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Islam condemns violence

Taliban extremists killed more than 50 worshippers at two Mosques belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community during Friday prayer services. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has faced intense governmental and extremist persecution in Pakistan for nearly 40 years.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is taking credit for the attacks. Terrorists attacked two Mosques with automatic weapons and hand grenades.

Those Muslim groups responsible for the attack have broken cardinal rules within Islam, such as the Quranic directives, "And create not disorder in the earth" (7:57) and "whosoever killed a person, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind" (5:33). Islam condemns violence and the taking of innocent lives, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim community rejects any claims from those who do so that they are following Islamic principles.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community sends condolences to the families of the victims of the tragedy.

Hasan Hakeem

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community president, Tri-county (Racine, Kenosha, Lake, Ill.)

Thanks to vets

Thank you to all the veterans who participated in the Veterans Memorial Day Parade and program. Thank you to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., state Rep. Robin Vos, R-Caledonia, and Burlington Mayor Bob Miller for their participation. Thank you to Dan Miller for playing "Taps" at the ceremonies, Ms. Kelly Schneider for her singing, Randy Tritz for the sound system, the Burlington Police and Parks Department for their assistance.

Thank you to all the Scouts that assisted with the Program and Ceremony, the Burlington High School band for their great music, and all the other volunteers that participated with the Memorial Day program.

Jim McKusker, Commander

Ross Wilcox, American Legion Post 79

Return of wallet earns praise

Not too long ago the unthinkable happened. Part of my everyday existence was gone, disappeared, and presumably never to be seen intact again. The item that held my most precious and secure possessions, which defined my entire financial well-being had vanished from my sight; my wallet. As to how this unfortunate event happened, one can only guess for I am completely mystified.

Once I realized it was gone, I figured that it was gone forever, never even contemplating that another human being would find such a treasure and return it to its proper owner. That sort of thing doesn't exist anymore, right? An honest, genuine person is hard to come by, like finding a needle in a hay stack. Someone must have been watching over me on that day. The "needle" found my wallet and returned it to me completely undisturbed. Tears of joy and disbelief flooded my eyes as I frantically searched for any missing items. To my surprise all of my card credits were in place and a single dollar bill was exactly where I left it. Upon retrieving my wallet, this amazing individual would not even accept various tokens of gratitude. To Stephanie, my mysterious savior: Though you were so humble and modest I would like to publicly thank you from the bottom of my heart for your selfless act. You truly are an angel in my eyes and your loved ones are extremely lucky to know such a wonderful individual.

Keri Sikora



It seems this Memorial Day that anti-semitism went mainstream in the pages of this paper where an editorial letter compared Jewish efforts to find a safe haven from the Holocaust, to the Nazi Eisatzgroupen who had just committed those atrocities.

This letter adds to the national chorus where President Barack Obama treats the democratically elected prime minister of Israel like a low level supplicant. However, absolute monarchs who ban Jews from their kingdoms are bowed to.

Added to this, the administration has signed onto a U.N. resolution condemning Israel as the only nuclear threat in the Mideast. This ignores both the fact that Israel needs its arsenal to check the power of neighbors who have sworn to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Israel, and that one of those neighbors, Iran, is about to get and probably use the bomb.

Brute survival is not cute. And, the politically correct use warmonger in place of witch to whip up the mob. But, let us not forget the State of Israel exists because people didn't take the last guy to yell "Kill The Jews" seriously.

This all the trouble with anti-semitism and it's about time it stops.

Karl Heinitz


Blatant murders

I need to express outrage at the Israeli killing of nine civilian passengers and wounding of others aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara. The ship is part of a flotilla of three cargo ships and five passenger ships taking tons of much-needed materials to Gaza for rebuilding the buildings damaged and destroyed by the Israeli attack and massacre in December 2008-January 2009, as well as medical supplies, school supplies, and other humanitarian aid.

The attack occurred in international waters, and thus violated international maritime law. Moreover, the captain of the Mavi Marmara had changed course in response to warnings from the Israeli navy, but heavily armed commandos boarded the ship anyway. Surely, the Obama administration must sanction Israel for these blatant murders by cutting military aid to Israel.

Pat Chaffee, OP




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