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Items filtered by date: Sunday, 13 December 2015

Obama is painfully out of touch with reality when it comes to the threat posed by radical Islamic fundamentalists (who, as we all know, infamously referred to them as the "JV").

More recently, including about an hour before the San Bernardino attacks and a few weeks after the Paris attacks, he again proclaimed that ISIS is "contained." This is an attempt to shore up his political narrative that he's effectively fighting them. Lastly, ISIS is the "religious warmonger" with the "perverted world view," not us. As Mr. Spock would say, that's just pure logic.

Daniel & Linda Lutz

Published in Letters To The Editor
Monday, 14 December 2015 10:31

Affirmative Action Needs to Go

I’d like to see you do an article on how well Affirmative Action is working in the US today I feel colleges should not use race as a factor, it should just be based on ranking, and test scores in my opinion. Race should only be used when deciding living accommodations in residence halls. Affirmative Action hurts minority students because it lets them into programs that may be too tough academically for them. Eventually they will have to pass licensing exams and if they can't pass, they will be stuck with tons of student loans and no job. Everything should be based of merit and intelligence when it comes to college and graduate school admissions.

Barb McCluskey
Affirmative Action Needs to Go

Ed. Note: The US Supreme Court will be hearing arguments about the day this issue of the Sun Bay Paper is published on Wednesday. It will be the second time in three years the Justices have taken up the issue. The current case is a white Texas woman who was rejected for admission at the University of Texas.

Published in Letters To The Editor

The positive view that many people have towards Muslims is based upon 1) knowing a Muslim personally and/or 2) interpreting our nation's values (i.e. First Amendment, Declaration of Independence) literally and without reservation. However, basing one's perspective solely on these reasons fails to recognize the history of a culture that is incompatible with western culture.

Contemporary western culture is driven by Christian as well as Enlightenment values. For the first 500 years of Christianity, the Gospels were spread peacefully through disciples, for instance Paul. It wasn't until Frankish Kings such as Clovis and Charlemagne where spreading Christianity through war was practiced. These wars were also equally driven by political gain. The Enlightenment provided the West the balance between faith and logic. These two forces have created a largely rational society that respects its religious roots.

In contrast, Islamic culture was and is driven by violence and suppression. When Muhammad returned to Mecca from Medina, he had an army with him. He ordered these people to attack which resulted in several Meccans dying. The typical Muslim apologist will find countless passages within the Koran that support peace. However, the actions of their prophet established an irreversible precedent that justify violence within this religion for perpetuity. If the alleged "Messenger of God" believes that violence was acceptable, why wouldn't his followers? Due to the lack of impactful "Enlightenment," the Middle East today is a breeding ground for Fundamentalism and the violation of human rights that the West values. Crucifixion and stoning as a consequence for violating certain laws such as renouncing Islam exemplifies this point.

Therefore, if Americans and Europeans truly value their "natural rights," they need to reject Islamization because if not, the cost could be the very rights that are currently citing to allow these people in.

Oliver Wolcott

Published in Letters To The Editor
Monday, 14 December 2015 10:25

Friends of the Mound House “Thank You”

We may be a small 7 mile barrier island, but every week our Town Council, local businesses, newspapers, residents, visitors and restaurants receive letters of appreciation in regard to how they support events on the beach. Well, the Friends of the Mound House Fundraiser on December 5, 2015 had positive response from all of the above. A special “Thanks” to South Beach Grille, Local Color, One Flight Up, Laurie Neinhaus and Carmen Pachino, Gifts By The Sea, The Print Shop, Edwina Raffa, Mound House and CELCAB Members, The Observer, Island Sand Paper and The Sun Bay Paper. When one considers all of the activities going on at this holiday season, how fortunate we were that all facets of our Town came out to support our Fundraiser. “Thank you all” from the Friends of the Mound House Directors and members.

Published in Letters To The Editor

Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane's recent commentary " The Facts about Water Quality" issued a
challenge to "any advocate to come to the table and propose an alternative approach that
addresses both the high- and low-flow challenges in the Caloosahatchee".

I accept the challenge!

Published in Environment

An article I read last night said that the 'migrants' at the French 'refugee' camp at Calais are resisting efforts to close the camp and disperse its 'residents.' Here, too, the 'refugees' who were crying that no jobs are available at home and lamenting their 'persecution' are turning into a threat.

Some comparisons may be drawn, perhaps, to the uprooted in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." But that dealt with regional migrations of the impoverished within the US.

Here you have the products of an alien, and generally hostile, culture making their presence on European borders and indicating that they won't go away. A hard rain is gonna fall, I fear.

Richard Reintz

Published in Letters To The Editor
Monday, 14 December 2015 10:08

President's "Terror" Speech Not Reassuring

I'm sorry, but Obama's speech had everything to do with pushing his agenda and little to do with comforting Americans. One issue of particular note is his wanting people on the "no fly" list to not be able to buy guns. In it's simplest form that sounds O.K., but here's the problem. Why are the people on the no fly list? If there is enough credible evidence that you put someone on a no fly list because they could endanger the population, then you either need to deport them or arrest them. We cannot maintain a list of people that revokes their rights with absolutely no legal basis. The no fly list should only contain a very limited number of people and everyone of them should have an outstanding warrant for their arrest. If this is not how it is handled, then it simply becomes a tool for the Government to deny rights as they see fit rather than following due process. Just like mental health issues. The same applies. If someone is mentally incapacitated to the point they cannot own a gun, then there has to be a process to put them on a no gun buy list. You can't just do things like this with no basis. In a panic, we can't do things or allow our Government to do things without due process. Innocent until proven guilty. If you don't follow that process then you may just find your name on one of those lists.

Carlos Martinez
Tampa

Published in Letters To The Editor

Opening act, Henry Gross, an American singer-songwriter, best know for his association with the group, Sha Na Na and for his hit song, "Shannon". At age 18, he was the youngest person to play on the main stage at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969.

Charlie Allen and Friends kept the party jumping with a mix of classic rock and country tunes.

Canine Crusades Benefit Concert was held last Saturday, December 5th, at a private residence with proceeds to benefit "Have a Heart, INC." a small, volunteer canine rescue service in south Florida. Featured headliner was a Fort Myers Beach resident, Brian Howe, former lead singer of Bad Company.

Published in Lifestyle

Does it surprise anyone on Hillary Clinton's comments to enact stricter gun laws preventing terrorists from obtaining them. That's one of many idiotic comments she has made, how does this make any sense when any common criminal can obtain a weapon illegally on the streets. Enacting stricter gun laws negatively affects the law abiding citizens more than it does criminals or terrorists.
Here's a good idea for these anti-gun politicians like Clinton, why not start enforcing the gun laws that already exist. They want to enact new gun laws when they don't enforce the current gun laws. I trust Donald Trump before I would Hillary Clinton. Trump speaks the truth and offends, but Hillary Clinton has consistently lied under oath. First it was the e-mails and personal server at her home, then the total complete abandonment of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevenson's and his teams request to Hillary Clinton for additional security fallen on death ears of then, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to send help or respond to any of his requests which directly contributed to their deaths. Now she wants to become President! I think not.

Dale Reggus

Published in Letters To The Editor
Monday, 14 December 2015 09:23

Estero Council Moves Closer to Fracking Ban

The Village Council of Estero made their intentions clear at their December 2nd meeting last week, when they forwarded an ordinance that will ban the process of fracking within their municipal boundaries to a second hearing. If passed at that hearing, Estero will join Bonita Springs in its stand against the controversial extraction process for oil and gas, which occurs by cracking rock through the introduction of pressurized liquid.

Published in Business
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