Letters on Ferguson, ISIS

08/18/2014 7:07 PM

08/19/2014 12:07 AM

Not everyone has a safe neighborhood

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wrote about what happened in Ferguson, Mo., in a recent commentary for Time magazine. “If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off,” he said. “But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.”

This will be the only time I will agree with Paul. But we also all know that certain people don’t have that luxury of having safe neighborhoods or growing up in small hometowns where you can leave your doors unlocked and feel safe. And it should be true for everybody – no one should fear walking down the street safely.

I remember not having to worry about those things, so in that I had an ideal childhood. Then as you grow up, living in an apartment or in low-income neighborhoods, you hear cop cars and fighting and become aware of drugs and what goes with that. Fear and anger grow about not having a safe life and the right to succeed, and not being able to walk down a street safely.

Still, my family and I have been luckier than most. That is what Paul forgot to mention.

LEIGH ANN STUMBLINGBEAR

Wichita

Crush extremists

ISIS must be crushed quickly. The Middle East cannot afford another religious regime in power.

While the Zionist regime practices its terrorism on the Palestinians, and the Iranian regime transfers its terrorism outside Iran, and the Saudi Wahhabi regime oppresses its own citizens, the last thing we need is another insane regime the likes of ISIS.

It is our government’s responsibility to eliminate the threat of ISIS, as we were responsible for invading Iraq in 2003 and became the root cause for this miserable aftermath. This is the Pottery Barn rule that then-Secretary of State Colin Powell warned about in his famous statement, “If you break it, you own it.”

Although I am not a fan of involving religion in governance, the truth is that all religious minorities – with no exceptions, including devil worshipping and paganism – have survived under Islamic rule for thousands of years. The evidence is in the current existence of many places of worship and the communities that serve them today.

The rise of Islamic extremism is a consequence of the lack of support from the U.S. and Europe to moderate Islam, and the turning of a blind eye to the atrocities committed by dictatorships, especially in Egypt, Syria and Iraq.

MAHER MUSLEH

Wichita

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