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Disciplining children

Discipline starts at home. When parents allow their children to yell at them without repercussions they come to school thinking they can yell at teachers and principals, too. All this discussion about whether to spank your child or not has led parents to let their children behave badly with no consequences. Parents are led to believe that they are bad parents if they have to spank their child. Parents, you need to know that the so-called and self-proclaimed experts aren’t always right. Spanking doesn’t always lead to violent behavior. When children are out of control they sometimes need to be spanked if reasoning, timeouts and other methods have not worked.

The bottom line is that if your child is yelling at you or your spouse, their teacher or any adult, you have a child with a discipline problem. No child should ever yell in anger at an adult. It is your responsibility to lead in disciplining your child. It is not your child’s teacher who needs to teach them proper behavior. It is only their job to reinforce proper behavior.

Terry Larson


‘Theater Security Agency’

Regarding the numerous letters about texting in a theater:

I’m not going to try to “justify” the death of the patron who was texting. There is only one truth, and hopefully that will come out in court: The retired police captain should not have had the weapon in the theater to begin with. Do we need a “Theater Security Agency” (TSA) at the movies now?

The point is they both had equal opportunities to de-escalate the issue before it culminated in the shot fired. I am not going to say “he asked for it.” It takes two to tango. The victim started the confrontation with the texting. After it was brought to his attention, he continued. After the retired captain reported the texting to the theater management, the management thanked him but failed to address the issue timely. Shared culpability?

When the victim heard he was, in fact, reported, he reportedly got more angry, stood up and threw “unknown objects” or who knows what. This was yet another chance for either party to “tap out.” There was too much pseudo-machismo to go around. Many have said the captain should have moved seats. What about the victim? He could have moved and perhaps be alive today.

My condolences to the family. It is a sad story!

Tony Kluz


Walking out alive

Regarding “Simple math” (Your Views, Feb. 5):

Even simpler math: Don’t text in the theater and, most important, don’t start flinging popcorn around — and you will walk out of the theater alive.

Charles R. German


In a fight alone

I’m one of those who lost their insurance due to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Within months of passage of the bill, Blue Cross doubled everything, the rates and deductible. Uninsured, I was left only with the hope that in three years the ACA would make insurance all affordable.

Seven months ago I was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer. It’s a death sentence. I’m 54 years, with my only income Social Security.

I found out I’m ineligible for Medicare until two years after the onset of the cancer. I have too much money ($2,500) in savings to get Medicare. The deductible plus out-of-pocket for the “best” ACA plan is $12,000. That’s nearly one half of what I get in Social Security.

So, I am ineligible for Medicare until well into my terminal illness, and Medicaid is only available if I become so destitute that I’d have to live under a bridge. And the ACA is so unaffordable that I would end up using up 40 percent of my Social Security.

I’ve taken things into my own hands. I ignore the government, Republicans, Democrats, President Obama — all are worthless. I’m in this fight alone.

Jim Davidson

Port Richey

Problem solved?

In response to “What’s the buzz? All about Charlie” (Views, Feb. 2): John Grant believes that John Morgan campaigned to have the proposed medical marijuana amendment placed on the November ballot to drive Democrat voters to the polls and therefore increase Charlie Crist’s vote totals. Morgan’s personal reasons aside, if the Republicans are so concerned that the issue will help Crist, why don’t they encourage the Legislature to pass a medical marijuana law (consensus says the amendment will pass overwhelmingly, anyway), eliminating the need for an amendment and removing it from the ballot?

A. J. Brent


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