Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Trump’s recent Executive Order hurts Americans

I am 65 years old. I have paid into Social Security and Medicare since 1967. I have been battling Stage 4 breast cancer since 2013. The President’s Executive Order on government assistance, so-called “entitlements,” slipped through recently, with all the distractions of criminal bank fraud, sex scandals, possible Russian blackmail videos and long-time humanitarian crimes in Syria.

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Stray cats in apartment complexes a problem

I’m writing this letter about an article I read on April 6 in the Bradenton Herald concerning cats. To my understanding, most of the time Animal Services will spay or neuter cats and returned them back to most areas. The apartment complex I live in has so many cats, some are spayed and neutered and some are not. These cats that are brought back need food and water or they should be removed. I know by setting traps some cats will go in. But look how long they will be in that old trap with no food or water. Some of these cats were inside pets left by people who use to live here. I loves cats and hate to see them hungry. There are so many babies on the way now. Please save these cats.

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Bradenton can’t run on renewable energy

In a recent Bradenton Herald story asked the question: “Is Bradenton ready to run on renewable energy?” The answer to which would be evident to any inquisitive and resourceful student with a calculator. No city of any size, including Bradenton, can function on the unpredictability of solar and wind blight.

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Mourning the loss of Dr. Caltenco

Learned of the death today of a great man and kind person, Dr. Elias Caltenco. Dr. Caltenco practiced in Manatee County for more than 30 years. In my position at Manatee Hospital, I gave him his orientation when he started his practice. We saw Dr. Caltenco a few months ago and he still had a smile on his face.

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Trump’s war mongering dangerous for world

One year before his death, the great Martin Luther King Jr. poignantly observed: “I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government.”

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New opioid legislation not likely to help

The recent passing and signing of Florida’s new opioid legislation was touted as a significant step towards stemming opioid addiction in our great state. Most talked about was the limitation of scheduled II pain medications (oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc.) to a three-day supply with the ability to prescribe up to a seven-day supply in special situations.

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Deal with protecting students rationally

Sunday’s opinion column – “When is gun violence going to stop?” — displays a predictable theme. Ask the question, show recent statistics and then blame the National Rifle Association for the massacre followed by the familiar demand to “throw the bums out of office” but offers no constructive opinion as to how things might be improved.

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Residents should not have to pay for new development

The Board of Commissioners voted unlawfully against the people of Manatee County on March 20 by approving an impact fee cap of 90 percent. During the hearing many citizens came forward to oppose the Land Development Code amendment which requires that our tax dollars pay for 10 percent of the infrastructure that is required only because of new development such as parks, libraries, law enforcement, public safety, and multimodal transportation. That infrastructure is necessary only for new development and does not benefit the taxpayers in the rest of the county.

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Write your representatives about gun control

We are American citizens who were living in Australia. We moved back to the United States because we love the quality of life and spirit of equality that America embodies. But the ability of anyone to get their hands on weapons of mass destruction scares me for the lives of my two teenagers who are the most precious thing in the world to me.

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Great care received at LECOM Park

Kudos to the Pittsburgh Pirates, LECOM Park and the ushers, EMTs, police and firemen. I was at the March 18 Boston Red Sox vs. Pirate game when I suffered sun stroke/heat stroke and passed out. I was told it was just for about 20-30 seconds but when I came to there were two to three ushers around me and telling me the EMTs were on their way and up they came with police and firemen. The care I received from all could not have been faster or better. They all are a credit to their professions. Thank you all and to the city of Bradenton.

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Don’t privatize Florida’s beaches

Please tell Governor Scott not to privatize beaches. Last month, Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 631, the Possession of Real Property Bill, which on July 1 will give hotels, condos, and private residences more control over the beachfront they own, all the way to the high-tide line. Critics say the bill will ultimately give private owners more power to kick the public off their piece of paradise.

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Trying to figure out the gun laws

In 1969, the Florida Legislature unanimously passed Senate bill 43 (Chapter 69-306) which made it a felony “to have in his or her care, custody, possession, or control any short barreled rifle, short barreled shotgun” similar to laws in many states.

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When is gun violence going to stop?

“… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” So says the Second Amendment. It is not as rigid as some would have us believe. The courts have ruled as much. No one has the right to own a rocket propelled grenade; a surface-to-air missile; an operational Army tank; an armed fighter jet; nor even a live hand grenade. Why then should anyone have the right to own an assault rifle?

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Is Bradenton still the ‘Friendly City’?

Re: Rule changes to a public death. I commend Manatee County for implementing the new rules quickly so such an undignified end like Mr. Ross suffered won’t happen again. However, County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh hit the nail on the head when she questioned why the responders couldn’t have acted correctly in the first place. It seems to me their focus was more “not my job” instead of showing compassion for the deceased and his family.

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Laws for mentally ill should be changed

Amid so many discussions and ideas for safety for our school children there hasn’t been much said about the inability of policemen to intercede where a mentally ill person is showing every sign of being dangerous to others and himself. Why are policemen unable to get such a person put into an institution where he can’t harm others?

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Buchanan benefits from tax bill

It should be no surprise to anyone that Vern Buchanan will be a major beneficiary in the tax bill that he helped create and push through Congress. The idea that he is “working for his constituents” is clearly a false one when one pays close attention to the “instant polls” that he puts out and the responses from those constituents. It is also very clear when his record is reviewed that aside from some positive efforts on the part of animals and the environment, he is working for his peers — the wealthy and powerful.

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How you can help during kitten season

Though winter seems to be holding on to Florida longer than many of us would like, the chilly temperatures have done little to deter amorous outdoor cats. Kitten season is upon us and shelters are experiencing an influx of tiny, vulnerable baby cats that are statistically unlikely to survive to an adoptable age without mom.

Riley’s Barkery owner explains how her dog treats are made

The process for creating all-natural dog treats at Riley’s Barkery is actually pretty simple. The owner, 18-year-old Camryn Gulash, explains how she makes her healthy pet snacks from scratch in her kitchen.
Ryan Callihan