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Israelis not terrorists

A recent writer asks, How many terrorists have powerful positions in the government of Israel? The answer is none, since terrorism is defined as the specific targeting and killing of civilians to achieve political or social aims. There is no Israeli leader, now or ever, who would ever qualify under this definition.

As soon as Israel became a state in 1948, its first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, disarmed Israeli militia groups, by force when necessary. He even sank a ship loaded with weapons purchased by the Irgun to eliminate potential vigilantism.

However, the same cannot be said about many leaders of Muslim nations who have always and still today openly promote terrorism and finance terrorist organizations like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah organizations that specifically target and kill civilians. ' Gary Acheatel, Ashland

Some labyrinth history

As a part of the Labyrinth project I'd like to share some history about the project's inspiration. The minute you met Jacob Lowell, you knew he was extraordinary. To Jacob it didn't matter who you were or where you came from, he was interested in getting to know you, and becoming your friend. He never said a bad word about anybody, he accepted people for who they were, good or bad.

One of the most tragic aspects of his death was that all of the love around him couldn't save him. That love grew into a movement among a group of friends.

When someone you love dies, you want more than ever, to show that person how much you love them. When that vibrant life is no longer there to embrace, we find ourselves embracing each other and celebrating the love shared for that person. This is what the Labyrinth represents. A celebration of young lives, brought together around an embracing artistic circle that was created by their own peers. An opportunity for individual self-expression, it would be a tragedy to deny that. ' Sequoyah Munroe, Medford