Letters to the editor, April 11
Published: April 11, 2012
Published: April 11, 2012
Through present government controls and proposed future government controls the U.S. public is gradually loosing their freedom.
We are hearing President Obama say all is well now, and if you follow me you will live in a land of perfection where we will provide for your every need, just let me tell you how to live. These are lies that Obama continues to offer.
What Obama does not tell you is that the cost of this utopia will shortly bankrupt the U.S. particularly with the great debt we now have.
We are being pushed into a socialist state where the government controls your life, your job, your family, your wages, your health, what you can do and cannot do. Good examples of socialist governments are Cuba, former Russia, China and North Korea. Is this what you want?
The government is making the American public into a puppet on a string controlled by the government and the Obama Administration is tightening the control of the strings.
The federal government views the American citizens as helpless children who cannot make good choices in life, who cannot support themselves and if they lose their money because of bad decisions the government will bail them out all because the public is not capable of looking out for themselves.
Every expansion of power and control by the federal government means that your freedom is shrinking.
The continued expansion of power and control by the government comes from our legislators and then through bureaucrats, whom you do not elect, and from our judges who make new laws through their decrees.
All of the proposed socialist-type free give away programs, proposed by Obama, will come at heavy price money wise. In three years Obama has added to the existing debt the sum of eight trillion dollars.
At this rate of spending by Obama we will be bankrupt within 10 years and there will be no more Social Security, Medicare, Disability, Welfare and other like benefits.
I hope that you will see where we are going with Obama – into bankruptcy.
It's a question of legality
I arrived in Miami from New York in 1969. Having attended schools in Brooklyn and had served in the U.S. Army for 6 years during the Korean War from 1952-58. I was exposed to numerous ethnic groups.
Many of my fellow workers who came to Miami, including my secretary, were Hispanic, mostly from Cuba at great risk from the tyrants in Cuba. I managed a large retail distribution center in Miami, and many of my workers were Hispanic.
I found them to be hard working, loyal employees who came to America legally. In fact, one of my childhood friends from New York married one of these immigrants who went on to become a biochemist for one of Americas leading research laboratories.
So why is the Hispanic caucus in Congress objecting to Mitt Romney's support of the Arizona immigration policy? Have Hispanic politicians decided that politics over rides the gains of those who came to America legally?
Shouldn't those who came to America legally question why they took these risks and now why should we accept anyone who happens to think it's easier to enter our country under the wire, than stand up and be counted as someone who believes America is a nation I could be proud to call my home.
Shame on those Hispanic politicians who would cheapen the sacrifices of their fellow countrymen who gave up so much to be a part of this great nation.
Switching for all the wrong reasons
Mr. Paul Douglas says he is switching parties to Democrat because he doesn't like Republican attacks on women's rights and voter suppression and both are lies.
In fact, under Obama women have fewer jobs and are making less money.
Republicans have not attacked women at all, there was some debate about birth control but that was mostly a Christian's right thing that came from the church.
And as far as voter suppression, because he and the Democrats' don't like having people identify themselves before they vote so that there is no more fraud like we got from the Democrats and Acorn the last Presidential election. Than that's the party he belongs with.
If people are able to provide I.D. for a driver license for welfare, food stamps and other public assistance then there is no reason why they cannot or should not show it to vote.
Robert Van Istendal
Lynch mob justice
I was hard pressed to pick out exactly what points Mr. Thomas Knapp was trying to make in his recent column in Hernando Today.
In DeShaney v. Winnebago County (SCOTUS 1989) it became the law of the land that the authorities have no duty to protect you as an individual, only society as a whole.
Since the police are not obligated to protect my person who is? Or should I merely accept my fate at the hands of whatever criminal wishes to prey on me?
No, common law all the way back to the cavemen/women have recognized that self-defense is a right. What happened that night in Sanford we will probably never know for certain? And it is always easier to gauge a person's action out of the cold and rain which existed that night.
If Mr. Zimmerman was the victim then he had the right to defend himself with whatever means available. The usual time for a self defense decision to be made is less than 5 seconds, that isn't a lot of time to make what is for somebody a life or death decision.
I, personally, would be hard pressed to second guess a person absent clear evidence to the contrary. Their body is flooded with adrenalin, fear is rampant, and if you are on the ground as Mr. Zimmerman said he was, the option to flee no longer exists.
Mr. Zimmerman, guilty or innocent, life will never be the same. Wherever he goes, or lives he will be looking over his shoulder for those who would be more than willing to practice the non-governmental form of justice, often referred to as a lynch mob.
Harry E. Chamberlain