Letters to the Editor for July 14, 2013

Published: Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:16 p.m.

The real problem

Ronald Reagan used to say "Government is the problem." But he, and all other Republican residents since, tried to make government work.

As an earlier Republican Ppesident said, in our democracy government is "of, by, and for the people." But Republicans in Congress don't believe that any more.

They block and filibuster court, cabinet and other federal agency appointments. Many federal courts and agencies are short-staffed, unable to function efficiently.

For instance, top positions remain vacant at the Labor Department, Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Protection Bureau, National Labor Relations Board, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Congressional Republicans sabotage the government and then say, "Look, government doesn't work."

It's no coincidence they block appointments to courts and agencies charged with protecting the public's interest. So special interests continue to pollute the environment, swindle consumers, cheat their employees and peddle unregistered guns galore.

Seems like these Republicans think democracy is the problem.

Richard Hiers,


Don't blame Congress

The July 11 Sun editorial "Misdirection," concerning sequestration and how it could hamper the Florida National Guard from responding adequately to a hurricane, failed to mention the fact that Congress offered President Obama the flexibility of making cuts where they would do the least harm. However due to the president's arrogance, he never took Congress up on their offer.

Most budgets, including those of the Florida National Guard, could cut 10 percent that would not include the furloughs of active personnel. Many average Florida taxpayers have had to cut their household budgets by 10 percent or more, me included.

Take a look at the abuses of the government spending that have come to light in the last few months, and it is pretty clear there is room for this small cut if done in the proper places of the budget, and that includes the Florida National Guard.

Willard (Butch) Reed,


What the court did

There has been much misunderstanding regarding the Supreme Court's action regarding a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Act is an extraordinary piece of legislation that ignored the traditional balance of federal and state rights, permitting the federal government to assume control of the states ability to legislate concerning voting in certain states and counties to ensure fair and equal voting rights. It was a temporary measure to correct a specific problem, discriminatory voting practices.

It has been in effect for almost 50 years. As the Supreme Court noted, attitudes, laws and conditions have changed for the better, so that now that portion of the law is no longer needed. But the Court did not rule that section unconstitutional, only unnecessary, so it could be reenacted should discriminatory practices reoccur.

The ruling simply restored the right of the states to be governed by their own elected officials.

Layton Mank,


No pass for her

As a small child, and Asian, I can remember being racially taunted every day of my life.

I have never in all my 60-plus years used a racial slur towards anyone. How could I after feeling the sting of racism at such an early age?

It always amuses me that racists have such a hard time believing that there are people who have never used a racial slur, so I guess it's up to me to "cast the first stone."

Paula Deen is racist, and not because of the dicey claim that she used the N-word, once, years ago after a black man held a gun to her head during a robbery. She is racist because every word she has ever spoken about race has been completely tone-deaf and jaw-droppingly cringe worthy.

She does not deserve a pass.

Kingsli Phillips,


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