Editor: To all my fellow voters and “we the people.” I like what Donald Trump has to say and how he says it. I’ve never heard a politician say anything similar to what he says or what he promises to do when elected.
I believe Donald Trump is exactly what our country needs right now. I’ve thought about this for a long time and hope the Republicans “big wigs” agree. If not, Mr. Trump should run as an independent or as a third party candidate.
Call that third party the “We the People” party. There are already some good possible running mates, Carson and Fiorina for example.
I’ve been around quite a few decades now and know the United States is the finest country in the world! I know Donald Trump will keep it that way.
Editor: A thank you to the voters of Seminole for re-electing Chris Burke and electing Trish Springer to the City Council. They were my choice.
Last election was a statewide election and that is why so many more voters turned out. The numbers were off the charts for our city election. About 3,400 votes to re-elect Councilor Matthews and about 2,400 votes to elect first-time-running Roger Edelman.
This election was about what we normally see in turnout for a local election, but it could and should be a larger turnout. I tend to think the reason for a low turnout is voter contentment with the decisions their elected officials are making on their behalf in the city of Seminole.
Term limits are set by voters, forced annexations will not happen if I have any say in that matter and voter turnout is decided by the voters.
Editor: I mean absolutely no disrespect at all to the victims of the senseless mass murders recently in Paris, or the victims of mass murders at American schools, or the victims of mass murders anywhere else that prompts our president to fly the American flag at half-mast.
The American flag is starting to look like a yo-yo. It used to be that it was lowered to half-mast only during certain national holidays, or when a president, vice president, former president, or some other very important member of the very top of our federal government died.
How many other countries around the world are flying their nation’s symbol of world identity at half-mast as often as we do.
As a matter of fact, to show our special caring for the common men/women/children of the entire world being killed by maniacs every week, I think that someone should design a flag to be flown under the American flag every time there is a senseless killing of five or more people somewhere in the world that triggers our nation to plunge into a solidarity of mass mourning. We could fly the American flag all the way at the top (where it belongs) and the new federally approved politically correct solidarity/mourning flag would be flown underneath it at half-mast.
Re: “Media’s liberal bias bad for its future,” Bruce Harting letter, Nov. 6. Editor: Just because he can’t handle the news as reported in the Tampa Bay Times, he accuses the paper of embracing the liberal agenda and cries “bias.” He includes the Times with major newspapers that he considers report outright lies and disinformation.
He is obviously ignorant of the fact that the Tampa Bay Times is owned by the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists. Does he honestly believe that the school teaches bias?
Editor: My child attends Florida Virtual School full time, a public, free virtual school. I was interested in this because she has immune system problems and missed a lot of school because of germs. This led to her being ignored in class because she would get behind. She was also bullied a lot in school for being different. Her mother Jan serves as her “learning coach,” the person who helps keep the student accountable for his or her assignments to be diligent in studying.
My child’s lessons are tailored to her style of learning. Students have access to the daily lessons on the computer, connect with their teachers in a variety of ways and interact with fellow students online, where they are “virtually” in the classroom. Students also connect as well as in person at school events and field trips. We’re all thriving under this new schooling environment. The classroom is anywhere we have Internet. Textbooks, science equipment, a computer and Internet subsidy are provided as part of the school.
So, I’m writing to say thank you to the governor, the Board of Education, and Legislature for providing funding for virtual education. Thank you to all the parents, educators, students and community leaders who spoke up and said this program was needed for students across the state who are academically gifted, need extra assistance, want or need a flexible schedule, or seek an alternative to the traditional classroom. This school works. Join us! Visit flvsft.com.
Re: Watch out, you Florida bears and hold your water, by Diane Roberts, Nov. 6 Editor: I’m certain that Diane Roberts in her opening paragraph in which she referred to the GOP War on Women as a concurrent event with the bear hunters and the War on Nature, inadvertently dropped out a phrase about the Democrats who in that same time have waged a war against the police, against our national borders, against babies at all stages of development, against dissenting opinions, against the coal and oil industries, and so forth (there are too many to mention).
I say this noting she would surely want a fuller context for statements. As a university professor, she surely would be known for her broad sense of tolerance and inclusion and open mindedness.
Editor: Thanks to all that participated in our recent election in the city of Seminole. There sure were not a lot of you who took the time to return your ballots. Nearly 6,000 ballots were mailed to our registered voters. Yet only about one quarter of those ballots were returned.
Last time we participated in our local election, over 1,700 of our voters voted for our campaign alone. Good for a robust third place finish.
This year only about that number bothered to vote at all for the entire slate of candidates. We are better than that. Are we not? And with six candidates, the two seats were taken with about only 20 percent of the vote. This is no way to elect council members.
Add to this equation that our signs were removed at our library for six of the 12 hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some sort of bureaucratic nonsense. All in all, some candidates were elected with a handful of votes. We are better than this, are we not?
Editor: On one hand, this administration wants strict gun control and on the other hand, they plan to release 6,000 federal inmates who were convicted drug offenders and many were also gang members.
We know from past experience that drugs and gangs are the source of a vast majority of gun violence and deaths in our country. Does this make sense? I can only feel for our law enforcement officers and the rest of our innocent residents.
Is it just a coincidence, judging from the make-up of our prison population, that the majority of these released inmates and their families will be future Democratic voters, provided that they have not already been readmitted to prison?
As the saying goes: “If you can’t do the time, don’t commit the crime.”
Editor: While I completely agree with Tom O’Hara’s perspective that the loss of newspapers is a detriment to the public, I would like to add my own perspective.
When newspapers stopped reporting the news and began to spin it to their own agenda, they lost the respect (and many subscriptions) of much of the public, especially the ones that count, the older generation who still considered newspapers as a viable source, unlike the twitter/Facebook generation. Deny it if you will, but it’s pretty obvious that major newspapers (New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and especially the Tampa Times) have embraced the liberal agenda in face of the many signs that it is detrimental to the welfare of the country. The bias is in the form of outright lies, disinformation, not reporting opposing views and ignoring stories that don’t fit their narrative.
Unless there is a change in policy, I welcome the failure of the papers, because as things currently stand, their content is little different from the propaganda of the Second Reich.
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