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The Other

Leonard Pitts, in his column “Terrified and frightened, yes, but has America gone crazy?” (Other Views, Sept. 19,) says we “are among the most frightened” people on the planet, “so we arm ourselves to the tune of a reported 300 million guns.” He says “we are scared of the face in the window, the rattle at the door and the Other who wants to take our stuff.” America has 2.3 million people under some form of correctional control. A lot of these “Others” decided that they wanted something that didn’t belong to them, and they would take it in spite of laws, courts, police forces and the “gun-worshiping” American people.

Stop for a minute and imagine just another 25 percent to 30 percent more people than there are now “at your window” and “at your door” with a gun and wanting your stuff because they know that chances are, you don’t have any way to stop them. I submit that taking away a large percentage of the 300 million guns because of well-intentioned “gun control” would create just that scenario.

America has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the incarcerated. Does that make us “crazy,” or a nation that is justifiably concerned about the “Other”?

Jerrold Cheesbro

Sun City Center

Pitts’ cop-out

In response to Leonard Pitts: America has not gone crazy. It is Pitts who is trying to push his ideology on Americans. We still go by the Constitution in the United States, and it has stood the test of time.

I think Pitts needs to delve deeper into gun-free zones because, for some reason, these misguided individuals know they can wreak havoc in these zones. To want to discredit the Constitution as being of a different era is a cop-out to the real problem.

Stephen Burchett


Tampa’s new title

I was so disappointed to read the article “They Do Not” (front page, Sept. 19). I have been a resident of Tampa for nearly three decades, re-married and have four millennial children living here. Tampa, once a town encouraging family growth and family ways, is now a town wearing the proud title “Tampa’s never-married singles out-number married people.” Thank you, Mayor Bob Buckhorn, for working so hard to achieve this goal. Or not!

What about our post-World War II men and women? These young men came home and married their young brides, not knowing what the future held for them. They built their lives together having children and being responsible contributors to society by voting, paying taxes, owning homes and yes, going to church. These are the people who have lived life through all the hurdles, hardships and joys, and are married 50-plus years. They share the stories of their lives and are a dying breed. Those who are wise should listen to them.

I am thrilled to hear that we are a town on the move, but our growth is measured by the construction in Channelside, Hyde Park and downtown, with bars and restaurants popping up everywhere. Encouraging young unmarried people who choose to live together, holding off responsibility, is not something we should be proud of, Mayor Buckhorn!

Judy M. Cress


Survey says ...

Regarding “They Do Not:”

News flash: 15-year-olds staying single. Good grief!

The Tampa Tribune devoted a significant portion of the front page news to a story describing the percentage of people who have and have not been married, etc., while arguably emphasizing a growing trend among younger people who are supposedly choosing not to be married. However, with my trusty bifocals and a closer look at the fine print, I learned the Tribune’s source of U.S. Census statistics included everyone 15 years of age and older.

If this is the new standard of reporting the news, maybe I can have a survey of my own published. I’ll just survey widows, for example, to find out how many have ever been married and then surprise the Tribune with those results for a chance at another front-page news story or perhaps investigate another startling trend — as to why so many 15-year-old kids are choosing not to own cars!

Alan Crawford



Regarding “School board chief gives Elia an ‘F’ ” (front page, Sept. 19): It is obvious that the chair of the Hillsborough County School Board does not see eye-to-eye with Superintendent MaryEllen Elia on a number of issues, and that is her prerogative. But she also is grandstanding her concerns by lack of leadership and attitude.

April Griffin’s evaluation of the superintendent seems like petty jealousy toward a person who has a tremendous task in leading our school district and in my estimation has done a wonderful job. For the chair and a fellow board member to grade Elia in such an immature display of getting even reminds me of kids taking their bat and ball and going home if all does not work in their favor.

Joe Voskerichian


Weather Center