A pride deficit
Pride is what drives humans to advance ideas and achieve great things. It is not money or glory for those that want meaning in what they desire in life. America has lost this in the past two decades. I am not referring to the pride we have in our soldiers or our children that advance beyond our expectations. I am referring to the pride we citizens have in our country.
I have lost that pride when I read about food stamps being at an all-time high, perhaps providing food assistance to up to 50 percent of all children before they finish high school. Should we be proud that our great government has to provide that service?
I am not proud of our government officials and their inability to accomplish horse manure. I have lost pride in our citizens that decline to stand up and find work. There are lots of jobs out there if one is proud enough to stand up and go after them. I am not proud of our deficit. I am very proud of our soldiers doing as ordered, but not so proud of what we have done in Iraq and Afghanistan. I want to be proud again of our country and our leaders. I want to pass that pride on to my kids and their kids. This tide must change.
Scott Bronleewe, M.D.
Merry Christmas to all you parents out there who are giving your kids Xbox programs this year. These software programs allow your kids to see what it’s like to blow away the bad guys in a style that most combat veterans could never imagine. Do you think your kids wonder, “What’s it like to do the real thing”? Sure, your kids would never do such a thing. Isn’t that what the parents of some of these young people who perpetrated some of our country’s worst nightmares thought? Do you think it doesn’t arouse your kids’ curiosity as to what the real thing is like? We talk about gun control, and if we could only prevent people from buying legal firearms and how it would curtail the mayhem we see happening in our schools and workplaces today. Well, if you’re going to opt for gun control, you better teach our youths that killing another human being is not just blowing them off the computer screen. Hope you and your family have a happy, sane holiday.
Protect gun laws
Regarding “Change Gun Laws” (Other Views, Dec. 19): I would ask the letter writer if she’s ever read Florida law regulating use-ownership and everything else I can think of covering guns. Just what would you change? There are well over 50 laws on the books. I say just enforce the laws. Please don’t remove my right to protect my family and property. Under my rights granted under the Second Amendment I chose to arm myself with a device that will, without a doubt, stop a large and dangerous intruder in his tracks. I hope that I will never need this device. Can we discuss these laws and have open debate about who and what types should be allowed? Yes, I think we should. However, be prepared for 80 or 90 million folks getting very upset if anyone tries to remove this right of self protection.
I read with interest recent articles discussing health care navigators. These are people with little training, no licensing, no background check, no duty to respect confidentiality and no fiduciary responsibility who are to help the plebeians navigate through the complexities of Obamacare, specifically the exchanges. As was pointed out by others, this means that these people have the right to gather, among other things, Social Security numbers. I believe this job classification to be the perfect home for community organizers. California estimates that they will be required to hire 21,000 such navigators. I therefore refer to this portion of Obamacare as the Community Organizers Full Employment Act. Who pays these navigators? The taxpayer. This is simply another manifestation of the shallowness of Obama’s experience and his lack of qualification to be president.
James P. Whitaker, PhD
Wreaths for veterans
I had the honor of participating in the Wreaths Across America event at the Bushnell National Cemetery and I am wondering why there was no coverage of this event? There are more than 100,000 graves there, and only about 10,000 received wreaths. We have a huge military facility in Tampa, MacDill AFB, as well as numerous reserve units here. The least we can do is recognize those who have died for our freedoms, and honor them with a wreath. A donation of $15 purchases one wreath. This event needs more public awareness. No soldier’s grave should go unrecognized. I hope that next year there will be more awareness of this event, and as I drive out of the cemetery I will not see thousands of empty headstones.
Stay there, Rodman
I see Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea. That’s okay with me, and I hope that North Korea offers, and I hope Rodman accepts, permanent citizenship there. Next thing we’ll likely see arising out of Rodman’s influence is tattoos, earrings, lip and nose rings on Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea.