Water safety classes may stay | Oct. 8 article
Tax cuts must not sacrifice children
If we look at all the things we have and all the things we want or do not have, what is more important than our children? They are our future. They are the stuff America will be built upon after we are gone. What are we leaving them? In this time of tax cuts and bailouts, I wonder.
We need to start paying attention to what is important in this country — our kids! Tax cut what you want, the children should come first. We have lost our priorities.
If tomorrow morning I wake up and see in the paper that taxation has ended, thank you.
If I wake up and see it will affect the kids, sorry, can't do it.
The Rev. James Marsh, Spring Hill
Domestic violence cannot be ignored | Oct. 2 guest column
Victims can be women or men
JoAnne Clay's article on domestic violence ignored the fact that domestic violence is not a gender issue. If we, as a society, are going to advance and see both sexes as equal, then Ms. Clay's way of thinking has to be changed.
As a man who suffered physical, mental and emotional abuse at the hands of a woman, I know firsthand that there are women who are violent and abusive.
Unfortunately, these women hope for judges who think like Ms. Clay. These women not only try to ruin their spouses' lives, but many seek custody of their children solely for the tax-free, unaccountable monthly check, and when they are granted custody they continue their cycle of violence toward their children.
Bad parents and bad people come in both sexes.
Joe W. Morrison Jr., Orlando
Escaping violence harder for women
I am sure you have been contacted by many men who claim to be victims of domestic violence. While I cannot discount their experience because I do not know them, I can say it is inherently more difficult for a woman attempting to leave an abusive situation than it is for a man. I know it was for me.
I have had to listen to the borderline chauvinistic responses from law enforcement and the legal system players. I had to listen to the judge on my case tell me that since I knew my ex was abusive before I conceived our child, that I am the one to blame and therefore I just need to deal with it.
We are a long way from equality for the sexes. Domestic violence is something that primarily affects women. And the legal system is a long way from dealing with this effectively.
Jennifer Dotson, Orange City
Automated phone menus inefficient
Doesn't anybody answer the phone? I am beginning to resent — no, hate — our electronic age. At first it seems very efficient, but then reality creeps in. There is no such thing as personal service when you make a call to a business. You listen to an annoying menu, which usually does not fit your question or problem.
Then you go to a sub-menu that still does not fit, until finally you get switched to a human being. You explain your question/problem and the human says, "I will connect you," and you get someone's voice mail. You finally surrender and talk to this machine that promises a return call, and it never comes.
Not only are they annoying and driving away their customers, but we are losing jobs to these little electronic monsters.
This happens in all phases of business: medical offices, banks, businesses, even the telephone company. What happened to phone etiquette?
My advice: Turn off the machine and answer the phone!
Robert J. Ryan, New Port Richey