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Imagine if we let the terrorists defeat us

Imagine if we let the terrorists defeat us

*Imagine if we let the terrorists defeat us *Free speech not just speech you support *Inviting refug

Imagine if we let the terrorists defeat us

And so the streets of Paris are yet again stained red with Western blood, and, in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, only yards away from the spot where the butchery took place, outdoors, in Place de la Republique, surrounded by a crowd, some nitwit at a piano begins to sing “Imagine” — and no one reacts?

Have we Westerners all gone mad or merely all turned stupid?

“Imagine there’s no country?”

Is this what Parisians want? No France? Because if they do, the terrorists are complying.

Your nation has been bled to death right under your noses by an alien force bent on annihilating you, and you allow some moron to chant “Imagine there’s no country?”

Confused?

Okay, so “imagine” this.

Outsiders intrude into your home, kill your parents, brothers and sisters, and minutes later, some guy whips out his guitar and sings “Imagine there’s no family, it isn’t hard to do!”

Would you find this consoling? Would you sing along? Or would you crack the guy’s guitar across his serenading head?

Wake up you Western wussies. Don’t be duped by smooth-talking one-world ideologues and dreamers, or you’ll soon find yourselves homeless in your own home, strangers in your own land.

It is what the terrorists wish for. It might even have been John Lennon’s wish.

Do not make it yours.

Roberto Rotondo

Montreal, Quebec

Free speech not just speech you support

I am writing to offer a different point of view to the two people who want to ban the battle flag of Virginia (aka rebel flag) from sale at the Washington County Fair.

What it may represent to two people, it may not represent to others. I am sick and tired of one or two people with a twisted agenda deciding for others what speech is allowed and what isn’t. To most people, the battle flag of Virginia represents a rebel spirit and a kind of independence. Certainly to those of the Southern region of America, it is nothing more than a symbol of regional pride.

Amazon.com, Wal-Mart and other major retailers have refused to sell its image, yet offer the ISIS, al-Qaida, gay pride and even the swastika flags for sale. These symbols are hateful to others, but these places continue to offer them for sale. I don’t see anyone screaming to take them off the market.

Freedom of speech does not mean only the speech that others like. If something is offensive to you, don’t buy it. I will end this letter with a quote. 1 Corinthians 10:29b: “For why should my liberty be determined by another man’s Scruples?”

Racism is ugly and none of us support it. We need to be less thin-skinned as a people and we need to stop letting “little” things divide us.

Terry K. Hurlburt

Schenectady

Inviting refugees into country is insanity

Regarding the Paris attacks — put the numbers in perspective: More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined.

Islamic terrorists murder more people every day than the Ku Klux Klan has in the last 70 years.

More civilians were killed by Muslim hijackers in two hours on Sept. 11 than in the 36 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.

Islamic extremists massacred more Iraqis on a single day in June 2014 than the number of American criminals executed in the last 40 years.

Muslim fundamentalists kill more people everyday than were killed during the entire Salem Witch Trials.

Sunni supremacists slaughtered more Yazidi minorities on Aug. 14, 2014, than the number of black Americans lynched by white supremacists in the previous 100 years. And Obama and representatives of the Peoples Republic of Scotia want to bring these people here. Wake up folks. Bringing Syrian refugees to this country is not humanitarian; it’s insanity.

Mike Blyskal

Ballston Spa

We need Trump to reverse liberal trend

Re: Aug. 30 letter, “Trump’s deportation plan been done before,” stated by Michael Sheedy Jr., Operation Wetback was done before, but it was never enforced by the Democratic liberals. Trump will do it. You have now going on eight years the most pitiful leadership this country has ever had.

Re: Sept. 9, 2015, letter, “Obama owed credit for nation’s rebound,” by Bob Karandy, Obama owed credit for nation’s rebound? Where do you get such information — from liberal news? He has gotten us deeper in debt and has not done anything good for this country.

He has broken our Constitution. The Iranian nuclear deal is a bad deal. You don’t give them 30 days notice when you want to inspect them to see if they are living up to the deal. Remember Pearl Harbor?

You say that Trump went bankrupt with four of his companies, costing thousands of jobs. He must have a brilliant brain to come back and open more companies and come back and make billions. Tell me, what have you accomplished in your years that you can blast a man who succeeded to become a billionaire?

Re: Sept. 28, 2015, letter, “We must respect the Supreme Court,” by Gary P. Guido: Why should we respect the ruling of an appointed office? Whatever happened to “by the people, for the people?” We should vote on these laws they make. We are supposed to be a democracy; the majority should vote on the laws.

It has not been a democracy at least since they passed the law that they can use eminent domain to take your land and give it to a private contractor. Being that I fought for my country for freedom and justice, they can take away my land or the land of my children. The democratic liberals are to blame.

Re: Oct. 6, 2015 column, “Addition by subtraction: Trump’s flawed approach,” by Linda Chavez, stating that the illegal immigrants contribute to our economy. What world is she living in? They cost the government money. Democratic liberals are at it again, knocking Donald Trump.

Vincent Belardo

Albany

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