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Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:00 am

Caring worker gets

shown to the door

ALTo the editor:

This is an open letter to all citizens of Attleboro.

On Friday, June 27, Attleboro lost one of its most capable, caring administrators, Patricia Hornbuckle, who was the nutrition coordinator of the Council on Aging’s Gordon Larson Senior Center.

Her competency was evidenced by the ordering and presenting of on-site meals, plus Meals on Wheels for those of us who are homebound.

Her caring side was also demonstrated by the way she addressed each diner by name and her follow-up calls if someone was missing.

In my judgment, her qualities made her a unique leader and friend at the Larson Senior Center.

Oh, by the way, her appreciation: Her job has been eliminated.

John R. Crotty


Resources misused

in furniture giveaway

To the editor:

I was very confused when I read the coverage of the June 23 meeting of the Plainville Board of Selectmen (“MacDonald named new accountant,” June 25). While Andrea Soucy’s announcement that she has a pool table and gun cabinet to give away was covered in some detail, absolutely nothing was mentioned about Ms. Soucy blocking the reappointment of three Plainville conservation commissioners.

I suggest that Ms. Soucy advertise her castoffs on Craigslist or FreeCycle, like the rest of us. I also suggest that she not use Plainville resources (“Anyone interested should contact the selectmen’s office at town hall at 508-695-3010, ext. 11 and leave a message.”) for her personal needs.

And I urge The Sun Chronicle to direct its reporters to cover news that’s useful to Plainville citizens. Surely the possible loss of three dedicated conservation commissioners deserved as many lines as a furniture give away.

Mary-Ann Greanier


Tell Congress to join

pieces of energy hose

To the editor:

The illustration in the Voice of the Public section July 5 with the caption “JOIN, or DIE.” is probably the simplest yet most concise answer to America’s energy woes. It illustrates that it isn’t going to be just one thing that will solve our problems. It will be the combination of many things.

I only hope that sometime very soon the Democrats in control of Congress come to that same realization.

I, like most conservatives and most Republican members of Congress, believe any way out needs to be comprehensive. That means development of alternative sources, while at the same time drilling for our own oil to keep us in business while we develop these new technologies. The Democrats are single-threaded on this subject. They believe wind and solar are the only answers. They won’t consider clean coal. They won’t consider nuclear. They even often take issue with hydro-electric generation. They would see our economy, and probably our country, die rather than do anything that goes against the radical environmental tenets of their most ardent liberal supporters.

I would encourage every citizen to send a copy of this illustration along with a letter expressing his or her feelings, to their congressperson. If you don’t have access to the illustration, it depicts a gasoline hose where the hose itself is in pieces. Each piece is labeled as follows: Domestic Drilling, Coal, New Refineries, Hydrogen, Fuel-Efficient Vehicles, Nuclear, Solar & Wind, and Conservation, with the words U.S. Energy Policy on the pump handle itself.

If we, as citizens, band together and truly let our representatives know how we feel, it may actually wake them up to the harsh realities we face and actually work to solve America’s energy problems.

 Joseph Chabot

North Attleboro

Dinner companion says

Mideast backing Obama

To the editor:

I recently had dinner with a native born Middle-Eastern man. Arabic is his first language. He came from a Muslim nation, and still has close ties to family back home. This is what he told me: 1.) Arabic language media in the Middle-East is telling the people that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim. 2.) That any Muslim person of means there should funnel campaign support to him by any means legal or illegal at their disposal, as many have family and friends in the states, and that 3.) They are being told that Barack Obama, in conjunction with a liberal, Democrat Congress, will open wide the floodgates of immigration so they can come here in the kind of numbers that they will be able to conquer America from within.

This has been the Muslim strategy that has been employed to greatly increase their numbers in Russia, Denmark, France and Britain to the point where all of these countries could become Muslim nations within one or two more generations. France is already at least 30 percent Muslim.

This was not the opinion of my Middle Eastern friend. He asserted in the strongest terms possible that it is simple fact, and that he has heard things of this very nature from Arabic language Al-Jazeera media sources himself.

He concluded by telling me that if Barack Hussein Obama were to win our presidential election in November, the Muslim world will celebrate in the streets just as if 9/11 had happened all over again. We have been warned.

Harold F. Crowell

North Attleboro

Look at whole picture

of gay pride movement

To the editor:

The duplicity of the gay pride movement is very striking. On one hand is an outer facade, as exemplified by the recent photo of Gov. Patrick and his family  marching together, united for a cause. Not shown was the float carrying bikini-clad male dancers simulating sex acts or the contingent of sado-masochists. And not reported in mainstream media was the May 13 “Boston Dyke March.” The photos I saw showed women carrying large signs with frequent use of the “F” word, descriptions of what they would like to do to someone’s sister, and one that read “We recruit.” These are the people pushing their agenda in our schools.

The saddest picture of all, the one that brought me to write this letter, was of a beautiful child hoisted onto the shoulders of one of her lesbian mothers so she could have a clear view of this parade of obscenities.

