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Community service is the answer for involving teens in their hometowns

To The Daily Sun,

When (recent letter writer) Mr. Charles Wibel was young, and I was far younger, America was a much different place. We were taught how to write proper letters and were judged on our penmanship. Children were disciplined in school when they misbehaved. We were taught civics and what our role — and responsibility — was in society.

Those days are done and long gone. Cursive writing is not even taught in most public schools anymore. Civics is a thing of the past and we're lucky if they cover it in social studies. Most kids cannot even write a letter these days, God forbid in their own handwriting. Most parents don't even discipline their children, let alone the schools.

Community service is the answer for modern school districts to involve older teenagers into the machinations of their communities. The goal is to create a connection between the child and where they live and the benefits they get from that same community.

I don't see complaints from any younger people — just older people who don't seem to get that we are instilling in kids of today the exact same things that were instilled in themselves yesteryear. It's a real shame that after all these years it's turned into a callous selfishness and just one more quest for money.

But I should be careful lest Mr. Wibel confuses passion with suicidal tendencies once again.

Alan Vervaeke
Gilford

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We know that Bible and Quran both have violent & intolerant passages

To The Daily Sun,

James Veverka continues to rant about the moral equivalency of Islam and Christianity like a stubborn, one-trick pony. He appears to be unable to comprehend the main point of Steve Earle's discussions about Islam as compared to Christianity. He continues to parrot the same old semantic silliness about how the Bible and the Quran are moral equivalents regarding the violent and intolerant passages. And how both books have plenty to ridicule and reject. Blah, blah, blah.

Is there a worldwide Christian movement that is terrorizing non-believers based on the Bible Mr. Veverka? There is a worldwide movement that is terrorizing non-believers based on the Quran isn't there Mr. Veverka? And isn't that the critical, existential question Mr. Veverka? Please try and have a rational discussion about radical, Islamic terrorism will you please?

We all know that both books have the violent and intolerant passages. A big whoop if you please. Let's compare how Christians are using the Bible today as compared with how Muslims are using the Quran today, shall we? Let's compare how Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and North Africa versus how Muslims are being treated in the United States and Europe. Or how Muslim women are being treated in most Muslim countries as of this point in time.

There is enough literature from former and current Muslims who indict Islam for it's continued practices of jihad and gender apartheid to fill a library. Ibn Warraq, Ali Sina, Wafa Sultan, Nonie Darwish, Mosab Hassan Yousef, Nabeel Qureshi, Hamed Abdel-Samad, Sara Azmeh Rasmussen, Dr, Qanta Ahmed, Hussein Aboubakr, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Sandra Solomon, Abdullah Sameer, Walid Shoebat, Walid Phares, Bosch Fawstin, Raymond Ibrahim and of course the courageous Brigitte Gabriel all lament the continued use of jihad and gender apartheid in many Muslim countries.

Danusha V. Goska, the person who identified these and many other names in his May 8, 2017 column on the frontpagemag.com website notes that leftist activists such as Linda Sarsours and Reza Asians who "play the white supremacist, xenophobic, Islamophobia game want to erase the objective facts". They are nothing more than sleight of hand, smokescreen artists focused on protecting Islam from the "cleansing intellectual sunlight" of facts, truth and accurate history. Perhaps James ought to get out into the sunlight more because he may be suffering from the brain fog of a severe vitamin D deficiency along with his ideologically deluded belief that Islam in the 21st century is the moral and peaceful equivalent of Christianity. Blasphemy I tell you, blasphemy. For shame James.

Russ Wiles
Tilton

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