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Terrorist parents So the parents of the Boston Marathon bombings may come to America to denounce us for killing one of their sons and charging the other one with murder.   Will the parents of these two Muslim terrorists talk to the mother and father of the slain 8-year-old boy and the parents of the two young women murdered and tell them their sons are innocent? And how about talking to those who lost their limbs just because they were out for a day to celebrate those who ran in the marathon.  Perhaps they should go to the mosques around America and tell them how innocent their sons are.  I’m sure they will get more sympathy there than in our cities and towns.  Let them have their say, let them explain why their sons so hated America, who gave them opportunities they could not imagine in their homeland, that they felt the need to kill and maim the innocent.  And when they’re finished with their crusade for justice, put them back on a plane and send them back to that Stone Age world they came from.
Ron Dakin Spring Hill Keep Scout standards For 103 years Boy Scouts have taught traditional values, character, and courage. Scouts pledge duty to God and country, to obey the Scout law, and to keep physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. Because of their policy against admitting openly gay members, they have been persecuted by homosexual activists, who also pressure corporations to drop their funding to the Scouts. These activists “demand” full inclusion. In 2000 the Supreme Court ruled that the Scouts, a private organization, have a right to have codes of conduct and membership standards, which include sexual conduct. Engaging in homosexual conduct is inconsistent and contrary to their values. The court said a “forced” inclusion would intrude on the Boy Scouts’ rights to freedom of expressive association. This isn’t a matter of “tolerance” like race or ethnicity. It’s about sexual attraction and conduct. It’s about a group forcing their beliefs of sexual conduct on a group that doesn’t embrace those beliefs and doesn’t want to promote those beliefs. It’s about freedom of thought and religious liberty, and the attempt to censor it. The BSA shouldn’t trade the well-being of boys for corporate dollars or to satisfy homosexual activists. They should keep their current standards. Diana Gilbert Niceville A fix for baseball The current situation in major league baseball, regarding the David Price-umpire controversy, is an example of a problem the league commissioner allows to exist. Umpires make mistakes. That is a given since no one person is always right in any situation. The commissioner’s attitude that umpires are a part of the league’s tradition and are thus the only way calls can be made is off base. New electronics have made much more accurate calls possible. They are used in tennis, for example, to eliminate bad calls as much as possible. Electronics should be available to make some calls, or at least review the call made to insure the call is accurate. However you want to define it, bad calls are essentially lies. Accuracy should be the goal of the league’s commissioner rather than perpetuating the current situation, where erroneous calls sometimes determine the outcome of a game. Almost nothing ever remains the same and so it is that the MLB commissioner should understand that it is time to improve the accuracy of the calls made by human umpires. Edmund W. James Sun City Center Whistleblower punished A new report published by the non-partisan Constitution Project is turning attention back to the United States' post-9/11 detainee torture program with more evidence that suggests it was sanctioned by the highest officials in government. But to this day, only one person connected with the highly criminal, official U.S. torture has gone to prison – and unfortunately, that person was not a torturer, but the whistleblower who exposed the abuse. Ex-CIA agent John Kiriakou was the first person to publicly acknowledge the CIA’s use of waterboarding, and the decision has haunted him ever since. In a recent interview with the website Firedoglake, Kiriakou said, saying, “The [CIA] used their Office of Security to harass my wife when I published op-eds that the agency didn’t like and they never stopped trying to build a case against me.” Kiriakou is now serving a 30-month prison sentence for privately sharing the name of a colleague with a journalist as part of his efforts to expose U.S. torture. Of all the people who should be prosecuted and jailed for the torture program, John Kiriakou is not one of them. President Obama has consistently and vocally opposed torture over the past several years, espousing many of the same values and ideals that motivated Kiriakou's disclosures. John Kiriakou should not be in jail, and the president can and should pardon him for his courageous service to our nation. Dolores Parra Land O’ Lakes
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