Letters to the Editor for July 16, 2013
Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 4:25 p.m.
Survival is essential
As the white mother of two African-American adopted children, including a 17-year-old son who looks like Trayvon Martin, I am writing to remind parents of children of color that it is essential to teach them about racial profiling and how to stay alive when out by themselves.
Racial profiling is alive and well. Youth of color need to know how to behave during a traffic stop and stay out of white, gated neighborhoods.
Leave the hoodies at Walmart. If confronted, back off, run and call your parents. In light of the Zimmerman acquittal, survival is essential, as a dead youth can't testify.
The Marines desire my son's enlistment next June and his employer expects his faithful presence. It's my task to keep him alive for all this, and help him understand that liberty and justice for all is still a work in progress — at least in Florida, where it's shoot first, ask questions later.
A principle of legal rights asserts that my rights extend as far as the tip of your nose. I therefore would surrender such rights when reaching beyond those limits by imposing upon your nose.
Doing so more often than not results in uncertain and unpredictable consequences. It happened.
Arthur J. Warner,
Paying the costs
It seems that Congress is about to import millions of new immigrants, at a time of increasing structural unemployment at the bottom of our labor market. Even some college graduates are having trouble getting hired, but the lobbyists are too powerful to resist.
It's possible to feel sympathy for farmers who want to hire immigrant laborers to work at minimum wage, rather than paying more to local workers to toil in fields far from their homes. But future taxpayers will have to pay the new Americans' future health care and retirement costs, just so today's consumers can enjoy their cheaper produce.
As a retired law enforcement officer within this community, I find the plan pursued by Alachua County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson unethical and an abuse of his office.
Law enforcement officers raise their right hand and swear to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this state. It is an oath law enforcement officers must agree to in order to be sworn in.
You are not able to pick and choose which law you agree with, you must uphold the oath you have taken. I guess Hutchinson is not committed to his oath as if he was, he would never suggest officers not enforce the laws of this state.
A threat to withhold funding is equally unethical, as it sends a wrong message to the law-enforcement community. He would serve this community much better if he used his energy to repeal the law and not ask officers to swear their allegiance to his beliefs.
Larry V. Seale,
War on women
There continues to be a "war" on women's reproductive rights by predominantly male legislators in several states. These attacks include requiring a waiting period prior to an abortion, requiring an ultrasound and other similar tactics.
The primary assumption appears to be that women are not intelligent enough to make important decisions about their bodies and thus need men to make these decisions for them. Another possible reason for these attacks is that many men fear that women have too much power.
The main concern of these pro-life, male legislators is about the fetus until it is born. These same legislators frequently vote against services and programs that would enhance the lives of these same children.
If these legislators truly are concerned about the welfare of children, they should address the high incidence of childhood poverty. Otherwise, the main conclusion one can make is their real motivation is the need to exert control and power over women.
Phyllis M. Meek,