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True jihad is a struggle with our inner anger

John SteChicago Jazz Festival 2012. | PHOTO BY MICHAEL JACKSON

John Stein at the Chicago Jazz Festival 2012. | PHOTO BY MICHAEL JACKSON

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Updated: October 21, 2012 2:42PM



The real struggle is internal

Life is difficult being an American Muslim, but having to deal with the fear of losing my life is even worse — and Abel Daoud allegedly almost made this fear become reality when his attempt to plot a bomb across from my office failed miserably.

As a Muslim, it is not that I deny jihad; in fact, I embrace it because I understand it well. Jihad is not repeatedly emphasized in the Holy Quran so that we can shed blood, spread disorder and disloyalty, or disrupt civil peace in its name. Not even Prophet Muhammad ever raised a sword against his enemies when much wrong was committed against him.

Then how is it that some Muslims feel the need to plot a bomb to demonstrate their anger? Quran, if used properly, would be a much better weapon, even in this day and age, if we could use its beautiful and peaceful teachings to combat our anger; our internal struggle — the jihad we should be fighting — would be in balance.

Kamran Khan, Mount Prospect

Wonderful trip to Chicago

My wife and I recently enjoyed a week in your beautiful city. Our son, Will, has lived in Chicago for two years and was our tour guide. I have been to New York and Los Angeles, and neither compares in the vast array of art and cultural venues.

We enjoyed the Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park, many of your well-known restaurants and even a Sunday Cubs game, which was a wonderful experience. I was expecting a sparse crowd due to the ball club’s record, but Wrigley Field was packed. I now understand the true meaning of fan loyalty. Everywhere we went, we were treated with courtesy and respect. We both look forward to another trip to your city.

Clarence “Buddy” Dailey,

Millington, Tenn.

Wrong priorities

I think President Barack Obama could have been a great president, but he chose to go with green energy and health care, which would be OK in a good economy, but not in a bad economy. If he had applied all his energy in getting jobs for people, he would be a better president than he is now.

Lalo Bernal, Oak Forest

Romney unveils true agenda

The Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan campaign cons voters by hiding their true agenda behind benign-sounding rhetoric loaded with patriotic symbolism, devoid of details.

But to hear the truth, we need only let Romney be Romney. The more he talks, the more he reveals his inability to lead our nation. His latest gaffe caught on tape declares 47 percent of us non-millionaires are unworthy of consideration as citizens.

This on top of a series of gaffes from London to Tel Aviv that already questioned his leadership qualifications.

Their prescription for curing our economic woes: more of what ran the bus into the ditch during eight years of Republican rule under George W. Bush.

Finish unraveling yourself, Mitt: Tell us more.

Ted Z. Manuel, Hyde Park

Romney doesn’t care

Mr. Romney, your comments of caring less for those who are jobless, in abject poverty to the point of not paying taxes (largely made up of homeless children, seniors, and even veterans), and thousands of people hungry, without medical care or medication shows who and what you are about. This is not about entitlements or a better America, you appear to have only one plan, to make your wealthiest friends richer.

Scott R. Zuhr, Park Ridge

Lewis is strong leader

I applaud Karen Lewis on her tenacity!

Yes, she is an aggressive leader who confronts her naysayers with an air of suspicion. Contentious business and political foes expected Chicago teachers to bow down and accept a mediocre contract.

Strong leaders challenge their adversaries.

Richard White, Elmhurst

Still front-page news

What was with your front page on Sept. 11? Nowhere was there a mention of the 9/11 tragedy.

Pat Blatz, Roselle

Inappropriate photo

In Wednesday’s Sun-Times, there was a picture of two men who had a 4-year-old little girl tied to a cross to illustrate how the teachers’ strike was affecting kids. What a cute way to make a point . . . take a small, innocent child who cannot possibly understand what is going on and make her the object of a mock crucifixion. And even more surprising, apparently the Sun-Times saw nothing wrong with posting this photo sans any disclaimer.

Rob Sarnowski, Elgin

Bad economic policy

The administration likes to point to the recovery of the stock market as a sure sign of economic recovery. They want us to ignore $6 trillion in new debt, perpetual trillion-dollar deficits, chronic unemployment, disastrous housing market, devalued market, soaring energy prices, and rising inflation.

The stock market has risen for two primary reasons: trillions in printed worthless money to buy up bad debt and near zero interest rates that offer no return on savings, CDs or money market funds. The stock market is the only potential source of a reasonable return on investments. Corporate earnings have risen because they have cut costs, namely employees, to achieve profitability. Jobs lost will never come back.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has decided to double down on failed Keynesian economics and continue to print more worthless paper money. He is committing $40 billion per month to purchase mortgage-backed securities for an indefinite period of time in an attempt to keep interest rates low. People and businesses will not borrow money just because it is available.

While Bernanke claims it is a non-political decision there is no doubt it will help President Barack Obama at least in the short term. What this action will do for sure is devalue the dollar and fuel inflation. There is irrefutable evidence that both are occurring.

The fact that Bernanke is implementing QE3 is an admission that TARP, the Stimulus, the Omnibus Bill, QE1 and QE2 were not successful. If previous plans and trillions in previous spending has not worked what would make him believe that more spending will now work?

Ray Cziczo, Johnsburg



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