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Off The Editor’s Desk – 5-4-2016


In last week’s column I used a piece that was attributed to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard about Muslims. I received an e-mail from Wesley Brandt that informed me that the piece was not penned by Gillard. I am sorry that I did not check further than to check her bio.

Apparently it was not the first time she was the target of a hoax. According to a website that Wesley forwarded to me, part of the message represents the words of Barry Loudermilk, a U.S. Air Force veteran and columnist. The article he wrote expressed his personal views on patriotism and immigration after the 9/11 incident and was meant for an American audience.

Thanks, Wesley, for putting me straight on the matter. But, I still like the piece and everyone coming as an immigrant should learn our ways, don’t ask us to change to their ways, and they should especially learn our language.

In another matter, some time ago I started getting e-mails from a group called “The STOP Mass Incarceration Network.” I took interest in it because as a nation we have put more people in prison than any other country. I thought that this group may have a plan that could bring us into line with the rest of the world.

However, it was a big mistake. Their release of last Saturday promoted their recent student protest to “#StopPolice Terror on Campuses Across the Country.” I quickly learned that this is not something that I want to get involved with. I think that these are the type of groups that we as citizens need to watch out for what they could do to our society.

Here is what their release stated: “On April 21 the Student Day of Action to #StopPoliceTerror there were protests on campuses across the country. Students from diverse perspectives came together responding to a call issued by students at San Francisco State University and joined by students from at least seven other universities including the U of Wisconsin.”

Several social activists, including Carl Dix, of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, endorsed this event. If you are as old as I am, you will remember the protests during the Vietnam War. Carl Dix was drafted into the army in 1968 and in 1970, he along with several others refused orders to go to Vietnam. Dix served two years in. Leavenworth Military Penitentiary and it was during his incarceration that he became a revolutionary.

It looks to me that this group is a hate group against police, because they figure that police officers are held to a different standard for killing. I could not find any statement by this group that protests when a police officer is killed or injured in the line of duty. I think that if they get their way, it will be hard for the citizens of this country to find people to keep the peace. It goes a long way to say thank you to those that served and protect us.

This group and others like them should be talking to officials about how to improve relationships with the law enforcement community. We all would be better off.

Thanks for reading!     ~Carlton