September 26, 2013

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Now Ms. Christian adds a convenient concern for supposedly displaced black workers, supported largely by bad history and post hoc ergo propter hoc (after this, therefore because of this) arguments.

And studies show loss of job opportunities for blacks -- and whites -- since 1970 to be very largely a consequence of mechanization, more productive labor and globalization of manufacturing, not Hispanic immigrants, a great many of whom gravitated to agricultural stoop labor that blacks and whites avoid.

It is occasion for celebration, not blame, that Congress, primarily in the service of corporate greed and militarism, appears capable, after long delay, of rising to the wish of most Americans to welcome these long-suffering strangers into our midst as fellow citizens.

Their need and conduct here over many years have proven them deserving of both.

Ursula L. Slavick

Portland

Media ignored shooting at conservative group's offices

Here is a remarkable example of the press ignoring a major story involving guns, terrorism and gay marriage.

Three days after a deranged man murdered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, a District of Columbia federal judge sentenced Floyd L. Corkins II to 25 years in prison under the 2002 Anti-Terrorism Act for an action with the intent to "intimidate or coerce a significant portion of the civilian population."

The reason his name or crime doesn't ring a bell is because the press looked the other way: The event did not follow a politically correct story line. 

Thirteen months ago, during the media-manufactured controversy over Chick-fil-A's opposition to gay marriage, Corkins walked into the Family Research Council's D.C. headquarters with the specific intention of killing as many people as possible. 

In addition to a gun, he carried 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, which, he told the FBI, he intended to smear into the faces of Family Research Council employees as a political statement.

A security guard thwarted his plan, but not before Corkins shot him during a struggle. The guard managed to subdue the would-be assassin until police arrived. 

Last week, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen stated that the guard's heroism prevented Corkins "from carrying out a mass shooting." Machen hailed the sentence as a "steep price to be paid for turning to violence to terrorize your political enemies."

The Family Research Council is a conservative Christian organization that believes "marriage is the union of a man and a woman," according to President Tony Perkins, who also said the organization has been "forever changed" by the incident but will "continue to pray" for Corkins.

The Chick-fil-A "controversy" generated large headlines. Too bad the press didn't see fit to cover this disturbing event that followed.

Richard Hull

Brunswick

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