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Tuesday, May 19
Re: “Understanding the Mideast Mess,” Bob Driver’s column, April 23.
Editor:
As I was out of town, I read the above article recently. When I read the title, I expected a well-informed presentation on such an important topic; instead, I read an opinion emanated from the American Gossip Society, a mishmash of ideas based solely upon one’s biased feelings. There was no mention of the major role played by the United States and its allies in this mess, a very complicated issue.

As one who has lived in the Middle East for more than a decade, I regret to inform Mr. Driver that he has not understood one iota “the Mideast Mess” to which he aptly referred.

Arthur Hebert
Largo
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Re: “Is Hillary Clinton the best choice,” Thomas Michalski’s column, May 7-8.
Editor:
Funny about Hillary, isn’t it? As bad as you claim she might be, not a single worthless Republican can hold a candle to her.

I’m afraid it’ll take more than Rush Limbaugh trash-mouth diatribes to beat her.

Republican popularity and trust is at an all-time low. They seem dazed and confused and bought and paid for. They’re so sold out to the filthy rich it’s sickening.

And don’t forget - Republicans hate each other too. They hate everyone, and that’s all they’ve got to offer. They’ll never win on their pure hatred for all others.
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Re: ‘Don’t erase the gains in the last seven years,’ letter to the editor, May 14-15.
Editor:
I consider myself an independent thinker who is quite dismayed by the recent letter to the editor concerning the state of the nation. Our country is not “back on the track” - we have a long way to go to infuse honesty, integrity, loyalty, and respect into the political mayhem we have now.

Yes, the economy is back on track partly because of Obama’s policies, and partly because of Bush’s policies (look at the facts), as well as the strength and fortitude of the American people.

It is sad to read how blinded some people are, both far left and far right, that they ignore the open-minded thinking, common sense, and principles that have made our America a great nation.

I am an old white guy, too, and think I have grown wiser over the years. Whether it be Democratic, Republican, or Independent, my vote will be for the candidate who proposes the best policies for America to move forward in an ever-changing world.
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Tuesday, May 12
Re: “Is Hillary Clinton the best choice,” Thomas Michalski’s column, May 7
Editor:
Thank you so much for your article about the Clintons. I agree totally but I cannot understand how most of the country does not see the problem. I know the percentage that is government supported will not even want to understand. But there must be a majority that should understand. Thanks again.

Bruce Tripke
Indian Rocks Beach
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Re: “Is Hillary the best choice?” Thomas Michalski’s column, May 7
Editor:
I found your column in the May 7 issue of the Beach Beacon to be totally off-base. Let’s set aside your feelings about Hillary for the moment; those may have some basis in reality.

However, I totally disagree with your comments about the Obama administration and the state of the nation today.

Your comments would have been true in 2008 after the Bush administration had sent 4,500 American troops to their deaths for no reason at all, initiated a horrendous rise in the national debt by failing to pay for two wars, cutting taxes for the rich, and by allowing the banks and Wall Street to lead us into the worst recession in recent history. And let’s not forget, the current crisis in the Mideast with ISIS is the direct result of Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

Since 2008, the stock market has more than doubled, unemployment has been cut in half, we’ve gotten most of our troops out of harm’s way, and we’ve begun work on a number of critical issues including health care, climate change, immigration reform, women’s rights and others.
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Editor:
Recently, a life-long registered Democratic friend called and asked what she needed to do to change political parties. I called the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office and was sent a form, Florida Voter Registration Application, which was completed and now my friend is a registered Republican and we are even better friends.

In view of the horrific years of the Obama administration and the prospect of Hillary as president, I expect to see more Democrats change their party affiliation to Republican and it is up to us to inform the public how easy it is to change party affiliation.

In anticipation of a record number of voters changing political parties prior to the 2016 Presidential election, the following was furnished by the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections:

Party affiliations may be changed by submitting a Voter Registration Application with the changes noted or by sending the Supervisor of Elections a signed written notice that contains the voter’s date of birth or voter registration number. Party changes must be received no later than 29 days before a partisan primary election to be eligible to vote in the party’s primary.
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Editor:
The purpose of this letter is to bring into the public eye the topic of bike safety in our city.

More curbs should be made friendly for cyclists as the community of riders continues to expand every day, week, and month of each new year here in the Tampa Bay area.

People in cars need to pay more notice to us as we share the roads together more and more often. Also, we travel at much different speeds than them.

We should also respect the flow of traffic and obey all rules as well as road signs.
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Tuesday, May 5
Editor:If you have a masonry chimney, you may be fortunate enough to host these fascinating birds, who come up from South America this time of year to nest. They nested in our chimney for the first time last year and we have lived in our home in Indian Rocks Beach for 27 years. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about these extremely adaptable birds.

Keep your fireplace damper closed so the babies can’t get into your home and if your fireplace doesn’t have a damper, you can wedge a large piece of foam to serve as a damper until the swifts have finished nesting. If they do fall into the fireplace and they are fully feathered, place them on the wall above the damper and allow them to climb back into the chimney. Their nests are built on the sides of the chimney walls. These birds are very beneficial to have around since they will consume 12,000 flying insects (including gnats, mosquitoes, and termites) every day while feeding their young. It is unfortunate that chimney swift numbers are in decline due to loss of habitat, which used to be large hollow trees and when these were not available, they learned to nest and roost in chimneys.

These birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and a federal permit is required to remove them during nesting season. It’s best to leave them undisturbed and enjoy this close encounter with the bird world. When the chirping filled our living room for about 30 days, we thought for sure these birds were trapped, but they weren’t. Give them the time they need, which is about six weeks from hatching to fledging and enjoy their music!

Lisa Lehner
Indian Rocks Beach
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