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Letters to the Editor 12-2-15

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Half agree with House leader McCarthy about terrorists

I half agree with House Majority Leader McCarthy who is reported by Lederman and Hennessey in Sunday’s Monitor as saying: “It is against the values of our nation and the values of a free society to give terrorists the opening they are looking for.” I only half agree because the terrorists use explosives. If they would only stick to automatic weapons, they would be fully in accord with the values of our nation as a free society.
Terry Goldman
Los Alamos

LA county council
effort to find new brand seems ridiculous

The county council’s effort to find a new brand for Los Alamos seems to be  verging on the ridiculous. Thank goodness “Live Exponentially” was shelved.  
However, the nearly quarter of a million dollars involved in this effort seems like “spending exponentially” to me. Is there no “limit on the horizon” to this expenditure?
The entire process seems to have “elements that are beyond imagination.” Perhaps it is time to start “questioning the possibility” that this effort could ever reach completion. Maybe this “experience is reaching a peak” and everyone will finally realize that the original “Where Discoveries are Made” is just fine.  
Perhaps if it had cost a quarter of a million dollars, everyone would be satisfied and sanity would reign.
Dotty Reilly
Los Alamos

ISIS’ intended threat to U.S. is demonstrated, dedicated

The threat to America is very direct and very serious.
The threat is being made by an active, well-funded and now well-equipped group with up-to-date American weapons.
They are Jihadist terrorists, splintered off from the radical Sunni sect during the civil war in Syria. They will decapitate anyone who will refuse to join their radical, degenerate version of the Islamic religions. Sunni sect, dedicated to eliminating all Christians and Jews, or anyone else who will not give up their religion and join the radical Arabic Islamic sect dedicated to forming a new Sunni caliphate to be formed across the entire Levant and the world.
They have been formed during the ongoing revolution in Syria and they have succeeded in taking control of the southeastern section of Syria, which also open access directly to the northern border of Iraq.
These borders are not inaccessible walls. They are not erasable lines in the sands, so effectively, now there is no border between Syria and Iraq.
It is currently estimated that ISIS now numbers about 30,000 international Sunni sect Jihadist suicidal terrorists, who have come from all over the world.
It is said that about 2,000 would have passports that would grant them direct access to North America.
Other members could gain access across our borders illegally, as have so many others.
At this point in time, ISIS means the radical Sunni Islamic Caliphate of Syria and Iraq, also it means that this group of dedicated Jihadist Sunni terrorists are in the process of establishing the Islamic radical religion of the Levant, meaning the entire Middle East, or what is now being referred to as ISIL.
So, this ISIS or ISIL, a genuine priority threat to North America, a group of  terrorists who now threaten the United States very directly. They are led by one man, the Caliph. His name is Abu Bakir Al Baghdadi, or from Baghdad. He is the civil and rebellious leader of what is now being referred to as the Islamic State, and it is their objective to become, very soon, the Islamic State of the Levant, or ISIL, that is the entire Middle East, North Africa, and eventually any other corner of the world where they can establish themselves and execute any Christians, Jews and anyone else who won’t become an active member of their religious sect.
So, that is the direct threat to North America and to the world, if you want to be realistic about what the demonstration and dedicated intent is of the ISIL.
You either agree to join their radicalized version of the Islamic Sunni sect or you die.
Col. Robert T. Duff, USAF (Ret.)
Los Alamos