Textbook saga a lesson on leaders | May 13 C.T. Bowen column
Educators should control education
The column was spot on. Perfectly describes the political game playing. The column spoofs reality but gets to the point of needing a career educator in the superintendent's office, not career politicians. What is less useless than a career politician?
Next on our collective agenda should be switching Pasco to an appointed superintendent. Keep up the good work in telling it like it is.
Roger Smith, Port Richey
Malnourished horses seized | May 11 article
Have compassion for these animals
What kind of Sheriff's Office do we have? They knew about this for two and a half years, and a horse has to die before they step in? That's outrageous. And now the horses have been "rescued," only to be fattened up and sent to auction to pay for the cost of the investigation?
What do we pay taxes for? Since when does the victim of a crime have to pay for the investigation? And these victims (horses) will probably pay with their lives. All because an uncaring human couldn't or wouldn't feed her horses, and now the Sheriff's Office needs to be reimbursed for doing its job.
Where is the mercy? Where are the horse rescue groups?
Kathleen Knestrick, Holiday
Bilirakis opposes our civil liberties
Gus Bilirakis remains in Congress solely due to his name recognition and the continued pandering to seniors and veterans begun by his father three decades ago.
Yet when it come to government's No. 1 responsibility, protecting our unalienable rights enshrined in the Constitution, Bilirakis has consistently voted against the Bill of Rights.
He has voted for extensions to the Patriot Act, which allows, among other things, agents to write their own search warrants. The founders' disgust with Britain included this very thing, then called Writs of Assistance.
Since December, Gus has voted for the military arrest and indefinite detention of American citizens in the U.S. under sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act. These sections violate our legal protections under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth amendments.
He has voted to infringe upon the right to assemble and protest under HB 347/SB 1794, and two weeks ago he voted "yes'' to government control of the Internet with CISPA.
Mr. Bilirakis, in rejecting the legacy of our founders, framers and ratifiers deserves to be voted out in the upcoming election. While the current chances of this are very small, it is never too late to start looking for someone with a greater respect for the Bill of Rights to replace him.
I am the state director for Florida Tenth Amendment Center. For information, florida.tenthamendmentcenter.com or facebook.com/FloridaTenth AmendmentCenter or FL10th Amendment on twitter.com.
Andrew Nappi, Hudson