Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor 12/02/08

Domestic partnerbenefits targeted

The wording of Amendment 2 sought to define marriage as “the legal union of one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.” The Yes on 2 leaders promised they were only trying to protect marriage and no one would risk losing health benefits. The No on 2 leaders said domestic partner benefits would be at risk if Amendment 2 passed. The Yes on 2 people said this statement was a scare tactic. The Nov. 21 St. Petersburg Times reports David Caton of the Florida Family Association is seeking to block domestic partner benefits to Hillsborough County employees. Mr. Caton felt passage of Amendment 2 means he has to take this action. So, who turns out to be the group you can trust? The Yes 2 people who said they were not attacking domestic partner benefits but now are attacking these same benefits, or the No on 2 people who warned you it could happen? Counties and cities will face expensive legal battles to retain domestic partner benefits for their employees as Florida Family Association and others seek to repeal these benefits at a time when many cities and counties are facing strained budgets.

John Lomas


Death a big loss

I was privileged to have known Our Daily Bread soup kitchen manager Mary DeLazzer and last spoke with her on Monday when I delivered turkeys that the residents of The Gardens had donated. As usual she was so appreciative. I have known Mary for five years and she always put the soup kitchen first in her life. She was respected by the men and women who needed her help. She will be a big loss in the community. My prayers are with her family. She was a wonderful person.Mary Smith


Fighting terrorism

The attacks in Mumbai offer a great opportunity in battling terrorism in Afghanistan, perhaps even Iraq. Indians have been awakened to Islamic terrorism. It would not be a great stretch to persuade India to join the battle in Afghanistan by sending troops by the tens of thousands. That kind of infusion would drive the Taliban and al-Qaida back into Pakistan. Pakistan, for its part, would not react positively to Indians being on another frontier. The understanding would be frank, “Destroy the Taliban and al-Qaida in the frontier regions and the Indian troops would depart.”India would be reluctant to step more deeply into the terrorism cess pool with fear that more Mumbai attacks would follow but not getting involved is no guarantee against future attacks. It would also play to the public’s need for some payback to Pakistan. What is most needed is immediate action from our president. That’s not going to happen. By the time Obama takes office the moment might have passed and the great opportunity lost.Vald Svekis


Outrage missingWhere is the Muslim outrage over the Mumbai massacre? If Christians had committed this, all the leaders of the Christian world, including the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Billy Graham, etc., would have vociferously condemned this hideous act. Why haven’t any Muslims spoken out against this atrocity?Diana Parker Williams


No spread wealth

Thomas Jefferson knew long ago what to expect out of today’s weak-minded, do-nothing people. Thomas Jefferson said, “The Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not” and “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”You are in a minority when it comes to national health care. So, let’s spread the wealth! Tax the heck out of the rich people that invest and create jobs, and give it to the people that pay little or no taxes. Let’s give amnesty to those that sneak into our country, give them Social Security, free health care, free schooling, fill our prisons, create large nationwide gangs, drive around with no insurance or driver’s license. I say, You can keep the change. I support Sarah Palin for 2012. She is a force that will continue to grow and get stronger. Mike McLeod