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Posted on February 21 at 8:08 p.m.

This isn't a situation where I'm trying to politically correct. The issue is the terrorism and the violence, not the religion. I will grant you that almost all of the terrorism is caused by fanatical followers of Islam. But the issue is not the following of Islam, the issue is the terrorism and violence by these individuals. Although many of our leaders and citizens are Christians, our federal government should be blind to matters of religious faith, especially as it relates to foreign policy.

I will rephrase something I said earlier. Association of violence with the religion does not bring us to the same level as the terrorist, but I believe it would be a critical foreign policy mistake to associate our war on terror with any particular religion. If someone is killed by al Qaeda or the IRA, they're still dead and the effects of violence are still the same.

On Selfish Selfies

Posted on February 21 at 7:04 p.m.

Jarvis - "Employers have a default right to assume anyone in this country is legal".

Absolutely false. Employers are required to obtain a social security number from all employees. The numbers can be easily verified using the E-Verify system. Use of the E-Verify system should be made mandatory for all employers with stiff penalties for those that don't verify the status of their employees using that system.

On Employed Illegally?

Posted on February 21 at 10:54 a.m.

If they do, they should be prosecuted as should all employers of illegal aliens. That will do much more to solve the problem than securing the borders.

On Employed Illegally?

Posted on February 21 at 6:16 a.m.

The fact that the vast majority of this violence associated with the terrorism is being perpetrated by people that classify themselves as Muslims is incidental. It's not in our interests to associate the violence with the religion, it brings us to the same moral level as the terrorists by doing so. It also forces more people to choose sides. Politics and religion are ideologies that people are often emotional about. That should be obvious from the views expressed on this comments section. We shouldn't play into that emotion by doing so. If we start portraying this a a Christian vs. Muslim war, it forces more people to take sides and makes the terrorism more difficult to obliterate. And it's not that we're denying that most of the terrorism is being perpetrated by religious fanatics. Our position should be that people can believe whatever they want to believe, but the terrorism will not be tolerated.

I will admit that violence is the only language that groups like ISIS and al Queda understand. Punishing them with targeted drone strikes is probably the best way to go. I have no problem with what Obama is doing against these guys.

On Selfish Selfies

Posted on February 20 at 2:19 p.m.

It really is irrelevant what the violence is driven by. Who the f--- cares? It's the violence itself that's the problem, not the religion behind it.

The Neocons and the bible-thumpers are doing at least as much harm to this country as the spend-thrift liberals. This is a war against terrorism, but it's NOT a religious war.

I can blame Obama for a lot of things, but military adventurism isn't one of them. Close bases, spend less on defense and return the money to the taxpayers.

On Selfish Selfies

Posted on February 20 at 11:57 a.m.

Gosh Ken. Dale Francisco has more knowledge in his little finger than you will ever have. Just by the nature of most of your posts, everyone here can tell that you're just a partisan hack towing the party line with barely a individual thought of your own.

I will admit I've seen a few half-decent one liners from you, but really, that's about as good as it gets.

On The Strange and Mysterious Case of Cruzito Cruz

Posted on February 20 at 8:51 a.m.

I personally would like to read Mr. Byrd's editorials if he would kindly publish them here in the comments section for us.

On Whose Free Speech?

Posted on February 20 at 6:44 a.m.

I certainly feel for those suffering pain from incurable disease. I also understand it would be a legal quagmire to try and legalize any form of assisted suicide. What I would object to is someone trying to inflict their own moral values on my own personal life decisions. If my life was that uncomfortable that I would rather not be alive, it would be my prerogative to end my own suffering by any means I choose.

On The Crime of Assisted Suicide

Posted on February 20 at 5:36 a.m.

Please put your editorials here in the comments section for others to read Mr. Byrd. Although yours wasn't published, I saw many letters to the editor in the News-Press that criticized the journalistic choices you referenced.

On Whose Free Speech?

Posted on February 19 at 9:50 p.m.

That's exactly what PODER was doing to Santos Guzman.

On Tensions Roiling over Milpas Plan

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