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Condemning terrorism

It seems that some residents in Hillsborough County require an unequivocal condemnation of the brutal, terrifying attacks by al-Qaida affiliated militants with the al-Shabab group that were responsible for the mall seizure in Nairobi. They want it from my organization specifically, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in order to believe that neither we nor the Muslim community in Florida endorse, support or otherwise find commonality with these barbaric acts.

It is my firm belief that any such demand of either CAIR, or of Muslims in general, is rooted in deep-seated mistrust and suspicion of anyone who affiliates themselves with the Islamic faith. To quote my favorite “True Blood” character, the Christian Sookie Stackhouse, “Judging a whole group based on the actions of a few is just morally wrong.”

I wonder if these same residents are demanding that local Buddhists, or Buddhist-affiliated organizations, immediately condemn the ongoing slaughter by Buddhists in Burma? Must the Latino community at large condemn the drug cartels who bear cultural and religious similarities so that they not be perceived as somehow condoning the violence? Of course not.

In an effort to create a more inclusive, less suspicious and bigoted Hillsborough County, we will do our best to assuage the fears and concerns of these residents with ongoing public education and outreach, such as this letter.

The whole mall nightmare is and always will be abhorrent to Muslims and secular folks alike.

For these reasons, CAIR-National released the following press release and statement:

“We strongly condemn this cowardly attack by al-Shabab and offer condolences to the loved ones of those killed or injured. Our nation should offer whatever assistance we can to Kenyan authorities as they seek to free the hostages and bring to justice all those responsible for this heinous crime.”

Let it be known, CAIR, CAIR-FL, and Muslims all over America condemn terrorism of any kind wholeheartedly.

Samantha Bowden


The writer is communications and outreach director for CAIR-FL.

Detroit bailout

Last Friday, wire-service headlines reveal that the woebegone city of Detroit is going to receive $300 million in federal money to help that community address its recent struggles with a new kind of Detroit Bailout.

Federal and state officials have determined not to proceed with a plan that would have directed that city’s residents figure out a way forward utilizing their own money and initiative. After all, they elected the successive generations of crooks and fools who ran the place into the ground; some would argue persuasively that such a locally driven approach might be most appropriate.

The rest of the American public, those of us who actually get to pay for this pork-barrel exercise, may miss the significance of another discreet FDD (Friday document dump) by the president’s press agents.

Jim Parker


Bad choice

Every real teacher in Florida should be insulted at Gov. Rick Scott’s appointment of Rebecca Lipsey to the Florida Board of Education. The 32-year-old Lipsey is a self-proclaimed “lifelong” educator. Lipsey was an Ivy League Teach-for-America volunteer and after five weeks of training, she spent two years teaching. Two years. A lifetime. There are plenty of real lifelong educators for Scott to chose from; Lipsey brings nothing but privilege to the table.

Michael Weston


Damaging oratorical skills

A political pundit appeared on CNBC the other day opining that President Obama’s charming, glib and charismatic oratorical prowess was extremely effective. I agree ... wholeheartedly! And I add, we wouldn’t be in this mess had they been otherwise. The president is without doubt the Elmer Gantry of our day.

Warner Wood

Temple Terrace

Health care at last

I will be 59 in January and am self-employed with no minor children, a husband with VA health care, and I have not had health insurance since he retired in 1988. I have never smoked or taken illegal drugs, rarely drink, am not overweight. I pay my own doctors’ bills, have no prescription pills and have been to the ER only once in the past 10 years.

When I tried to purchase health insurance, it would cost me more than $300 a month for the cheapest plan — more than my car payment or vehicle insurance. Today, when I checked the healthcare.gov site for an estimate for me, it quoted $70 a month with my subsidy for only making $30,000 a year. I can handle that! I pray this act does not become delayed due to the Republicans. And I pray I continue to stay healthy.

Sharon Miner


No compromise

Regarding Michael Gerson’s column “The death of compromise?” (Views, Sept. 29):

Compromise was killed when the Democrats rammed Obamacare through Congress with no consultation with the Republicans.

Nails in the coffin have been hammered in every time Obama, Holder, Reid use executive orders in place of laws, refuse to honor and enforce laws they disagree with, or change Senate rules, again with no consultation with the Republicans.

Spare me any crying about how the Republicans don’t compromise until you also cry about the lack of compromise on the part of the liberals.

James Frick


Weather Center