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February 18, 2008

Most recent question:

It has been 40 years since the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the acknowledged leader of the U.S. civil rights movement. In that time, what do you see as the best sign of progress toward King's ideals?

· Along with the civil rights movement and the freedoms afforded us all as a result comes a ripple effect, deteriorating the very fundamental Constitution we abide by. I saw on the news where a federal grand jury has actually charged a young man for displaying a noose on the back of his truck as a "hate crime."

Any symbol, be it a noose, a flag, or a bumper sticker that offends any race of people has been called a hate crime or racist act. We as a nation are losing our Second amendment right of free speach.


Were the Black Panthers not a symbol of a racist group? Did they not have rights to demonstrate and protest their beliefs? While the civil rights movement has changed our country, we will all lose should freedom of speech be abolished.

· I don't know when it was created, but the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday is a sign that shows progress has been made. Who would have thunk it way back in 1968.

· To a previous poster, don't you mean the First Amendment right to free speech? The Second Amendment is the right to bear arms in order to have a regulated state militia. Another thing King's legacy has done is make people more aware of the impact of what they say and do. While we do have freedom of speech, it is not an absolute right. Guaranteed, but not absolute.

· I don't think he would like censorship of people's ideas if their idea isn't the same of those who are censoring!

· That Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and all the other conservative talking heads have no clue on who to tell their sheep to honestly vote for for president. They've spent so much time causing divisiveness under the guise of red, white and blue patriotism that their lack of true intelligence and compassion is shining through now and no one is running on the Bush record and the white elite are dumbfounded. Me, I'm white middle class and it's as clear as can be, just as Iraq had nothing to do with Sept. 11, 2001.

· I don't think it is quite fair to run this presidential race on guilt. It seems as if the votes are being made on, "Look, I'm voting this way and see I'm not prejudiced, or look I'm voting this way because he or she is my gender or color." We need to stick to the issues and not just worry about making a dream come true.

· A black man being a serious contender for the presidential nomination.

· A woman for the next president.

· I keep hearing about change from the Democratic candidates. Things would surely change if they get elected. We would no longer be safe within our own borders.

Oh that's right, there won't be any borders. We will all be speaking Spanish and driving small electric cars that cost us more in taxes than the little squatty vehicle itself cost.

· I'm not sure if the above comment is open-minded or sarcastic.

· Seems to me that neither the Republican governor of Texas, George, or of Florida, Jeb, did much about the illegal immigration there. Who loves Mexico and offered amnesty to all as part of his Christian way? Who has the multiracial Mexican family? Tell me my neighbor, exactly from which political party and race is all this hatred coming from in America and do people want to keep all their money while telling the poor widow to give all she has?

· There is so much reverse discrimination, but it is never talked about and swept under the rug. If everyone wants not to be racist, then why is racism harped on to manipulate the world?

This week's question

Given that Maryland does not have a right of recall, how can citizens encourage elected officials to attend official meetings?

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