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Keep out of Syria

To start with, I am completely for the United States to stay out of Syria. Completely OUT.

The use of chemical weapons is horrific but so are other weapons that end up with the same results: people die. I don’t know why anyone would be surprised that Obama kicked the can down the road to the Congress.

This is a man who was a community organizer; had little to no real experience as a state senator; who voted “Present” most of the time that he actually showed up; who as a U.S. senator also had a shallow record of attendance and voting; who was against almost everything the Bush administration was for and has done almost nothing to change anything; who when confronted with “phony scandals” has pleaded a lot of “I was not aware, informed, part of the process, I didn’t know etc.”

Golf anyone?

Tom Bennis

Sun City Center

Our children first

In response to “Obama delays Syria strike” (Front page, Sept. 1):

Obama challenged lawmakers to consider, “What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price.” I challenge our lawmakers to consider whether Syria’s children are more valuable than ours. We take thousands of children’s lives each year through abortion. Mr. Assad will stand before God for his sins and we will answer for ours.

America needs to do what is right at home before it starts throwing missiles at someone else.

David Bradford


No frisking

In response to “Would you trade places?” (Your Views, Aug. 30) I would take issue with Mr. Harris and ask where has he been out and about. I have been in downtown Tampa, St. Petersburg, Bradenton and Ybor City and I have not seen any frisking or searching from a law enforcement officer.

I am not saying this does not happen, but I have not seen that incidents, as Harris suggests, are rampant.

As far as Mr. Harris suggesting Mr. Zimmerman was motivated by skin color, may I remind you that Mr. Zimmerman was found innocent by a jury of his peers.

Stephen Burchett


Health law works

I am a 72-year-old retired RN who wants affordable health care for every American. In my younger years, when I was a single mother, I had no insurance for me or my children and felt like a walking time bomb. After I received an education and became a nurse, I had good care and annual physicals from my place of employment.

When I retired from hospital nursing at age 60, I had to pay exorbitant prices, even though I did not have chronic physical problems. When I hit Medicare age, I had lost the habit of having preventive care visits. It was only with the Affordable Care Act teaming up with Physicians United Plan and Bond Clinic that got me to an excellent nurse practitioner who gave me a thorough exam. I had labs, EKG, chest X-ray, a thorough eye exam, pap smear, mammogram, and the best ob-gyn exam I had ever had. I paid nothing because it was preventive care at the Wellness Clinic put on by PUP and Bond.

Everyone should have the right to have the same peace of mind that I have.

Anita Balach


Obama’s failure

I have to congratulate Lewis Diuguid (Other Views, Aug. 30) on his realization that President Obama has failed the “black community.” He did not, however, go far enough or wide enough. I submit that Obama has failed all Americans. It might be better for unity if, whenever possible, people were identified not “by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

A lot of the issues mentioned by Diuguid apply not just to black people. Obviously the letter writer realizes this administration doesn’t have a clue as to the solutions to major problems facing this country.

Jerrold Cheesbro

Sun City Center

No downtown stadium

It is imperative we move the Rays stadium out of downtown St Pete. But moving it into downtown Tampa will not solve anything. Well, maybe it will make some developers rich and waste a boatload of tax money, but it will only move the attendance problem from St Pete to Tampa. Moving it to Channelside is fool’s folly.

Put the stadium where I can get to it without having to drive through side streets and neighborhoods. Put it on the Interstate, with an exchange.

Les Rayburn

Dade City

Thanks, county workers

It seems people are quick to complain about government agencies, but it is also important to compliment them when they do a great job. Recently, I emailed the Hillsborough County Public Works Department because I was concerned about my deteriorating culvert. Not only does this drainage pipe direct stormwater, but it also provides the only egress from our home. One of their project managers contacted me by phone to confirm that a crew would arrive soon to assess and correct the damage. The construction crew was professional, and they explained exactly how they were going to replace the pipe and repair our driveway. And then they delivered on their promises — even re-sodded the sides of the driveway. They exceeded our expectations.

John Ficca


Weather Center