Letters to the Editor

06/18 - Letters to the editor

As a 25-year resident homeowner in Elwood Park, I am involved with opposing the McClures’ property rezoning proposal, as mentioned in your June 11 article. Yes, my neighbors and I are strongly against the rezoning request.

On Saturday, I discovered that Elwood Park Baptist Church, the heart of our community, was hosting a truly wonderful event. There were family activities such as cow milking, horseback rides, cowboy whip cracking demonstrations, to name only a few.

This is truly unique to any other areas of Manatee County, without traveling way east of I-75! Our simple way of life should not be disrupted by overcrowding that comprises too many high-density developments already surrounding our piece of nature and the real world. Here’s hoping the county commissioners will carefully consider allowing a bit of Bradenton’s hometown feel to remain.

Jennifer S. Weisenborn

Elwood Park, Bradenton

Sheriff’s office should rethink budget, cut costs

The Manatee Sheriff’s Office needs to rethink its budget. Let’s use smaller, more efficient vehicles. This is the age of radios, use them effectively and you won’t need more vehicles or fast vehicles.

They certainly need less expensive emergency lighting. Every time you pass a police car, there are thousands of dollars of lights. How many lights does one car need?

Recently, I came up to a stoplight and an officer was behind another vehicle. The officer stopped at the red light and the other car ran the red light. Too much work to write the ticket?

Let’s evaluate the sheriff’s department and help them become better at their jobs. The public isn’t trained to do serious police work, but they could help evaluate the little things that upset citizens and make a difference in our neighborhoods and save lives.

The number of undercover vehicles could be cut back and save a lot of fuel. I have seen many times when they are doing a drug bust and there are 20 or so undercover vehicles. Why so many cars? They are all going to the same place; ride together?

First cut the unnecessary spending and then ask for more money. Cut down the obesity in the department and cut down the down time for health problems. This costs a lot of money to taxpayers. Get the officers more effective at what they do. Get the illegals off the road. Then ask for more money.

Chester Bullock


We cannot simply end our need for petroleum

A comment on the recent letters to the editor from people who challenge the wisdom of exploring and drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico and, for that matter, anywhere in the United States. I believe unequivocally that any loose oil in the Gulf is a danger to anyone who loves the beauty of the coast, makes their living from the Gulf, or appreciates the bounty of the Gulf.

The damage is a crime and 40 years of offshore drilling without any significant spill is evidence of how safe drilling can and should be.

The idea that we can end our use of petroleum by switching to alternative fuels is absurd. If we stopped using petroleum, most of what we have, most of what we use, and most of our technology will cease to exist.

Without petroleum we would have no plastics, computers, telecommunications, modern transportation systems, and the list goes on. Imagine without petroleum, instead of sitting at your breakfast table eating breakfast, watching TV and reading the paper, you would be naked sitting at your table with no television and no paper.

Other than electricity, sunshine, wind, geothermal, tidal motion, or nuclear power don’t produce anything.

A second important effect to discontinuing drilling is the loss of jobs for a million people along the Gulf Coast. Just because your feelings have been wounded by the oil spill, you don’t have the right to impose your bruised senses on the thousands of families who rely on the petroleum industry for home and sustenance.

Finally, a six-month moratorium on drilling will mean the loss of the expensive deep water drilling equipment that will head to Brazil to drill for oil for George Soros. It is wise to consider what you wish for before wishing, you might get it.

James Troxler


Don’t overanalyze lighthearted humor

Au contraire, Mr. Tim Sanor! I did not view as offensive the Holy Molé cartoon wherein a character is catching fish he calls “Cajun Catfish, they’re blackened before you cook ’em.” Your attitude toward a simple cartoon is one that fits perfectly with an overemphasized political correctness attitude that has gotten this country into so much trouble in recent years.

Humor has been a way to deal with troubling situations for as long as man has huddled into groups. Humor, a wonderful catharsis for troubled minds, lends a welcomed moment of respite. Humor can be categorized as lighthearted or cruel.

Cruelty jokes involve intentional, exaggerated cruelty as opposed to the Holy Molé joke that merely points to the oil spill by insinuation. All jokes require a “victim,” even the most innocent jokes.

Scholars of psychology agree that when someone bumps his head and all those around him spontaneously laugh, it is a basic, human response.

Spelled out, the bizarre reaction is caused by a sudden outburst of emotion that is actually born of how glad the “laughers” are that it was not their head getting bumped. This reflexive exercise is good because it releases what might otherwise become unhealthy suppressed emotion.

None of the “laughers” were likely glad a fellow bumped his head but they were spared most of the trauma of the moment because of the subsequent cathartic effect of laughter. In fact, the head bumper himself might join the laughter, lessening his anguish as well.

Don’t dig for vague, negative connotations when a lighthearted joke is told. Take a break from reality for a moment and laugh at a troubling situation when it is joked about.

J. Larry Adams