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Curbing gun possession

Regarding “USF faces challenge if it fails to lift campus gun ban” (TBO, Dec. 24):

The fact that a Tallahassee court has opened the door to possibly allow guns in cars on campus leads to a serious question: Does the proliferation of firearms at some point become a public health issue? In other words, as gun groups continue to advocate policies that saturate our communities with guns, are there lethal consequences that follow?

A United Nations’ website provides some real-world insight into this question.

France, for the most recent year reported, had 35 gun murders, and Spain had 90 (see unodc.org).

Meanwhile, the USA is averaging about 11,000 gun murders annually.

The most critical difference between the USA and these other nations is that they don’t allow firearms to proliferate their cities in such an unfettered manner.

And, yes, law-abiding citizens in France are allowed to possess firearms.

Clearly, we can learn from other nations, and curbing the possession of firearms on campus is a wise way to start.

Tom Burke


Veterans’ benefits

Regarding “Cuts to benefits anger veterans” (front page, Dec. 24):

As usual, the Department of Defense and the rest of the administration seem to feel that the overall defense budget can only be corrected by reducing the benefits of its veterans.

The problem of the defense budget is not in the “personnel side of the house,” but in procurement.

How many times have we heard stories where the government purchased items ranging from nuts and bolts and, yes, toilet seats at exorbitant prices? I am sure that costs, overruns and good-old-boy politics will continue to drain our defense budget, not only at the expense of the taxpayer but at the expense of our veterans. Of course, let us not forget about monies spent and wasted on our adventures in the Middle East.

And, finally, let’s not forget our esteemed elected officials who represent us in D.C. What about their benefits? What changes are they going to make? Let’s see a preview of what they get when they retire. This also includes those who serve one, two or more terms and move on to those jobs outside of government.

Yes, let us see how the economic gap widens between those who sacrifice and those who govern.

Ronald Morrow

Apollo Beach

Cheap and easy

You hear a lot from progressives about “fairness” and “equality.” How is it “fair” to provide “a pathway to citizenship” for the millions of “newcomers” (illegal aliens) who have broken the law and not only expect forgiveness but want citizenship to be fast and easy (“Citizenship is the American way,” Other Views, Dec. 24)? That isn’t “fair” to the millions of immigrants who have done it the right way, didn’t look for shortcuts and worked very hard to earn citizenship. I would think that a cheap, easy citizenship for those who chose to break the law would be an insult, not only to those who did it right, but to citizenship in general and is definitely not “morally right.” Quite the contrary. It says that it’s OK to break the law as long as it’s done for a “noble cause.”

You also hear a lot from progressives about how these “newcomers” (illegal aliens), if granted citizenship, will contribute to the economy in the form of paid taxes and increased demand for goods and services. (Does that mean they not only are breaking immigration laws by being here, but they are also not paying any taxes?)

If that’s the case, why don’t we just open the borders, open “citizenship offices” and let the new citizenry solve our economic problems?

Citizenship may be the American way, and I applaud all who want to become a citizen of this great country, but let’s keep it “fair” and “equal” by not cheapening the title “citizen” just because some see dollar signs, some see votes and some want it to be fast and easy.

Jerrold Cheesbro

Sun City Center

Christmas reunion

The Christmas spirit was alive in Hernando County.

On Christmas Eve my daughter’s dog went missing. She and her boyfriend spent hours looking for her little baby. On Christmas Day she was having her boyfriend’s family over for dinner, and there was knock on the door. An employee from the Circle K on Spring Hill Drive and U.S. 41 was at the door with a poster that someone had brought to the store. It had a picture of Sydney with “found” and a phone number.

She called and found out that the people at Just A Bit Equine farm had Sydney. She was all right, but she had been hit by a car on Spring Hill Drive, and they had picked her up. They had taken her to a vet to be checked out and then took her home.

One of the family members had stopped in the Circle K and put up the poster.

My daughter got her little dog back on Christmas Day because an employee of Circle K and a very nice family had gone out of their way to make sure they were reunited.

Thank you to both.

Robert Gathje


Weather Center