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WOW!!! What a great new concept. Lets spend $2.0 million instead of $9 million. What a great vision for the community at a third of the cost. Rep. Haizlip seems to have done an outstanding job of laying the ground work for a super tourist attraction for Marion. [Editor’s Note: With the Sultana story, you seem to have two groups of people — those who want the community to embrace the history and the local heritage that relates to the story, with the museum being an important part of that. And the other group being those who don’t see the Sultana as a viable and sustainable historical commodity and not worth spending money on to promote. Which of those is correct? Well, with that being the real question, I think the $2 million price tage is an acceptable figure with which to find the answer — certainly easier to swallow that $9 million]

*** On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I noticed a failure in the pavement on W. Roselawn. About 3” deep hole. I contacted WM Public Works. Rhonda got in touch with Odell the street superintendent and they fixed the problem that day. Good job Rhonda, Odell and street repair staff. [Editor’s Note: Glad the city was so quick to respond to your call. I’m just glad they were able to find your address. Back in the day, I was a pizza delivery guy and I would always dread deliveries to Roselawn. I swear its a “maze of Roselawns,” and I’d always get confused, especially if I ended up at the intersection of Roselawn and Roselawn]

*** I wish you would get someone out here to Earle ride around to take pictures of all of the burned up houses here. Some of these burned down years ago. Earlier this year an elderly man died in a house fire. I am wondering how many firemen Earle actually has that lives in Earle. I only know of one. We don’t have any fire protection. I’m hoping you’ll look into it. [Editor’s Note: I remeber the fire where the man died. It was sad, as it is when any family loses a home. I feel for you, but I don’t know that there are any regulations requiring Earle firefighters to live in Earle]

*** Yes, I was wondering if you had ever read Public Law 414. If you haven’t read it, you should. It specifically prohibits Muslims from entering the country. So, I was interested to see if you had read it or the revision that was made in 1965. [Editor’s Note: Warning! Potentially boring history lesson ahead! OK, so as a history major, believe me, I’m familiar with Public Law 414, more frequently referred to as The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. The Act was intended to create an all-encompassing piece of legislation to govern immigration to and citizenship in the United States. It was one of the last pieces of legislation enacted during the Truman presidency, and a rare example of a veto being overridden by Congress. Truman denounced the law as “Un-American” in nature. On the surface, the Act appeared progressive, abolishing racial restrictions found in U.S. immigration laws dating back to 1790, which had limited immigrants who those who were “free white persons” and of “good moral character.” However, a closer look at the Act showed a preference system which determined which ethnic groups were desirable immigrants and included a quota system with several restrictions. In 1965, the Act was amended to abolish the quota system and put a preference toward immigrants with family relationships with citizens or U.S. residents. The last major modification to the Act came in 1990, when the requirements for English testing and restrictions on homosexuals were lifted. The law was designed to prevent Communists (this was in the first decade of the Cold War) from infiltrating the country. It explicitly mentions Communists, but also bans any potential immigrants who “advocate or teach or who are members of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches the overthrow by force, violence, or other unconstitutional means of the Government of the United States or of all forms of law.” Also barred are immigrants who “the consular officer or the Attorney General knows or has reasonable ground to believe probably would, after entry, engage in activities which would be prohibited by the laws of the United States relating to espionage, sabotage, public disorder, or in other activity subversive to the national security.” There are a number of other provisions as well that could — key word being “could” — be interpreted to bar Muslims from immigrating to the country. The question is: Who gets to decide? It’s not entirely without precedent. In 1980, at the height of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, President Jimmy Carter blocked Iranian nationals from entering the U.S. It is, however, worth noting that the move was just one part of an overall list of sanctions against a hostile nation and not an entire religion of people. Anyway, hope this answered your question. History lesson over]

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