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Historical injustices, real and perceived, create seeds of terrorism. Today’s policies create a fertile environment for the seeds of terrorism to flourish.

The first environmental factor is overpopulation. Where there is cultural pressure and/or lack of access to birth control, high birth rates lead to overpopulation.

The second factor is finite local resources to sustain that population, including food, healthcare, education, housing, and employment that results in sustainable income for families.


We would like to send our deepest appreciation to all of you who have donated money, clothes, furniture, toys and your services during our great tragedy. But most of all for your love, support and prayers. Without these we could not have survived this terrible time. Your continued concern and support are absolutely overwhelming and all we can hope for is that we will someday be able to pay it forward. Our hope in human goodness has been restored through all of your acts of kindness. So thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Amanda, Daphne & Cole McCoy and family — Franklin, N.C.

We join the rest of the world in mourning the brave staff of the magazine “Charlie Hebdo,” gunned down by religious fanatics for defending freedom of the press.

Meat industry fanatics in the U.S. have devised a more subtle means of stifling freedom of the press. The states of Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah have enacted "ag-gag" laws that impose criminal penalties on investigators seeking to expose animal abuses and safety violations in factory farms.

According to an Associated Press report in yesterday’s papers, four members of an animal protection organization were charged with violating Utah’s ag-gag law. They sought to document the daily transport of thousands of pigs from the infamous Circle Four factory farm in Cedar City (UT) to the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Los Angeles.

Ag-gag laws are clearly unconstitutional and are being challenged in federal courts. Assaults on press freedom need to be confronted wherever they rear their ugly heads, even when they assume the legitimacy of a state law.

Chad Carlyle — Highlands, N.C.

Well now, for the space of five paragraphs I thought Bob Wilson was actually on the right track regarding his letter on freedom of the press.

We all agree that we are a freedom loving nation. We believe in our basic right to free speech – for ourselves and others. However, Mr. Wilson, true to form, continued on in several following paragraphs to display the obtuse views from the crevasses of his apparently dimpled and circuitous thought processes.

In no way, none, not at all, did commentary on his writings support left, right, or centrist, views of any political party. They only expressed the wish that, though he has a right to his opinion, he needs to clearly state that it is only his opinion – it is not fact, and therefore not necessarily whole truth. He has a penchant for sharing twisted or partial facts and leaps between creating his own fiction out of whole-cloth or sharing whatever bits, pieces, and portions he pursues from non-credible sources, and then, while claiming to be impartial, declaring them as true.


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