Dr. S. Amjad Hussain’s Feb. 6 op-ed column, “Get to know others before you judge them,” described the derogatory material some of his readers sent him about his Muslim religion and culture.
One reader sent the article “Joys of Muslim Women” by Nonnie Darwish, a Muslim woman who converted to Christianity and believes there is a conspiracy by radial Islamists to split the West by imposing shariah, or Islamic, law in Western societies.
Dr. Hussain refers to Ms. Darwish as an anti-Muslim poster child who took “a few kernels of religion and mixed them with some bizarre cultural traditions to make it look as if all Muslims are part of a conspiracy to undermine Western civilization.”
For comparison, he pointed to the physical and emotional abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests and ultraconservative Jews against children and women. He said those are aberrations that should not be pinned on an entire religion.
But citing the misdeeds of a few practitioners of Christianity and Judaism relative to the atrocities committed by entire Muslim nations in the name of Islamic jihad, promoting global terrorism, suicide bombings, execution of nonbelievers, mass murder, and the constant threat of genocide against their Israeli neighbors, pales by comparison.
As political unrest, hatred, and carnage continue in the Middle East, it’s difficult for non-Muslims to judge the Islamic faith as a peaceful, tolerant, and non-threatening religion.
Ohio should OK right-to-work law
I am encouraged that Indiana has become the 23rd right-to-work state (“False choice on labor law: Part 2,” op-ed column, Feb. 26). If government allows an environment for business to flourish, then jobs will be created. This means reasonable tax rates and fair-minded but not ridiculous labor laws.
States with right-to-work laws have experienced job growth despite a poor economy, according to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research. Ohio, Michigan, and Montana are considering right-to-work laws.
A right-to-work law would be a victory for the worker. Such a law gives workers a voice to decide who speaks for them, and the choice of whether to join an organization to secure employment.
The Buckeye State should give its residents a right to choose and make Ohio the 24th right-to-work state.
Don’t forget algae as lakes’ problem
Like the Asian carp knocking on the door to the Great Lakes, algae and nutrients are also immediate threats to the Great Lakes waters and economy (“Budget requests $300M for Great Lakes efforts,” Feb. 14).
We need a Great Lakes nutrient/algae reduction plan similar to plans for Chesapeake Bay and the Everglades, with adequate resources.
While a Great Lakes nutrient reduction plan is put together, Lake Erie needs continuous monitoring at its tributaries and in the western basin. This will provide data to determine whether programs to reduce phosphorous are working.
Lake Erie also needs demonstration projects to show that algae-reduction efforts are under way while research continues.
Editor’s Note: The letter writer is a founder of the Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Alliance.
Untreated sewage poses a problem
The City of Toledo has decided to dispose of untreated sewage sludge on a man-made island in Maumee Bay. This is a decided change from the prior procedure of placing treated sludge, which is a safe material, on farmland — a beneficial use of the sludge.
Some people have expressed concerns that the new procedure poses a potential danger to Maumee Bay because the runoff contains bacteria and probably heavy metals leached from the untreated sludge.
From 1974 to 1978, I was involved in a Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority-sponsored study to determine the effects of a confined disposal facility on the flow and quality of water in Maumee Bay. This facility was designed for the disposition of dredged sediments from the Maumee River and shipping channel.
The results of the study showed no negative impact from the facility on the bay. The study team determined that the location of the facility would not negatively affect water quality.
Today, the facility is a site for dumping tens of thousands of tons of sewage sludge from Toledo. No testing of the quality of the water runoff is proposed.
I find that incomprehensible. There should be a program of monitoring the chemical and biological makeup of the runoff.
University of Toledo
Candidates must be aware of public
Until would-be candidates who run for office in city, state, and federal governments live in the real world of those who have physical, emotional, and financial problems, there likely never will be a lawmaker who can comprehend the lives of those who need help the most.
There never will be those candidates, because they don’t have millions of dollars to make themselves well known. God help the little man as those who can run for office get elected.
Rose Acres Drive
Refuse collection proves troublesome
I recently rolled my two trash containers in front of my house and placed them between two parked cars, as I always do. After the automated refuse trucks collected the regular and recycled trash, I noticed a tag on a container.
It said I had to “place [the] container at least three feet from parked vehicles and three feet from obstructions such as mailboxes and other containers.” It said my trash would not be collected if I did not comply.
That means I would need 14 feet of free space between cars parked in front of my house. I need 3 feet from the back of the first car to the first container (each container is 2½ feet wide).
From that container to the next container, I need another 3 feet. From the second container to the other parked car, I need another 3 feet.
Nowhere on my street am I going to find 14 feet of space between cars. So much for automated trash pickup.
Editor’s Note: A Republic Services spokesman said the tags will be reprinted to remove the notice about discontinuing service. The company said requested space is a courtesy for refuse collectors; the service will continue to pick up residents’ refuse.
Pool awakens fond memories
Your article about renovating Roosevelt Pool in Toledo caught my attention (“Pool in central city to open after 2 years; $277,000 to be spent for work at Roosevelt,” Feb. 21).
I taught at Washington Kindergarten Center at Palmwood Avenue and Collingwood Boulevard from 1963 to 1985. My second and third-grade classes walked each month to Roosevelt Pool.
We were given instruction, were taught some strokes, and practiced. It was a great experience.
I’m glad there will be a refurbished pool.
Spending on pool irresponsible idea
Toledo has financial problems, yet it is going to spend $277,000 to renovate a swimming pool.
How can city officials put that much money into something for kids? Will seniors be allowed to use the pool? Could that money be used for a parks and recreation program for everyone to use?