Terrorist training focus is divisive
Sheriff Bob White has introduced advanced training for his deputies. The focus of such needed advanced training is Islamic terrorists. Counter Terrorism Operation Center, led by Sam Kharoba, will conduct the training at PHCC. Mr. Kharoba apparently has been instructing law enforcement agencies on how to recognize radical Muslims for nine years. Perhaps someday someone will offer a course on how to recognize radical rapists or radical child molesters or maybe even radical Christians who kill abortion providers. Profiling is not only morally wrong, but it is ineffective.
Every person has the potential for good and every person has the potential for evil. Evil is not and must not be defined by a specific religion. We are struggling so hard as a nation to survive within our republic and verbiage such as "Muslim terrorist" does nothing but divide and give credibility to hate.
Peno Hardesty, New Port Richey
Terrorist training a positive step
I was pleased to learn that the sheriff has budgeted to train staff in ways to identify terrorists. It is a small price to pay if we are able to eventually stop a terrorist from an attack which could kill innocent people.
I am aware that many or most of the pilots who took over on 9/11 were trained in Florida. We don't want anything like that to happen again!
Robert Inslee, Dade City
Law promotes gun violence, Nov. 7 letter
Self-defense law helps cut crime
The stand-your-ground law does not promote violence. Sean Stewart was convicted of second-degree murder and faces the possibility of life in prison. The jury rejected his claim of self-defense under the stand-your-ground law.
In another case, a Tampa jury convicted Nathan McReynolds of manslaughter with a firearm despite his self-defense claim that the stand-your-ground law justified his actions. The judge immediately sentenced McReynolds to prison time.
It's also interesting to note that, according to FDLE statistics, robbery by firearm is down a whopping 19.2 percent from 2008 to 2009, aggravated assault by firearm is down 10.1 percent, and forcible rape by firearm is down 28.9 percent.
These facts fly in the face of the letter writer's one-man antigun propaganda campaign claiming that Florida's stand-your-ground self-defense laws would result in higher crime and a plethora of personal dispute shootouts. In fact, those laws put the law-abiding citizen on an even keel with criminals, allowing potential victims to stand their ground in the face of serious criminal threat. No one can count the number of crimes that have been deterred by the reality of a law-abiding armed citizenry.
Lee Hanson, Hudson
Remember Toys for Tots donation
Every year since we have gone to war I make a concerted effort to remind people that Toys for Tots is a Marine-based charity.
As American citizens it is the least we can do to help our heroes in their charitable goals while they fulfill a greater mission. Please remember that it is not only children you will be helping, but heroes at war as well.
Erika Elshoff, New Port Richey
Veterans deserve everyone's respect
On Veterans Day Thursday, we honor all those who have served our country. All of you other patriots who respect our flag, our way of life, our freedom, we honor.
War, how terrible is that word? Scars, both visible and hidden, remain for a lifetime, requiring the heavy hand of recovery from fellow Americans.
We will guide, respect, honor and pledge compassion to all military veterans.
Nancy Bisnette, Land O' Lakes