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NOTICE | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Face the consequences | Driving is a privilege

Facing the consequences

Astonishing update on detainees at Guantanamo Bay: Five of the suspected 9/11 criminals who planned and aided the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, including mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, an al-Qaida figure who was allegedly the alleged architect of the plot that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people, can now avoid execution. Is it right ?

Now American lawyers, who have been salaried for 20 years, are trying to negotiate a plea deal to take the death penalty off the table. All five face the death penalty if convicted by military commission, but delays and legal challenges have made it difficult to date the trial. Twenty years and still no trial?

Defense lawyers say they demand justice. Seriously? I believe that real justice would have been executions years ago, but instead the United States provided comfort and food for the remaining 38 detainees at Guantanamo. The plea deal on the table is so absurd, unfair and outrageous that we shouldn’t be surprised the criminals are getting away with murder. No more consequences. Letting these deplorables live for 20 years is the real crime.


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Driving is a privilege

There are so many young people dying in car crashes on our highways across America. As we teach our children about highway safety, texting while driving, and drugs while driving, let’s also teach them that a car isn’t a toy you drive on the highway; it is a machine.

Learning to drive is a privilege. I remember taking driver training in high school for a year. When it was time for me to take the driving test, a nice patrolman came to our school and took me down the busy highway. I wanted to please the patrolman and my teacher. I was able to drive in Germany on the Autobahn; San Francisco; Washington D.C.; from Tampa to St. Petersburg, Florida; Vegas; Los Angeles; Texas; San Jose, California; and Virginia. I have never had an accident on these highways because I feel I have to take care of myself and other drivers.

I am grateful to my traffic education teacher and this kind traffic patrolman. This was all done at my high school in Tallahassee, Florida.



A meaningful sentence

I believe that a sentence in last Sunday’s lead editorial in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette bears repeating. The editorial titled “Spooks speak/And it’s on the record” dealt with comments from “three Deep Thinkers”, quoting the editorial.

One of the thinkers, Niall Ferguson, sharply criticized President Biden for showing weakness and not showing enough strength to deter Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The significant sentence of the editorial is: “Despite our respect for Niall Ferguson, we do not believe that the current president is an idiot.

Well said, and congratulations to the newspaper that published these thoughts and to the columnist who wrote them.


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Celebrate Differences

Today is World Down Syndrome Day, a global awareness day officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome occurs when an individual has an extra partial (or full) copy of chromosome 21 It is not yet known why this syndrome occurs, but it exists worldwide and has varying effects on learning styles, physical characteristics and health. The date of World Down Syndrome Day is always the 21st day of the third month and was chosen to signify the uniqueness of three instead of two number 21 chromosomes in each cell of the body. Instead of 46 chromosomes, a person with Down syndrome has 47.

I am not a parent or family member of a child with Down syndrome, and this is not my personal journey, but as a special education teacher whose life has been enhanced by students with Down syndrome and their families, I am an advocate for those students I have the good fortune to teach. Each student with Down syndrome is a unique individual, and there is no secret method or strategy that will work every time when teaching these diverse learners in the special education or teaching classroom. general. We must collectively agree that we should see all children, from exceptional learners to the most typical, as individuals. People with unique learning styles, skills, interests and fears; who will need support and accommodations to succeed academically and socially; and who deserve to have their abilities and contributions welcomed and celebrated. Every child is and should be treated as a dignified individual.

Psychologist Nathaniel Branden said, “The first step to change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” I believe the best way to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day is to spread acceptance. So today, take the time to talk with your kids about classmates and friends who might look and learn differently from them. Use this opportunity to celebrate differences in abilities and experiences and to support your child’s awareness and help him become more tolerant.



Prepare a room

Breaking News From Hell: This Is From… For the first time since 1945, Adolf Hitler has deemed a recently confirmed tyrant/despot worthy of sharing his awfully hot room and has been busy preparing for his arrival by vigorously fanning the flames.

Hitler says he is “sincerely looking forward” to enjoying the company and comparing/contrast atrocities against humanity, and said he was extremely excited as he awaited his arrival. “Sooner than later,” he said.


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