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Yesterday, I learned that a Muslim is a person who practices the faith of Islam. I learned that the friend has relatives in three countries and each of those family members is impacted by violence by, for, or against people living in those countries.

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

I remembered that verse because we sang it in 9th grade choir. Every American is either on of those or a descendent of someone who came to America for a better life. Even the Native Americans are descended from Asians who crossed a land bridge 13,000 years ago looking for a better life.

Is America no longer a “shining city on a hill?” Often attributed to President Reagan, the quote actually comes from a Puritan preacher, John Winthrop in 1630.

Are America’s fears and problems so great now that we cannot offer promise to the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free?”

Americans seem to fear violence to such a great degree that they will impose violence to keep themselves safer. That is a true oxymoron. Americans have a crisis of intellect in that they fear violence but they see it as a solution to their problems.

I remember the Sunday School Story about the Warm Fuzzies and the Cold Pricklies. If you substitute peace in the story, we will never have Peace until we learn to share it and promote it and see it as the solution.

So, I wish you Peace for the Holidays and for you to set a New Year’s resolution that Peace is a Solution.

About Rick Lakin

Rick Lakin is the author of Brilliant, an upcoming young adult science fiction romance and the publisher at, Bringing New Authors to a Digital World. iCrew has published 35 books by 11 authors. Rick has been an optimist for almost two years and is the district webmaster as He is the founder of iCrew Digital Productions, A Community of Young Media Professionals and a member of the 1000 Club of the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers. Rick is an Advanced Communicator Silver in Toastmasters International and is a member of American Mensa. Rick works as a Sports Statistician for broadcast television and is a retired math teacher. He lives in Southern California but his roots are in Columbus, Ohio, home of The Ohio State University Buckeyes.

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