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We need the military

Regarding “Forced reduction:” What is the matter with the world today? We need the military! They have and will protect us, sometimes giving their lives. We saw what diplomacy did in the 1940s. Do we want that again?

Cut some of the extras — not food or real necessities — from the “freeloaders.” If the news is correct, a great majority are taking advantage of the system, collecting instead of earning a salary because they make more from government handouts than working.

L.F. Johnson

Plant City

Love our neighbor

Regarding “Blatant disregard for young black men’s lives” (Letter of the Day, Feb. 25):

One of the great errors of our times is over generalizing. This includes attributing the actions of a few to a whole population. The author has done this by looking down a one-way street and attributing the actions of two trigger-happy idiots to the entire white population. Unfortunately, too many people (black and white) are killed each day. Even more unfortunate is the large number of blacks killed by other blacks.

America’s problem today is not white against black. Our problem is a lack of regard for others. We have forgotten the biblical command to love our neighbor. Let’s turn our one-way streets into two-way streets and teach our young peace and respect for all.

Barbara Kealey


Black-on-black crime

Regarding “Blatant disregard for young black men’s lives:” The letter writer must live in a different country than I do, but if not let me try to alleviate her anxiety.

A white man is far more likely to be killed by a black man than the reverse. A white woman is far more likely to be raped by a black man. Of course, we aren’t supposed to say this because truth telling when it comes to black crime is forbidden in our wonderful new multi-cultural society.

As most young black men who are murdered are murdered by other young black men, then it would seem logical to point out that those who have a “blatant disregard for young black men’s lives” are, in fact, young black men. I hope she understands now.

R.J. O’Rourke

Dade City

Rules to live by

Regarding “Blatant disregard for young black men’s lives:”

I have suggestions for inclusions in the “young black man’s rule book.” One, have a healthy respect for authority whether or not you think that authority has jurisdiction where you are concerned.

Two, don’t push your agenda too hard and expect no consequences for your actions.

Three, realize that you are not the center of the universe and have a respect for the rights and wishes of those around you.

If these rules are not in the “rule book,” they should be. In fact, they could replace all the other rules in the book and serve any young man well, regardless of race.

And by the way, I am not an old, scared, gun-toting white man, but a half-black Cherokee Indian who has used the “rule book” to live to a ripe old age.

Jerrold Cheesbro

Sun City Center

Give us a break

Everybody by now has seen the pros and cons of the Keystone Pipeline. How many temporary and permanent jobs have been discussed in depth in print and on TV?

What is being kept in the dark is “where” the finished product is going after it’s refined. Remember the line the oil companies and the government gave us about how the Alaskan Pipeline would give us cheap gas and diesel for the future if it was allowed to be built, only to have the crude shipped to the Far East instead of the U.S.?

If you research the Keystone Pipeline you will find that the majority of this crude is designated for export to Central and South America, not the U.S.

When are we going to get a break? I’m getting tired of paying $3.50 a gallon for gas so oil companies can pad their bottom line. It’s time to give the U.S. consumer a break and stop breaking it off in our you-know-what.

James Woods


High-risk development

It seems patently unfair to impose drastic increases in the FEMA flood insurance rates on those already insured. Those already insured should be “grandfathered,” and rate increases should be moderated based on cost of living and inflation increases, etc. However, the federal government should completely discontinue providing flood insurance to all new high-risk properties. If folks choose to buy a home in a flood zone they should not expect the American taxpayer to subsidize their property insurance.

Some of the development we have seen in the Tampa Bay area makes absolutely no sense. The development west of U.S. 41 in south Hillsborough is an excellent example of reckless development. It’s not a question of if but of when those developments experience catastrophic losses.

Without federal flood insurance most of these developments would never have materialized. The federal government should not be encouraging development in those very high-risk areas.

Darrell W. Katz


Weather Center