As for the funds allocated to promote tolerance in the schools, I have seen some of the literature distributed by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and the state-funded Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth — it contained more “how and where to hook up” than anything to do with tolerance.

 The Gay Pride Movement seems to consist of many half-truths covering up a pretty disturbing reality.

 Judy Logan


Applaud senator for support of the disabled

To the editor:

I am writing to publicly thank state Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, for his work on behalf of people with disabilities.

Human service organizations like ours touch the lives of one in every 10 residents in Massachusetts.

Included in those services is help to the one in every 150 children diagnosed with autism; in Massachusetts, one in 93 boys is reported to belong on the autism spectrum.

Sen. Brown recently voted for passage of Senate Bill 65, which will enable nonprofit agencies to remain financially viable as they pursue their mission of service to thousands.

He also voted to change the name of “Department of Mental Retardation,” an outdated and disparaging term abhorred by many people with disabilities.

Scott and his entire family support countless charitable fundraising events in the area. They demonstrate their commitment to civic engagement and the good of our communities by their tireless efforts.

As a resident of North Attleboro and president of HMEA, I am fortunate to be represented by Sen. Brown.

Michael Moloney

North Attleboro

THIS WRITER is president of HMEA in Franklin.

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  • annademocomcastnet posted at 1:56 pm on Thu, Jul 17, 2008.

    annademocomcastnet Posts: 1

    Yes/No: No, I don't think he is a closet Muslim, but my opinion has no legal standing under Islamic law.

  • annademocomcastnet posted at 1:55 pm on Thu, Jul 17, 2008.

    annademocomcastnet Posts: 1

    What concerns me is if, under Islamic law, Obama is legally considered a Muslim, then by becoming a Christian, he has become an apostate. The penalty for apostasy is death. Many former Muslims all over the world live under a death mark (fatwa). If Obama was never a Muslim under Islamic law, then he's safe. If, under Islamic law, he is considered a Muslim, then I just hope the Secret Service keeps a close eye on him when in Islamic countries (many Islamists there) or any venue where there are Islamists in the audience. It was a lone Islamist who killed RFK, for his support of Israel. Islamists hate apostates as much as they hate Israel (and us).

  • annademocomcastnet posted at 1:48 pm on Thu, Jul 17, 2008.

    annademocomcastnet Posts: 1

    Re: Obama, it doesn't matter what I think. What matters is what Muslim clerics think. I have read that Obama was born to either a Muslim or an atheist father. Under Islamic law, if you are born to a Muslim father, you are a Muslim. If Obama's father was a lapsed Muslim (an atheist), I'm not sure what Obama's status would be. It may be that he would still be considered a Muslim, regardless of his father's present status, because Muslims can't ever leave their religion.

  • annademocomcastnet posted at 1:42 pm on Thu, Jul 17, 2008.

    annademocomcastnet Posts: 1

    Spamalot:I said the Muslim Brotherhood, not Muslims. Did you miss that distinction by mistake or on purpose? Are you claiming that all Muslims are members of the Brotherhood? I'm certainly not. The Brotherhood are Islamists. Not every Muslim is an Islamist. You should learn about them. We should be teaching our high school students about the Muslim Brotherhood and their plans.

  • anonymous posted at 6:21 am on Thu, Jul 17, 2008.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    Anna DeMarinis wrote: "All of you Harold bashers, the Islamists are counting on your blindness and stupidity." Thanks for dismissing everyone who doesn't stampede to condemning all Muslims as being stupid. As for your statement, it ignores the core issue. Do you believe, as Harold Crowell clearly does, that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim agent sent to destroy this nation? A simple yes or no will suffice to establish your own thinking on this.

  • anonymous posted at 2:09 am on Thu, Jul 17, 2008.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    Ms. DeMarinis, it is fascinating to see how your biases render you incapable of reading a sentence correctly. I wrote, "You can find support for any idiotic idea on the Internet" and you conclude that I am "so opposed to what's on the internet." The Internet is no different from any other media. It has accurate information and idiotic information all in the same place. You seem to be drawn to the latter. And isnt it kind of stupid to ask someone in writing if they can read?

  • annademocomcastnet posted at 5:19 pm on Wed, Jul 16, 2008.

    annademocomcastnet Posts: 1

    celt: the You Tube link was for those who don't have the time to read. If you had bothered to read to the end of my post (assuming you can read), you'd have seen the statement, "Read the plan...." If you are so opposed to what's on the internet, why are you wasting your time posting on this site? Look up The Project and read it. All of you Harold bashers, the Islamists are counting on your blindness and stupidity.

  • anonymous posted at 6:32 am on Wed, Jul 16, 2008.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    Harold, I do have a couple of questions for you. Where did this "dinner" take place and what did you and your middle eastern "friend" have for dinner that night? Did you order "cocktails?" If so, how many did you have? Just a few follow up questions for you in the hopes of shedding some light on your letter.

  • anonymous posted at 6:15 am on Wed, Jul 16, 2008.

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    Mr. Crowell, I am speechless! Are you for real or are you taking medication that causes you to hallucinate?

