The greatest gift
After reading your many well-deserved Mother’s Day tributes in many sections of last Sunday’s Tribune, it was a bittersweet experience for me. From the enlightening story “Mother follows that dream” by popular columnist Steve Otto, to a special correspondent in the editorial section, Michael J. Hicks, who wrote a loving op-ed, “Whatever praise we give mom today, it won’t be nearly enough,” I must admit they both really tugged at my heart on the day that we celebrate the greatest gift known to mankind — our moms.
But I would be remiss not to mention my favorite and most inspirational story of the day by award-winning journalist Michelle Bearden, “Celebrate your mom every day that you can.” Her poignant, heart-felt and touching story about the loss of her mom brought me to the realization that I, as well as many others in our community, share much in common with her experience.
In 1986 my mom died suddenly, and it was such a crushing blow no words can adequately describe the intense numbness and incredible sense of loss that I and my family experienced.
There are some who embrace death and accept the fact that this is just another part of life. Then there are others, like myself, who are devastated beyond belief and can’t shake the tragedy and the reality of it all for many years.
It took me a long time to get through the hurt, but I’m fine now. With that said, and with the loving memory of my mom, thank you Mother Trib and all of your inspiring reporters for dedicating so much of your newspaper to our moms.
It took a death
In reference to the AP report about Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to veto a bill that could raise speed limits, I find it curious that it took a working trooper to bring up the obvious concerns of adding more speed to our interstates and other highways. The Legislature ignored a litany of law enforcement officers and traffic safety groups.
The closest voice from the Florida Highway Patrol on the issue, besides the one trooper who spoke up, was a retired trooper who is now the sheriff of Wakulla County, Charlie Creel. Where was the voice or opinion of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles? Where was the official opinion of FHP staff? Why does it take another officer’s death to bring the obvious into focus?
Vetoing that bad bill was the least the governor should do. He should reconsider who he has as state administrators and why they didn’t speak up. Could you imagine if Scott had signed that bill, then had to look those troopers in the eye at their fallen comrade’s funeral? Shameful.
Dead, not alive
Regarding “Do the math, and end death penalty” (Letter of the Day, May 14):
Unlike the writer, I prefer the old days. If one of my loved ones were murdered, I would not want that person to rot in jail. I would want him dead.
What actually needs fixing is our justice system, which allows years to go by between sentence and execution.
The execution of a murderer does not need to be fixed.
Leon G. Van Ess
Death by hacks
Regarding “In North Carolina, an attack by War Party is repelled” (Pat Buchanan, Other Views, May 13): After making a coherent case that the Republican Party establishment has betrayed Republican voters, Pat Buchanan veers into one of his standard rants against the Jewish lobby, i.e., the neocons and their financial backers. As a lifelong Republican, it appears to me that the imminent death of the party is attributable to Barack Obama-“lite” hacks such as Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney and John McCain and not to people, Jewish or otherwise, who are opposed to seeing Israel destroyed.
Jeffrey P. Meyer
A private issue
The emotionally charged issue debated by several writers in Views on May 14 is evidenced in an interesting ad hominem attack on writer Tommy Moore (“Shut the door,” Your Views, May 9). Moore’s rant seemed illogical to some as he referred to Jesus as an occult entity for which no evidence existed; yet it is very likely the “man” Jesus did exist. But how likely is it he fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish? Arbitrary beliefs are only possible when one employs faith rather than logic, in which case no rational argument is required — anything is possible. The entire subject then becomes a moot point.
There appears to be a common thread in the thinking that the Bible and the Constitution are infallible. I agree with the writers who argue that most who have opinions about the Bible have not read it. But it is also clear that neither they nor most Americans have read the Constitution. If the document were not left open to interpretation and clearly and easily understood, we would not have nine ex-lawyers dressed in long black robes fighting over what it means. Too, it is sad that the outcome of their decisions is based not on logic but on their liberal or conservative biases and who appointed them.
There seems to be a consensus among those who believe in arbitrary constructs that “we have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.” Therein lies the problem, and the problem has to do with individual rights, the foundation of our country and our laws. I would argue that we should have the freedom of unabridged views, period. The government exists to enforce those rights, not to diminish them or to coerce one belief over another. The government represents all the people, including those who choose not to believe in the supernatural.
When government takes the people’s time to practice religion (prayer), it does not represent all the people — faith or the lack of it is a private issue. Pray on your own time, not on mine.
Regarding “Scott will veto bill to raise speed limits” (TBO, May 13): It’s the same old, same old. Give folks an inch, and they will take a foot. Speeding is already an issue at 70 miles per hour and a leading cause of traffic deaths. Raising the speed limit to 75 mph would no doubt compel many motorists to travel at 80 or even 85.
As much as I am oftentimes at odds with Gov. Rick Scott, I commend him for his plan to veto the higher speed-limit bill. Indeed, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
JoAnn Lee Frank