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Decatur stores lack sufficient security

To The Daily: Somebody, please help us. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had one store in Decatur that had sufficient security inside and outside in the parking lot, where women could shop for groceries, etc., without fear of losing their purses and even their lives?

’Nuff said. Please help.

- Raymond Feltman


Enjoyed stories about honesty and integrity

To The Daily: It was wonderful opening the Dec. 13 edition of The Decatur Daily and reading about individuals who value honesty and integrity in their daily lives.

One story appeared as a letter of gratitude in an advertisement (page A8, Roden Surplus Imports Inc.). The president of the company voiced his appreciation for an employee who found $800 in their parking lot, turned the money in to management and then shed tears of joy when the rightful owner claimed it.

Another interesting story appeared on page A11. Philip Gailey (St. Petersburg Times) wrote about the “Truth-telling revolution in D.C.” His editorial reports, “Yes, candor is suddenly in fashion in Washington, with the Iraq Study Group being the latest and most stunning example in a city that runs on spin, half-truths and lies. A few days before the group released its report, the president’s new secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, scored points for candor at his Senate confirmation hearings.”

These stories reminded me of something written by Mary Baker Eddy, discoverer and founder of Christian Science: “Truth is, and ever has been, simple; and because of its utter simplicity, we in our pride and selfishness have been looking right over it ... instead of coming in great pomp and splendor, it appears in the simpleness of demonstration” (Miscellaneous Writings, page 469).

Thank you for publishing these inspiring stories.

- Eileen M. James


Clerics’ boycott solves airline security problem

To The Daily: Because of justified actions of U.S. Airways on Nov. 21 and the reaction by American Islamic Relations Council at a raucous press conference in Phoenix two days later before the obliging, gleeful cameras of ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC, I suggest that all free-world security organizations take notice of the reaction of the clerics. If, as a result of such effective, concrete profiling measures, a self-imposed boycott of our airlines by Muslims occurs, the jihad- ists would solve our worst security problem.

The six Muslim clerics were booted off a flight because they were bad-mouthing American anti-terrorist efforts in Iraq and they fit other terrorist characteristics as well. They were all male and three of them had purchased one-way tickets and had no checked luggage.

I believe the Supreme Court has decreed that the First Amendment doesn’t give Americans the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theater. So, I doubt that loud and boisterous activity of jihadists in a crowded airplane or other commercial businesses would be sanctioned by the court in spite of the usual ACLU-Kennedy-Pelosi-Kerry-Schumer-Rangel-Biden protests.

Wonder how we might evoke a similar boycott on our trains and buses, as well. And while we are at it, how about their immigration, too.

- Edwin R. Hyatt


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