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One Moment Please - It's not about religion


Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
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Recent news of a proposed Islamic community center and mosque to be located two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City has stimulated quite a reaction in the realm of blogospheres, talk radio and newspaper opinion pages throughout the nation.

In a nation that follows the creed of the U.S. Constitution, Americans embrace the 1st Amendment, Freedom of Religion.

As we approach the nine year anniversary of the day the United States was attacked by nineteen hijackers who took control of four commercial airliners and flew them into buildings full of people -- resulting in the death of nearly 3,000 victims -- it appears our Freedom of Religion may add insult to injury.

At the risk of sounding racist or intolerable of other religions, I have an opinion on the matter.

I believe that Muslims, just like any other religious group such as Catholics, Lutherans, Mormons, Baptists, Methodists or Tom Cruise's celebrity-famed Church of Scientology should all have the right to exercise their religious freedoms, in accordance with the law, of course.

So, I don't have a problem with Muslims erecting mosques in America. My ancestors were immigrants, too, and they were allowed to practice their freedom of religion.

However, I think the Muslim community needs to act with a sense of emotional intelligence. They need to recognize that many Americans are still recovering from the September 11th attacks, and ultimately associating terrorism with the Muslim religion.

From what we know about our attackers on 9-11, the terrorists were part of a radical Muslim movement. Now, that doesn't make all Muslims terrorists. But, many Americans lump all Muslims in the same boat -- potential terrorists. Without a doubt, we have a challenge with profiling in America, and the Muslim community has taken the front seat.

As the United States contemplates warfare with the moving target of terrorism, there is unrest among those who fear what they don't understand.

All things considered, if the Muslim community, mostly consisting of immigrants native to the Middle East, wants to be accepted just the same as any other immigrants who transplanted to the United States, they should be mindful of the many misperceptions about their religion and culture.

In Fillmore County, I've heard comments from veterans who served in the Vietnam War, the Korean Co .....
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One moment, please... Bigger than ourselves

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
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I would like to personally thank all of the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce committee members involved in putting together the first-ever CMA Mudracing Event and Big Bo ..... 
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We were strangers, too

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
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It's all exhausting, isn't it? We have news 24/7 on TV, subscribe to papers and periodicals and listen to endless conversation about each headline. For all of that, we really know so little about any of it. We seem to be offered enough to agree with ..... 
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One moment, please... What is health care?

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
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By Jason Sethre

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Last week, I defined some of the dynamics of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise referred to as health care reform.

Personally, before I ca ..... 
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Fueling freedom

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
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The BP oil spill disaster - a catastrophe that has led to untold damage to the economy, wildlife and the environment along the Gulf Coast - opened our eyes to what can happen when there is a lack of serious regulation. This, however, is not the only ..... 
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One moment, please... Health care reform?

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
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I've been meaning to offer some thoughts on the passage of the health care reform bill, but the steady distraction of an earwig invasion has taken my attention elsewhere ..... 
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Tim Walz deserves praise, not attacks, for his leadership on DISCLOSE Act

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
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Last January, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned decades of law, giving corporations the power to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence U.S. elections. After the Court's ruling in the "Citizens United" case, there are no restrictions on forei ..... 
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One Moment Please - The next election

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
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As July creeps by in the unassuming resemblance of a mid-summer nights dream, politicians plot and plan like General Petreaus on a victory voyage scheduled for an early ..... 
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Congressional hearings are not about the witness

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
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Even before Tony Hayward, the embattled CEO of BP, appeared in front of a House investigative subcommittee on June 17, everyone knew why he was there. It was not to apologize for the Gulf oil spill or to explain his company's behavior - though all o ..... 
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