Letters to the Editor for Nov. 21, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 9:08 p.m.
Inflammatory story paints false picture
The front page headline on Nov. 19, “Kids among dead as Israel hits Gaza City,” is an inflammatory caption followed by lead paragraphs that will certainly reinforce anti-Israel sentiment.
The reader does not learn until deep in the article that Israel's offensive “was an effort to end months of intensifying rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip” (consider rockets fired from Mexico into L.A.).
Civilians of all ages are being killed on both sides. We know Israel is trying to only retaliate against Hamas installations and leaders. Yet, only by the end of the article do we find evidence that “Hamas is using the Gaza population as human shields” by “firing rockets from Mosques, schools, and public buildings.”
It is a terrible war for both sides, but provocative reportage is both unfair and harmfully polarizing.
Stripper metaphor was uncalled for
I agree with P. Ramond's criticism (Voice, Nov. 16) of Pat Dooley's “stripper” metaphor in a recent sports column. Stereotypes are uncalled for.
It is not too far-fetched to imagine a very bright math major undergrad somewhere, moonlighting as a nightclub “dancer” to pay his/her way through college. (Soon to be ex-Sen. Scott Brown posed in the buff for Cosmopolitan magazine when he was in college.)
Dooley, of course, was trying to be entertaining, which reminds me that I have lately seen several headlines in the Sun's sports section involving really bad puns. Is there a new employee whose sole job it is to make up “entertaining” headlines?
Secession movement has a firm foundation
With the talk and hundreds of thousands of signatures being signed in support of state secession, there is a significant amount of legitimacy in this initiative.
Our Founding Fathers gave constitutional authority to the individual/county, the states, and then the federal government in that order. This was documented in our first, ninth and tenth amendments as well as several examples in our Declaration and Federalist Papers.
Under these resolutions when a government becomes unfit to rule, the state and the county governments through its people have the constitutional authority to nullify. And when the right to nullify unconstitutional legislation is ignored by the federal government, the states own the rightful remedy to secede.
When the colonists broke away from the British Empire in 1776 they had a list of grievances to the king very similar to ones in today's administration. The Declaration of Independence was a document of secession.
Just let them go
On Election Day South Florida, once again, revealed that they do not know how to successfully run an election.
Thus taking four additional days to come up with a final count. Then stating that in several contests they may require a recount. (Luckily that wasn't necessary.)
Now some people in Florida want to secede from the Union.
Even though I am Florida born and raised, I will go north.
I say let them go. And when there is no military security, no federal funds when disaster hits, no education grants, not to mention no Social Security benefits, then you will know that being a part of the United States of America is a blessing!
It's all over now, stop campaigning
The 2012 elections are over. Stop campaigning.
It no longer matters who you wanted to win. Stop whining or gloating. It no longer matters what you think will happen if a particular candidate or party wins or loses.
If there's something you want your government to do (or not do) tell your elected officials. Leave out the talk about people and politics. Talk to them about policies or legislation.
You still have a voice, but the election is history.
A baked reminder of better times past
I've been volunteering at the St. Francis House for Thanksgiving and Christmas for the past four years. The one food that we get requests for each holiday is pumpkin pie.
Although there are plenty of cookies and cakes, I think it reminds the homeless of better times.
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