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LETTERS: On New Zealand attack, terrorism is the enemy

LETTERS: On New Zealand attack, terrorism is the enemy

Transparency in Cheshire


For the past two years, a few legislators in D.C. have asked important questions of President Trump’s political appointees. Asking those questions has resulted in accountability for those political appointees.  Asking those questions publicly has allowed the electorate to be educated on the actions of those public appointees. Without such transparency, we would be left in the dark.

Good government requires accountability and transparency — not only at the federal level, but at the local level too. For that reason, I applaud BOE member Adam Grippo for his recent words. And I’m equally saddened by any elected member of the Board of Education who stands in opposition to good government, apparently believing that the public does not need to know about the ongoing actions of political appointees.

Tim White, Cheshire

Terrorism is the enemy


On March 15th, a man opened fire in a mosque, killing 50 people while injuring dozens. This mosque was located in Christchurch, New Zealand, and had occurred during the Friday Prayer, the most significant prayer of the week for Muslims. As a Muslim myself, I am especially saddened by the deaths and injuries of these innocent people in such a barbaric act. Humanity must be united against acts of terror. Terrorists are in fact our common enemy; they strive to divide us by causing chaos and fear. Whether peace or war, acts of terrorism are not only condemned in Islam, but are also alien to the teachings of any moral system. As Our spiritual leader, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has stated, “Extremism must be cut at its root.” We must strive to end inter-communal hatred and bigotry regarding all forms of religion and practices.

As an American Muslim, I am disgusted by the horrific actions committed and offer my deepest condolences to the victims and their families. My earnest prayers are with them during this exceedingly difficult time. 

Waleed Saeed, Wallingford

A lesson and a warning


Commemorations arise amid the aftermath of barbaric terrorist attacks martyring 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, who gathered at mosques to observe the Islamic worship service on Friday. As Ahmadi Muslims, we mourned the sacred lives lost, many of whom were innocent children, to blind hatred and violent misunderstandings, and we were not alone. As our worldwide spiritual leader, the Khalifa, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “This should serve as a lesson and warning … we must join together to tackle all forms of racial, ethnic and religious hatred with wisdom and with a firm hand.” This is exactly what happened. Our Baitul Aman “House of Peace” Mosque Meriden, which was shot at three years ago, belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, (we) were embraced with tearful prayers, statements of solidarity, heartfelt letters and cards of condolences, flowers, and unified action by our Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and even Atheist siblings in humanity. Thank you. We invite you to also be a bridge in a divided society by visiting our Mosque for dignified dialogue Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. as well as by inviting us to your Houses of Worship and platforms. It shouldn’t take a tragedy for us to come together in understanding. Now is the time to live by "love for all, hatred for none" through our actions. Regards of peace and blessings,

Miyan Zahir Muhammad Mannan,
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Meriden

Voters, slay the beast!


Voters, please wake up and get informed. The majority of legislators in Connecticut have no desire to do what’s right for the people — just an intense thirst for control, re-election and your money. You see, the fed can print more money, but the state has to collect your money to ever expand government programs and giveaways.

Remember when we protected our kids from getting involved with harmful practices like drinking, drugs, gambling, smoking? Why? Because we knew it didn’t end well.

Gambling, sports betting, casinos. The money goes into the abyss never to be accounted for. Result? Horrible education outcomes, rising addiction problems, then more money spent to fix the problems. Answer? More gambling and put the inefficient state watching the till. Remember when drugs were bad for people? Stats, medical experts and the Colorado mess, but never mind. The beast needs more money. Pot is a gateway drug.

Tolls. Another way to pick our pockets, The people have spoken — polls, online petition, rallies. Pay attention, voters, and get rid of those who support tolls and watch their voting record. Tolls are an endless tax designed only to go up as the beast gets hungrier. Overtaxation. The colonists revolted. I say we need a Connecticut revolution. Lamont is Malloy on steroids. Connecticut used to be the most prosperous state — now we lead the exit rate. The previous well-run conservative southern states are turning blue as the northern liberals move and take their money and votes with them. Regionalization. Good for some cost saving, but not schools. It’s a deceitful plan to transfer wealth from the well-run towns into the Democratic-run cities. In Connecticut, as well as the country, the Democrats have had a stonghold on failing cities for decades.

Voters, your money is your freedom. Slay the beast. He’s insatiable.

Christine Grazuabi, Wallingford