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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 11, 2013 5:00 AM

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Voice of peace and liberation

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years behind bars in a prison very similar to Alcatraz. Rather than become bitter and angry, he used the time to think through potential public policies that he could offer once he was released — something to be grasped at by aspiring public leaders in our country.

Upon his release, he was elected president of South Africa: the land where humanity first emerged before spreading throughout the planet. He treated both Afrikaners and Africans the same; as equals rather than resort to the butchery of the opposition as most often happens when governments are overthrown. Those who held critical positions within the government were not fired because of their political positions but rather were offered inclusivity as another great president once did when he was sworn in on March 4, 1861.

Nelson was also known for his boxing skills, which perhaps added to his courage to go toe-to-toe with others over issues vital to the South African people. I won’t meet Mr. Mandela until I exit this world as well but do indeed look forward to communicating with a man of peace, love, and charity.

My friend, you have certainly fought the good fight and definitely kept the faith and now a merited crown of justice awaits you. After your release, you did not shout or cry out in the streets, nor break a bruised reed or snuff out a smoldering wick. You did not get discouraged in your efforts to bring forth justice to open the eyes of the blind, free captives from prison, and release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

What the United States needs today is someone to come forward in the likes of Mandela, Gandhi, Lech Walesa, Dalai Lama, etc., to lead the need for change in America.

Joe Bialek

Re: FDA approves foreign vaccine to disrupt meningitis outbreak at Princeton University

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