Letters Violence-endorsing legislator from Panhandle is troublesome


Violence-endorsing

legislator vexing

Bravo to Frank Cerabino (“Florida’s protesters might want to be holding a ‘stop’ sign,” Feb. 27), who introduced us to state Sen. George Gainer from the Panhandle of Florida. Gainer has written Senate Bill 1096, which exempts a vehicle driver from liability in the injury or death of a protester or demonstrator who interferes with traffic during a non-permitted march.

How disappointing it is that we have a state senator who uses his position to advocate violence. He should be worried about issues that are important to promote better quality of life for the people of Florida.

I have written and called his office. I can only hope that others will follow suit and see that we have a legislator who advocates violence, which we see too much of daily.

LISA BLANE, SOUTH PALM BEACH

Dems have no message,

no positive leadership

The Democrats are in a psychological and ideological mess. Their political power has eroded over the past eight years. Even when Mitt Romney lost in 2012, the Democrats lost seats in Congress and in state and local elections.

Now the Democrats have only a radical message that does not radiate with America. They have no leaders and no bench. They have been reduced to marches, riots, civil unrest and protests as their unifying message.

The party is now confined to a strategy that is to divide and outrage the opposition, instead of an uplifting and positive message to lead them out of this mess.

DON EDWARDS, HOBE SOUND

GOP majority complicit

in Trump’s travesty

It is no longer a matter of hope that Donald Trump will become an honest president committed to the Constitution and to the citizens whose rights and well-being it protects. The real culprits have now become the cowards in Congress who have irresponsibly become deaf and dumb.

In the face of an incompetent president who is a pathological liar, responsibility has fallen upon Congress to seize responsible control, maintain stability and protect democracy. Instead of speaking out, as they should, the cowardly GOP majority has cravenly assisted the ongoing corruption of democracy by uncritically approving the appointment of unqualified Cabinet members and by failing to call them out for their lies under oath during their senatorial hearings. They have neither spoken out nor attempted to impede Trump’s irresponsible and often hateful excesses.

This has now become a matter that transcends day-to-day politics. By attacking the free press and the judiciary and by labeling the exposure of his lies as “fake news,” Trump is laying the groundwork for an autocratic takeover. These are the tactics of history’s dictators, a fact that those senators who are students of history know all too well.

They have chosen so far to wear blinders and muzzles and put their own re-election concerns ahead of the needs of the nation. They must be condemned for their silence and inaction.

With a mentally unstable administration and a lack of respect for the judiciary, a responsible Congress — faithful to our Constitution and the ideals of democracy — is the last hope for the survival of America as we knew it, one that never needed to be made “great again,” since, in spite of some warts and blemishes, it has always been “great.”

It will be after Trump’s reign that a future president and Congress will truly need to “Make America Great Again.”

ROBERT GOLDSTONE, PALM CITY



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