Most educated people display ignorance concerning even the most basic philosophy of Islam. The only solution for this is education in courses condemned as 'soft' or unnecessary by the current administration of Gov. Pat McCrory.
Islam is a peaceful religion, guiding its followers to strive continuously for lifelong self improvement and purity of spirit. It asks the followers of the faith to offer service to others with their talents. These three young people were the happy embodiment of that faith.
Many neighbors of Mr. Hicks have stated they had experienced his anger, his unceasing obsession with the inadequate parking in his condominium complex, and his anti-religious views. To my knowledge, none of the neighbors except the Muslims experienced a display of weapons. His obsessions with weapons and parking and anti-theism met those smiling, happy young people, resulting in this tragedy.
Perhaps if he and others were aware of the true nature is Islam, this tragedy could have been avoided.
This is an interesting article. The agenda as published on the website for the Town of Pittsboro listed the Chatham Parks discussion and Mr. Smith's presence, so I am somewhat mystified by the element of surprise hinted at here about the ensuing discussion. In addition, the request for a discussion was published previously in the local paper: The Chatham Record.
I have lived in this area all my adult life, since 1970 and can attest that the changes to Chatham Co. -- Pittsboro in particular -- have been significant and to the good. In the last 8 years, with welcomed citizen input, Mayor Randy Voller and the Pittsboro Town Board have enhanced the liveability of Pittsboro via new parks, improved water quality and infrastructure, and collaborative programs that make the town inviting to new businesses.
Mayor Randy Voller has been a determined leader even in the face of extreme adversity. For example, as the Chatham County courthouse burned Mayor Voller was in the smoke-filled streets assuring citizens that the courthouse would be rebuilt and the downtown would be revitalized. He has helped grow Pittsboro and, with the boards that he has led, has had an indelible and positive impact on the town.
I knew the mayor's father, Lot Voller. Mr. Voller was a German immigrant, a retired and decorated Air Force officer, and caring man who moved to Pittsboro to be near and work with his son. Together they built communities and infrastructure in Chatham Co. and the piedmont region before the recession and banking crisis ravaged their businesses.
Lot Voller was a proud citizen who took his family to vote in every election. He didn't allow the right he'd earned to be taken lightly by those born to it. He contributed to resolutions passed by the Pittsboro Town Council, especially for Veterans, and was tremendously proud of his son's work.
I imagine that the Mayor's emotions in Tuesday's Town Board meeting were fueled by the memories of his father, falling as it did on the day after Veteran's Day and a week after the local elections. Randy Voller has often expressed a desire to spread his father's ashes on Jordan Lake, which his father loved, or in one of the parks that his father frequented often. - V. Penley
Well expressed, Mr. Geary, very well. The urgency felt in Texas that night was felt around the world, thanks to Ms. Davis performing her masterful 12 hour delaying tactic, and the aid of the Presidential tweet plus the presence of the live feed.
July 2, last night in Raleigh, we did not have any warning this would happen, but the 12 hour delay before the final vote this morning brought thousands of angry women and men to the legislature in protest. Our General Assembly rules did not allow a filibuster, but the opinions of those who could arrive and object were heard.
This is not over yet, the bill is not yet law, but if recent history is any guide, it soon will go before McCrory for his veto or consent. If he vetos it, it could pass over his veto, as well.
This bill does not represent the will of the people. If the GOP legislators thought it did, they could have presented it openly on its own merits, not hidden in a bill stated previously as one keeping non-existant Sharia laws out of family courts. Only the protests of this mornings crowd will let the people of NC know what is being passed in their name.
Then they can decide, in the election of 2014, if they want these Republicans in the majority again.
Yes, Mr Geary, there is indeed such a rule in the NCDP rules.
Also, the Voller campaign has a message for all Democrats in North Carolina.
At the Voller for Chair Campaign,we sympathize with Eric, and are thinking of his mother, and understand that family comes first.
Randy Voller also has this message for all NC Democrats:
Now is the time for all Democrats to stand united, and Randy Voller is the man who can bring people all of walks of life together. He is the man who can unite and lead the NCDP for North Carolina, by North Carolinians.
This has been his reason for running this campaign from the beginning, and now, in this time of trial for Eric, he stands ready to serve this Party going forward. We should all stand united behind him.
Virginia Penley, volunteer, Voller 4 Chair committee
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