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          I wrote this in November 2005, and sadly it is more timely now in 2012.  

          Anti-semitism is an incurable social disease.  How tragic that it is rampant in American universities. 

Local attorney Gil Stein wrote a letter to the Sentinel in 2005 saying that anti-semitism was alive and well at UCSC and that anti-semitism was increasing on college campuses throughout the Country. 

How is this possible in institutions of higher learning where parents of college students pay as much as $100,000 for four years so their children can become educated, fair-thinking members of society?  

Because Gil Stein’s letter is very worrisome, I will repeat portions of it along with my own thoughts so that many others in this area can be made aware of this ugly situation, which, if not confronted, will escalate just as it did in Germany in the early 1930s when I lived through it and lost members of my own family. 

Please listen, then register your outrage with the local Chancellor and those irresponsible members of the faculty who say nothing about this very noticeable disagreeable issue. 

Pro-Palestinian speakers receive University sponsorship while pro-Israel speakers are denied sponsorship by those same departments. 

The University promotes diversity, but not diversity with which they disagree.   This policy of looking the other way when certain speakers spout racist venom needs to stop. 

Academic freedom should not be a cover for bigotry.   All campuses should also be open to speakers who do not represent the views of the “politically correct”.   

I say shame on the biased and gutless faculty and leaders who encourage prejudice to fester in places of higher learning.   Remember – when good people remain silent and do nothing, bad things happen and evil takes hold.  It is called the Sin of Omission. 

Our publically financed universities must no longer become institutions of hate and selective discrimination.  

And now, let’s fast forward to 2012 –

Despite the fact that anti-semitism remains an incurable social disease – all fair-thinking people must speak out and protest such despicable actions. 

Denying that there ever was a Holocaust – which is really left out of textbooks in Europe at this time, does not deny that barbarism.

That is the height of shame and cowardous.   Good people must denounce it instead of denying its existence.   

For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.

© copyright 2012

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I just learned about the meaning of the flag-draped coffin.   Maybe some of you knew this, but some may not.  

          Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really re-consider that thought.  Our Founding Fathers used God's Words and teachings to establish our Great Nation.

Be proud of the Country we live in, and even more proud of those who serve to protect our “God given” rights and freedoms.  Here is how to understand the flag that is laid upon the coffin and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers:  

          Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

          Have you ever noticed the Honor Guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the USA flag 13 times?   You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day! 

The 1st fold is a symbol of life. 
The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.
The 3rd fold is in honor and remembrance of the Veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our Country.
The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war.
The 5th fold is a tribute to our Country in dealing with other countries. 
The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie.  It is with their hearts that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the USA, and the Republic for which it stands.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their Country and their flag against all her enemies.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers.  For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty, and devotion that has made this Country so great.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their Country.
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in the Hebrews’ eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians' eyes, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

And finally, the 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding the recipient of their Nation’s motto “In God We Trust”. 

Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of Liberty and Freedom.   One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.  Our Soldiers have preserved your right to make this choice!  

And, kudos to you Marcia for sharing this.

For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.

© copyright 2012

 

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          It may be delinquent for our government to not recognize our military to the extent that it deserves by not giving it and its families higher wages.

          Able-bodied young men are urged to join the military and put themselves in harm’s way, but they may receive low wages and if they have families their wages may also be low compared to those persons working at desk in our now large Obama government.

          When Obama used the first stimulus billions in his government to reward his buddies for helping him become President by enlarging our government unnecessarily, that was a total waste – now we have further expenses and still no new real jobs. 

          Now we see too many of our soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan crippled (why are we fighting so far from home?).  

          Many return without arms or legs with permanent disabilities and struggle financially and it does not appear that our government offers much help simply because our TV’s are filled with requests for We the People to help our Veterans and continue doing so indefinitely. 

          To a point, We the People should be generous, but when does our government step in and also help?

          For many years, I have chosen to help the Paralyzed Veterans – but lately I have been receiving every day in the mail at least 30 requests for help from Veterans associations and other needy charities. 

          Because of these abundant requests so suddenly, I am somewhat irritated to learn that my name and the names of other charitable Americans have been sold to many other organizations asking for help.   And, that is a violation of our privacy!  

          It may be way past time for Obama and our federal government to step up to the plate and also help all of our needy soldiers and their families.  

          It is the moral responsibility of the government who sent our men into war, to take care of them and their families indefinitely if necessary – and if private citizens would like to help out, that would be compassionate, but our government must be the one responsible entity. 

          And finally, why can’t we think carefully before we allow ourselves to go to war with other countries?   Can’t we see that nobody wins in wars except the companies who create the guns and ammunition?   Otherwise, every side loses. 

For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.

© copyright 2012

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