Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Students to march, for what?

Students are being told by the left they must take a stand against the NRA and demand common sense gun controls. Banning all guns would not make a difference, so anything less, no bump stocks, lower capacity magazines, waiting periods for purchase, etc., will accomplish nothing in the way of tragedy prevention.

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Patriots fans welcome at Slim’s

The day after the Super Bowl the Bradenton Herald published a fun article highlighting the camaraderie at Slim’s Place between Patriots and Eagles fans prior to the big game. Unfortunately, an individual misconstrued the context of the article and wrote to several local papers calling for a boycott of Slim’s. Since we were referenced in the opinion piece, we wanted to correct the perception that we were asked to leave for the airing of the Super Bowl. We were not asked to leave. The reality is, we simply stopped by earlier in the day to have good banter with the owners as it is our “home away from home” for Pats games. The fabulous Slim’s crew always takes great care of the many fans regardless of what team they are there to cheer. We thank Chris, P.J., and team for all their hospitality given to us and the many other Patriots fans throughout the season. If you’re a local or from out-of-town it is a great place to catch whatever sport and team you root for. All are welcome.

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Banning assault weapons the only solution

Aurora, Sandy Hook, Pulse, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Parkland — all have one thing in common: the AR-15 Military Assault Rifle. Can you ban “the most popular rifle in America”? Yes, banning military assault weapons is the only real solution to the plague of mass shootings in this country.

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Take a stand against Senate Bill 540

From the perspective of being a higher education administrator for over 40 years with more than half of those as a vice president for student affairs and fundraising, I support SCF President Probstfeld’s position against the bill that Sen. Dorothy Hukill is sponsoring as reported in your Feb. 2 edition. With all due respect, Sen. Hukill clearly doesn’t understand how higher education works. Here’s why:

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Put common sense, public safety first

Do not tell me your “thoughts and prayers” are with the families and victims of these repetitious killings that happen only in America. The phrase has become as trite, wearing and insulting as the excuses we use to do so little to prevent mass shootings.

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Slim’s a great place to watch sports

Eagles fans who regularly enjoy Slim’s Place on Anna Maria Island were thrilled to be featured on the Bradenton Herald’s front page after our exciting Super Bowl VII win. However, we take issue with the portrayal of Slim’s as a place where the opposing team’s fans put their safety at risk by coming in. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While the fans are spirited, any banter is purely spoken in fun.

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Crackdown on vaping lauded

Kudos to Manatee Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division operation targeting vapor product sales to minors as noted in the Feb. 13 article “A minor entered 14 Manatee businesses to buy vapor products. Six clerks failed the test.”

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15th Street East needs to be repaired

I read a recent article about improving 45th Street East to handle more traffic. What about Old 301? From Ninth Avenue to University it is a mess. It looks as if it hasn’t seen a fresh top coat of asphalt since it was created. There are spots where it was painted for lines and the road next to it is 1 1/2 inches lower from wear. It needs a center turn lane so people will stop passing in the grass on the right (to which I have not seen any law enforcement to stop it). I have seen many road improvements in the past 15 years or so but not one yard’s worth on Old 301 (15th Street East).

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A traffic solution for Manatee Avenue

Sitting here on State Road 64, Manatee Avenue, between Starbucks and Manatee Memorial Hospital, I finally realized how to alleviate some of the traffic problems on this road. If the City could take part of the green space and sidewalk away by Eminant Domain and add another turning lane going right towards Palmetto, it would lessen the traffic in the middle two lanes going west toward the beach. There’s plenty of room there to back up the sidewalk probably 10 feet closer to the parking lot of Manatee Memorial Hospital. The grassy area could be removed and turned into an extra turning lane. Add more signage ... like signs that say “Palmetto Left Lane,” and move the signs East a few blocks to alert drivers to prepare to turn. Any thoughts?

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What can we do to change the future?

Enough! The 18th school shooting in 43 days. How horrific. How ashamed we should be of our country, as the world is getting together for the Olympics our kids at home are dying in their schools. What caused the shooter to be filled with so much anger and hatred? Has our country done anything to try to cure this school shooting epidemic? Are we getting complacent to this violence?

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NRA purchased inaction from Republicans in Congress

Take the total contribution of the NRA to Republicans in Congress and divide it by the number of Republican legislators in Congress. That is the price that the NRA and Republicans have placed on the head of each dead high school student killed yesterday in Parkwood and the students killed at the 17 other school shooting that have occurred since the beginning of the year. Is it $10,000 per child, $100,000 per child? Clearly, the NRA set a price per child to purchase inaction by the Republican-controlled Congress.

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Stop giving Congressional members free health insurance

Is it so hard to set things on a different path in Washington? A little common sense would go a long way. Remember common sense? A recent contributor suggested earlier that we stop the paychecks when Congressional members fail to arrive at a budget on time. The rest of us don’t get paid for not completing our tasks in a timely manner or refusing to meet our deadlines. Another suggestion: stop giving Congressional members free insurance coverage for themselves and their families. Require them to search out their own coverage in the same existing markets the rest of us have to deal with. That experience would bring a new clarity to the problems that exist. Nothing motivates like a problem that is personal.

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Black History Month a time for reflection

Since February is Black History Month it is especially appropriate to reply to Joseph Willis’s letter to the editor on Feb. 1 titled “Corey Mobley’s own actions led to his death,” in which he states “It is my opinion that the real culprits in this case are the people demonstrating against the police.”

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