To the editor, 

I would like to thank the County Star for printing Mr. Jerry Grell’s letter, if for no other reason than to show all the doubters that attitudes like his are alive and well in Isanti County. His remarks regarding the Somali race were difficult to read and disheartening. 

The Islamic State, along with other Islamic extremist organizations, have been a plague to the good people of Somalia, both here and abroad. Let there be no doubt, that here in Minnesota our Somali-American communities have been targeted by aggressive recruitment efforts by foreign terrorist fighters; however, their resilience in the face of such extremism is a testament to their impeccable constitution. 

Mr. Grell, you claim to be a man who studies the subject matter prior to making a decision; however, I would say your letter was full of assumptions and pre-determined remarks.

Alison Hiland



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