  • paulcouturier1eaaolcom posted at 2:04 am on Wed, Jul 16, 2008.

    paulcouturier1eaaolcom Posts: 109

    Hey salt, you're right about one thing; you can find support for any idiotic idea on the Internet! Just look at all the IDIOTIC crackpot ideas and fairy tales YOU and your kind believe in!www.blogtalkradio.com/icradio

  • anonymous posted at 1:32 am on Wed, Jul 16, 2008.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    Ms. DeMarinis, so I object that Mr Crowell uses a unidentified guy he had dinner with as his source so you refer me to a YouTube video to support his ridiculous story! You can find support for any idiotic idea on the Internet. Mr. Crowell's letter and your support of it is nonsense.

  • annademocomcastnet posted at 4:29 pm on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.

    annademocomcastnet Posts: 1

    To twill, Spamalot and celt, please read the Muslim Brotherhood's Project, issued in 1982. You may not like what Harold wrote, but it was first written by the Brotherhood. Here's a You-Tube feature on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx0lqVZOnHwRead the plan - it's on the internet.

  • anonymous posted at 2:59 pm on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    Mr. Crowell you expect us to believe you when you tell us you uncovered a plot to take over the county while having dinner with someone whose credentials seem to be that he speaks Arabic and talks to his family in the Middle East. I'll save my "willing suspension of disbelief" for the X-Files. Such nonsense!

  • anonymous posted at 2:53 pm on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.

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    Mr. Chabot points out quite correctly that the USA needs a comprehensive energy policy. He then illogically puts all of the blame on the Democrats who have had a slight majority in Congress for about 18 months and lets the Republicans who have been in power for close to 8 years off the hook. If Bush had presented us with a comprehensive energy plan in the months after 9/11, it would have passed with no effort. Instead, he told us to go shopping.

  • anonymous posted at 11:12 am on Mon, Jul 14, 2008.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    kevin h. wrote: "The culture should not celebrate aberration and disorder." Hmm, where have we heard such words before. Could it be in a certain European nation circa 1933 - 1945? For someone who is so quick to interpret for his own benefit the words and actions of the Founding Fathers, it's amazing that you overlook the poignant words of Thomas Jefferson: ""God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which iswrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the factsthey misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ..."

  • anonymous posted at 7:47 am on Mon, Jul 14, 2008.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    Don't be afraid to speak your mind Judy. The culture should not celebrate aberration and disorder.

  • anonymous posted at 5:19 am on Mon, Jul 14, 2008.

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    To the Editor:In regards to the comments of Judy Logan regarding the duplicity of the Gay Pride Movement. I strongly disagree with what she has to say and am disappointed in the lack of peoples ability to see the diversity of people in general. Yes, I also find some of the antics of those involved with the gay pride movement disturbing, but I try and look at the big picture and wish more people would do the same. Within every population, there are the extremist, those who stand on the outside and strongly voice opinions which generally the rest of that population do not agree with. Mrs. Logan, you are trying to spread hate. Look at the extremist in the straight population, or those who stand on the outskirts and do things you do not approve of..... you do not judge all straight people with the same yardstick.... and that is wrong.

  • anonymous posted at 4:14 am on Mon, Jul 14, 2008.

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    Spamalot01... I believe that Ms. Logan's only point was that some of this behavior is not appropriate for public consumption, whether the participants are heterosexual or homosexual. One should not be able to hold a sign bearing profanity in a public parade, even if his or her motivation to hold it is warranted.

  • anonymous posted at 5:17 pm on Sun, Jul 13, 2008.

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    Judy Logan wrote: "The photos I saw showed women carrying large signs with frequent use of the F word, descriptions of what they would like to do to someones sister, and one that read We recruit. These are the people pushing their agenda in our schools." Apparently, Mrs. Logan hasn't ever heard of or experienced sarcasm? After all, the strong belief of a very narrow-minded element in society is that the true goal of gays and lesbians is to convert all of the world into being gay and lesbian, right? It would never occur to Mrs. Logan that such signage, while admittedly using less-than-wholesome language, might actually be a protest against the ignorance of people who truly believe that homosexuals recruit heterosexuals. If ignorance is bliss, Mrs. Logan, you must be in absolute Paradise!

  • anonymous posted at 5:11 pm on Sun, Jul 13, 2008.

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    Like the Red Queen who believes six impossible things before breakfast, Harold Crowell demonstrates beautifully why an under-educated voter can be so easily hoodwinked into believing and spreading lies to undermine a political candidate with whom he disagrees. I'm truly surprised, given his obviously biased viewpoint, that Mr. Crowell didn't also warn us that if Sen. Obama were to win the presidential election, the African-American community would also be celebrating in the streets. Apparently, Mr. Crowell hasn't quite gotten over the "good ol' days" of the 1950's.

  • anonymous posted at 3:14 pm on Sun, Jul 13, 2008.

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    Harold F. CrowellWOW - scare tactics now! too funny. yeah mention his middle name to scare people evem more. You really are good. Do you consider yourself a hatemonger? My children are half arabic but they are US citizens....should they be condemned as well? Get a life!