Guns in Florida
Here we go again. Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab wants to blame the death of
The facts are plain. An innocent minor is dead because of the incorrect usage of a legal weapon by an individual who was flawed in his thinking and actions. While George Zimmerman might have had good intentions in wanting to protect his neighbors' properties, he made incorrect assumptions about Trayvon and then moved aggressively.
That's the point of guilt in all this. It does not matter that Trayvon was black or that he was wearing a hooded shirt. If Zimmerman had followed the police dispatcher's suggestion to not follow Trayvon, everything would be well today. Zimmerman's actions are no different than those of the person who drinks and then drives a vehicle into the path of an innocent person and takes his life.
Robert Nichols Mount Dora
It would appear the
Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin, an individual with no criminal record, and who was unarmed when he became involved in a confrontation with a member of a Sanford crime-watch group, was fatally shot in the chest. This teenager had working against him not only an encounter with someone armed with a weapon capable of killing him in an instant, but the disadvantage of walking through a residential neighborhood after dark as an African-American.
Florida's pro-gun "Stand Your Ground" law enables an individual to shoot without having to retreat if the person feels threatened.
Despite the increasing prevalence of arsenals in the hands of madmen who ultimately turn their weapons on innocent people, rural America has never been more friendly to the simplistic credo of the NRA, which, despite evidence to the contrary, is that the nation is much safer when more people are armed.
As is usually the case when our love of guns has brought tragedy and atrocity and another grieving family, the NRA likely will have no comment.
Local police who declined to charge or hold the gunman are virtually certain to be overruled through state and federal investigations currently under way. That is encouraging, but it is cold comfort for the family of another young man whose life was sacrificed and whose family was plunged into lifelong pain and resentment for nothing.
Oren M. Spiegler Upper Saint Clair, Pa.
Gasoline prices are going up because of the West's undeclared war against Iran. Israel openly talks of a strike against Iran; U.S. Defense Secretary
As he imposes punishing economic sanctions on Iran and rejects nuclear containment,
My guess: Obama plans to minimize gas prices as a campaign issue. Israel will bomb Iran just before the Republican convention in August.
Does anyone think Iran, a major oil supplier, will surrender to Western demands without striking back? Who can be surprised at high oil prices?
Jon Rodeheffer Orlando
Let's find a way to share our space with the bears
I live in the apartment complex where the bear recently attacked a woman. I have seen that bear before. As a matter of fact, mama and her cub were in front of my door eating out of my trash one late night as I returned home. My porch light was on; otherwise, I would have stumbled on the cub, and mama would have probably come after me.
Who is at fault? I am. That day I put my trash out in the evening because of the smell. I hadn't done this since we were told not to; I slipped up. This is my point: We humans have a rational mind; the bear does not.
I am not a tree hugger, but I don't feel good about the bear being euthanized. I think there is a much better solution. We pay for trash valet pickup at the apartments. A fee for this is added to our rent. The trash from our plastic containers is picked up and dumped right in the Dumpster where mama bear was the other night. Why not put a bear-proof Dumpster there instead? I am sure mama bear would stop coming. Of course, this requires the apartment residents to put trash in the area properly.
I hope this issue is resolved in a better way than putting the bear to sleep. These wild animals have an environment that, unfortunately, is being encroached upon by humans. I hope we can live together, each in his own area.
Joy Peeler Longwood
Natural gas could help solve our fuel problems
The Sentinel's editorial "Renewable energy goal would boost Fla. power" (Saturday) says, "The bill, based on recommendations from Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, is a set of measures to encourage energy efficiency and promote development and use of alternatives to coal, natural gas and oil."
Does the editorial board not realize the U.S. has one of the world's largest reserves of natural gas and that it is cheap, clean energy?
Think about this for a moment. What if Barack Obama had spent taxpayer dollars to help develop an inexpensive converter device that would allow the poor and working-class families the chance to convert their current cars to use natural gas?
And what if he had developed service stations to be suppliers instead of blowing the taxpayer dollars on a company like
If Obama really cares about the middle class, as he continually says he does, this is something he could do that would really help them afford to buy fuel to get to their jobs.
Ed McLean Maitland
A plea for patient drivers
Many of Florida's drivers are way too aggressive and impatient when they are behind the wheel. While vacationing in this area for six weeks every year, my husband and I have noticed an increased number of accidents and horn-happy drivers. Why can't people follow the speed-limit signs and practice a little courtesy when driving?