | Updated: 3:14 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Submit your letter to the editor

We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Submit your letter to the editor

ISLAM

Columnist overreached

Leave it to columnist (or maybe propagandist is more appropriate) Austin Hill to take liberties with the truth in an attempt to prove his point. In “Confront the deadly realities of Muslim beliefs (Perspective, Sunday),” Hill advances the notion that our media for whatever reasons refuse to tell “the truth” about the “deadly realities” of Islam. To illustrate it, he notes an Arizona Republic article that he claims places the “blame” on the victim of a recent honor killing in the Valley: “And in what seemed to be an overarching attempt to avoid saying anything that may have cast the Muslim father in a bad light, it was explained that the motive for the crime appeared to have centered on the fact that the daughter was living inconsistently with ‘her family’s values.’ Shortly thereafter, The Arizona Republic published a report entitled ‘Lifestyle may have put woman in hospital.’”

The implication, of course, is that the Republic blames the victim for her murder. Hard to believe, but the article didn’t do that. Instead, it reviews just how widespread that practice is throughout the world, and tells readers the horrific extremes honor killing can extend to, even murdering rape victims whose rapes “dishonor” their families. Hardly a ringing endorsement of honor killings. And hardly what Hill implies the article’s about.

Hill has a valid point — though his sweeping condemnation of the Islamic religion reminds me of Bill Maher’s commentary on Christianity — many in the media initially avoided a discussion of how the Fort Hood murderer’s Islamic extremism influenced his actions. But then, as he is wont to do, Hill paints with the broad brush, castigating an entire religion and distorting the contents of an article.

That might play on talk radio, but with the written word, Hill should be more careful.

MIKE MCCLELLAN

GILBERT

MARXISM

U.S. still stands tall

On my 87th Thanksgiving Day, I will give thanks to the Tribune for allowing me to occasionally vent my feelings about communist propaganda. Having no political clout I find venting a comforting therapy. I’ll also express thanks for many baby-boomer friends. They did not experience the Depression or World War II, but they did withstand a greater personal challenge. My boomer friends triumphed over the culture revolution. They refused to let the flow of Marxist ideas and clever subliminal messages destroy their ability to think logically while growing up. Anti-American and anti-Christian propaganda was fed but not swallowed. We are fortunate that the majority of elected officials, judges, educators and journalists still believe in morality, ethics and a sovereign America based upon liberty and justice for all the people. Let’s give credit where it is due and appreciate the many good things that did happen during that period.

BOB BLAZIER

MESA

HATE CRIMES

New penalties create segregation

While very few things pushed down the throats of American citizens by the Obama administration shock me anymore, I have to admit that the passage of the military spending bill that had a Democratic rider attached expanding the current “hate crime” legislation to include gays, lesbians, etc., has left me in a confused state.

It’s difficult to understand how our elected officials can segregate out various groups of Americans and pass special legislation that says, “if you bother that group (actually or verbally) you will be punished more than if you bother an average, run-of-the-mill American.” Violence perpetrated on any individual whether done in a state of hate or not is wrong regardless of the personal traits of the victim.

According to the Constitution, we are all to be treated equal under the law, but not with the hate crimes bill. This legislation will prove to be a method by which liberals will choose to restrict freedom of speech for those with different opinions.

I find it offensive to be told by Congress that since I am an average American, should violence happen to me, the perpetrators will not be punished as much as if they had done the same thing to those classes of Americans now defined under the provisions of the hate crimes bill. I thought that as a country we were moving forward with equality for all under the Constitution. This hate crimes bill would appear to take our country in the opposite direction. This bill needs to be rescinded before it builds mistrust and genuine hate between those protected by its provisions and those who are not. This is segregation at its worst. This is a terrible idea condoned by the federal government.

DAN WATSON

GILBERT

WATER

Contamination is a serious risk

I was shocked to find in The New York Times that more than 33 million people in the U.S. are drinking water contaminated with a pesticide called atrazine. This weed killer, already banned in Europe, is linked to birth defects, cancer, and increased risk of having a baby with low birth weight. How have we let this happen? Scientists say even low levels can have dramatic effects: Male tadpoles that swim in atrazine-laced water sometimes grow ovaries and take on female characteristics. Drinking the stuff simply can’t be good for us humans.

MICHAEL MAGGIED

MESA

  • Discuss

[Sponsored] Terri's Consignment: Divorce the sofa

Facebook

EastValleyTribune.com on Facebook

Twitter

EastValleyTribune.com on Twitter

Google+

EastValleyTribune.com on Google+

RSS

Subscribe to EastValleyTribune.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px
Your Az Jobs