Letters: Party-line voting is appalling

Party-line voting

is appalling

Blessed are they that demand that everyone vote either Republican or Democrat. They blissfully ignore candidates’ qualifications, integrity, balance, disposition, track record and agenda, requiring only one of two labels.

How appalling that the segregation mentality still reigns here — except that, in this case, there is no “equal,” only separate.


Become informed

about the candidates

We voters can simply pay attention to what elected officials say when running for election and what they actually do if elected. We can pay attention to how many times they are in Billy Bigbucks’ home, collecting donations from all of Billy’s rich friends, or traveling the world on “fact-finding missions,” versus how much time they are in their offices actually doing the work they promised to do.

And we can pay attention to how often they come to their home districts and actually talk to people. We voters who don’t have thousands of dollars to buy our personal congressman are still the majority in this country.

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We can all take a few minutes each day to listen to a radio station or a TV station, to hear what they’re saying about “our guy.” Election Day will be coming faster than you think and there are multiple races all over Florida and the country, with new faces running against established politicians. All of them are going to spend as much money as they can to make each one of us remember their name on Election Day. It is our duty as citizens to show them we do care.

We must each be an intelligent, informed voter.


Arming teachers is

voluntary program

Re “Arming teachers is no solution” (Letters, Sept. 7):

I believe the writer misses the point. I am not a gun owner or a gun advocate. The writer’s last sentence sums up the hysteria of the issue:

“There are many things other than putting guns in the hands of people who have not been trained to shoot, nor have the desire to do so.”

This program was not a mandatory requirement to teachers, it was a recommendation to allow those teachers who wished to be trained and felt comfortable to be able to use the gun, if necessary to do so. As long as we have gun-free zones, we will have killing fields available to the evil or deranged people in society.

There is no guarantee that having guns in the school will prevent any killing, witnessed by the Parkland security officer who waited outside, but it might help minimize the amount of death or destruction.


We must reclaim

what made U.S. great

As the wife of a Vietnam War veteran with Parkinson’s disease, there’s a lot of stress and sadness in my life. But that’s not the whole story.

My respect for the USA and its democracy is falling away. My country wants more for its children and invests in quality education and health services, clean air and water and an even playing field for opportunity. We need equal justice and humane treatment of all our citizens.

We do not gun down the unarmed. We do not tear children from their parents, ever. We do not deride others — individuals, countries and cultures — for their difference. We earn leadership through respect and tolerance.

At 74 years old, my hope for my family and my country is slipping away. Sometimes I think I am asking too much, and then I remember that in the 1960s and 1970s we believed and we achieved our hopes for our future.

While it is not too late, it might soon be. Remember what a truly ethical American citizen aspires to: freedom of religion; separation of church and state; being our brother’s and sister’s keeper by providing security for shelter and food, and fair wages in a secure working environment.

I remember, do you?


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