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February 25, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Feb. 25, 2013

Let Goodwill help you with clutter

Americans’ preoccupation with possessions is stress inducing, say researchers at UCLA’s Center on the Everyday Lives of Families (CELF). Findings show that our “clutter culture” stresses people out, especially moms in the study who described their homes as “a mess,” “not fun” and “very chaotic.” Results of the study are published in a new book titled “Life at Home in the 21st Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors.”

It’s no wonder that so many people view annual spring cleaning as cathartic. This is where Goodwill Industries plays a role. Donating unwanted, gently used or rarely used items results in more than tidier households and reduced stress levels. Donations are sold in Goodwill stores and online at shopgoodwill.com, generating revenue that funds job training programs and other community-based services that put more people in the workforce and help them gain personal and financial independence.

If you want to know if you’re part of the clutter culture, researchers noted that a family’s tolerance for a crowded, artifact-laden refrigerator surface often corresponds to the clutter in main rooms of the house and how long goods are retained over a lifetime.

Never fear, Goodwill accepts refrigerator magnets, too. Visit locator.goodwill.org to find the donation site nearest you.

— William Tennis

Executive Director

Wabash Valley

Goodwill Industries

We don’t have to accept tolerance

The recent debacle at Dixie Bee Elementary School involving Muslim parents and children as reported by news sources is far more serious than most believe.

Concerns expressed from a wide spectrum of the community addressed many issues. I discussed some with Mr. Tanoos. Though nothing was resolved by our telephone conversation, I was pleased that Mr. Tanoos admitted having very limited knowledge of Islam, the theology or political ideology. One should assume that few administrators or teachers are better informed.

I suggest this be corrected with training for all principals and all interested teachers. At least learn about major doctrines such as abrogation and which verses are affected. There are sources of reliable training providing unvarnished factual information. I recommend avoiding groups supported by, affiliated with or linked to CAIR, ISNA, campus student groups or other Muslim Brotherhood organizations that work to destroy the very essence of Western Civilization.

An immediate source of concern is the disparate treatment given Christians in the craven desire to be “loved” by practitioners of a religion, the sole purpose of which is to establish a worldwide caliphate subjugating non-Muslims to a status of dhimmitude.

Why should we allow our children to be influenced by a culture that does not allow any outside influences in its own? Saudi Arabia does not allow the introduction of Christian or Jewish scriptures into their society. Their society allows schoolgirls to be burned to death, locked inside a building, because they are wearing nightclothes. This is not a social order I want American girls to experience. Who does?

Christian groups, such as the Gideons, are prohibited from distributing any literature in schools. As Mr. Tanoos so blithely told me, “You are allowed to be on the sidewalk and distribute literature.” Not to be rude, Danny, but we don’t need your permission to be on the sidewalk. That brings up another point. Many of the rural schools do not have sidewalks. Where then do we stand?

According to reports, the video taken at the school was erased. How many potential copies were not erased? Could they be used to plan a future event?

We must stop this nonsense. Every culture is not equal in value, nor is every religion. We must not accept “tolerance” of things which will destroy our society.

— Edward Kesler

West Terre Haute

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