Regarding the letter titled, “Goodbye to freedom” (Sept. 8): Islam is primarily a religion and secondly a social entity. Only in some states has Islam become part of the legal and political systems. Entire disciplines are dedicated to reversing the damage of stereotypes that the American and European media have placed on Islam. Only a select group of Muslims (the ones media chooses to focus on) are actually extremists.
Did you know that Indonesia has the high-est population of Muslims? Yet have you ever heard of Indonesia, India, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia or any other secular Muslim state trying to “establish a worldwide theocracy?”
You are probably thinking of Iran, which along with Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan are probably the most extreme political Muslim countries and also have different ways of practicing Islam.
Islam is a lot like Christianity in that there are many degrees of practice and each country/region approaches it differently. The Muslim extremists, as presented in the media, do not accurately represent millions of people. So please, be careful of making stereotypical generalizations of a religion as diverse as Christianity.
San Luis Obispo
A basic lesson
A couple of weeks ago as I pulled out of my driveway, I noticed some children at the corner of my house sitting on my low retaining wall with a lemonade stand. I was impressed with the creativity they put into it because it looked like a mini tiki bar.
I drove away and smiled and waved at them, wishing them luck in making a little money. When I returned later in the day, they were gone, having left a few of my landscape rocks on the sidewalk that must have used to hold things down.
As I picked up the rocks and placed them back in my yard, I was taken by surprise when I noticed some drawings on my retaining wall that were made with black permanent marker. Just innocent, child-like doodles ... traced hand prints, hearts and smiley faces.
I couldn’t help but think of the balancing rock incident that questions the issue of teaching children to respect the personal property of others (“Check for rocks in their heads,” Sept. 7). I know that the kids didn’t mean any harm, but it also means that they have not been taught a basic lesson of life.
San Luis Obispo
Stop the blamers
Abel Maldonado blames his elderly father for his tax deficiency (“Maldonado family business owes federal taxes,” July 27). Ian Parkinson blames his wife for his tax deficiency (“Political Notebook,” May 19).
Zoë Baird, a nominee for attorney general of the United States, blamed her law professor husband for not paying their nanny’s IRS and Social Security taxes.
Former President Richard Nixon blamed his accountant and attorney for backdating a deed for his tax advantages. The top Securities and Exchange Commission enforcer,
Linda Chatman Thomsen, blames her boss for not prosecuting Bernie Madoff’s 10-year fraud scheme. The list of blamers, both Democrats and Republicans, goes on forever. How do we stop the blamers?
When a person is running for a public office or is a public office holder and blames another for their misdeeds, do not vote for that person. Blaming others is a marked flaw in their makeup which should not be condoned.
Allan J. Mayer
San Luis Obispo
Thanks to Earl
I’ve realized some facts in the past few days and I’m wondering if anyone else also noticed. As a very old lady, I notice less and less, but these seemed glaring to me.
First of all, I’ve noticed that the broadcast and cable channels are trying to outdo themselves by putting their weathermen in the most precarious positions when hurricanes are approaching.
I can switch from one channel, where a long-suffering weatherman is standing on a waterfront, bracing himself against violent wind, trying to stand up straight and having stinging rain pushing his face out of shape, to the next channel and see Al Roker standing in the waves, trying to keep his microphone dry, to another channel and watch their man being swept down a street by rushing waters. Why, I ask myself, can’t they sit in a TV truck and just tell us what’s happening? Makes me wonder.
My second thought is that I love Hurricane Earl, for the simple reason that since he reared his ugly head, I have heard nothing about Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan or the Kardashians. Bless you Earl.
Ralph Bush is typical
Ralph Bush is your typical Republican who can only find blame in the other party (“Corrupt politicians,” Sept. 14).
He goes on and on about the corrupt Democrats in office, but fails to mention anything about Sen. Ted Stevens from Alaska, who didn’t know how the second story was added to his house.
Follow the ads
Again this fall, I am seeing large ads promoting a physician panel or hospital network with increasingly strident rhetoric now resembling the negative campaign tactics common in political races.
So far, there has been nothing reported in the news section to enlighten the public as to what may be happening here. Old-fashioned journalists steadfastly insist that they don’t yield to advertisers when deciding what to report. I hope that’s not the case.
Please tell us what’s going on.
San Luis Obispo