Editor: I am getting sick and tired of Desert Storm. The troops did not do anything heroic. Good press releases from the Pentagon as usual. This was not a country-to-country war. It was a conflict to get the oil back to the oil barons _ which was accomplished. (How many votes will this bring?) Also a harsh reprimand to the people in the southern states to vote the elephant or else another conflict to show who is boss.
God Bless America. What is the story on the flag? We still got one? Answer.
'Nam was a money-making conflict. Still, we lost 50,000 American boys. Desert Storm was another money conflict. Even so, we lost X-number of Americans. Why? And to further the situation, we have a number of Americans still there. Why?
Colonel Bill Regan
If you see a problem,
why not try to solve it?
Editor: This is in response to William Joseph Kontyko's column castigating Sheriff Jim Gillum.
Mr. Kontyko states that the sheriff is a key representative of the Republican Party in Pasco County. I thought he was a representative of all the people regardless of their political affiliation. He further states that "the principles of the Republican Party are founded on good government." I wonder if he is familiar with the Teapot Dome scandal during the Harding administration or the close ties of the Republican administration of Mayor William Hale Thompson with the Capone mob in Chicago.
In his book, Police Administration, O.
W. Wilson, late dean emeritus of the School of Criminology of UCLA and former superintendent of the Chicago police, states, "The only man who never makes a mistake is the one who does nothing. So long as there are police departments, there will be errors of judgment, operations that fail to turn out as planned and acts that are justifiably subject to criticism." Wilson further asserts, "Criticism may sometimes be dissipated by handing back a stiff problem to the critics for solution." In other words, let Mr. Kontyko run for sheriff if he thinks he can do a better job.
Richard E. McGoldrick
People rise above baser
instincts, do right thing
Editor: Re: "More tolerance of homosexuals will lead to better world," by Ira Youdovin.
Rabbi Youdovin must be as pleased as I am at the outcome of the debate on the issue of gay and lesbian civil rights. Every once in a while, we human beings rise above our baser instincts, listen to our inner voice of reason and do the right thing. This is what happened when the men and women on the Tampa City Council and Hillsborough County Commission enacted their anti-discrimination ordinances.
It is Bishop Favalora's right to interpret the Bible literally. However, in the context of this debate, Scripture does not apply. Ours is a secular society, open to the practices and beliefs of all religions. Our law derives from the Constitution, not from the Christian Bible. We are a democracy, not a theocracy.
It is not necessary that Bishop Favalora approve of one's sexual orientation when the issue is the protection of one's civil rights. The Bishop should understand that homosexuals are no less entitled to this protection than heterosexuals, bisexuals or asexuals. As he continues to involve himself in such controversial debate, let us all hope that Bishop Favalora learns the importance of the separation of Church and State.
New Port Richey
Reader wants prisoners
to become organ donors
Editor: Re: Capital punishment, the application of intelligence as to whether justice is being served or vengeance.
I was going to research capital punishment through history, but that would only be boring reading. Below are some common sense facts.
1. From the time a prisoner who is to be executed is taken from his cell until he is pronounced dead, he is for all practical purposes already dead.
2. At any given moment, there are good, law-abiding citizens of our country lying in hospital beds, bring pushed around in wheelchairs, living in a world of darkness, and many other less traumatic afflictions that could be cured with our surgical transplant technology.
3. I feel justice would be served if murderers to be executed would literally pay their debt to society by giving life to compensate for life taken.
4. Fact: Transplant surgery has saved many lives already, and in the bulk of cases the donor has expired from traumatic injuries.
5. Assumption: The family of a sentenced murderer would not feel such a deep guilt themselves if the family member were to have repaid for their crime by giving life to others.
6. Assumption: Families of the victim of murder should feel that justice would have been served if the murderer gave life to others rather than ceremoniously and at great expense be executed.
7. Fact: Every time we throw the switch on the electric chair in Starke, we are telling many of our unfortunate citizens, "No, you cannot have that healthy heart, lung, eye or whatever, for, in the name of justice, we must destroy the very organ (you) desperately need."
New Port Richey
need consumer support
Editor: Today I bought a pair of U.S.-made tennis shoes in the local Wal-Mart. I looked at 10 of the tennis and canvas leisure-shoe styles before I found the ones I bought. Guess where the others were made. Taiwan and Republic of China.
Two things I noticed: The Chinese-made shoe was usually less in price and cheaper in quality, especially the thickness of the sole and the support for the foot. Does that mean that poor families looking for a bargain are going to end up with fallen arches, aching feet and legs? Probably.
Sam Walton, one of America's richest entrepreneurs, built up Wal-Mart partly because years ago he was able to sell his products (many of them foreign-made) at a lower price than department stores selling mainly American-made products.
Then the other stores got into the same act and Mr. Walton started a "Buy America" campaign. I thought that was great that Mr. Walton was showing some accountability to the American shoppers who enabled him to build an empire. But I see now that he was not serious or he has changed his mind.
I know Mr. Walton, as well as other American entrepreneurs, has an interest in Chinese and other foreign imports based on his profit margin. But who has an interest in the garment workers who are losing their jobs in the U.S.? Where is the consumers' profit?
In these hard times we need to take a hard look at product labels and put our money where our hearts are _ with the American workers.
American businesses are not in China (or any poor foreign nation) out of concern for the Chinese women and children who work for less than peanuts. They are there for the cheap labor and the privilege of undercutting their U.S. competitors with lower prices. They are cheating us with poor products.
The Chinese women and children can work for peanuts for Chinese businesses. They won't be out of a job if we buy U.S.-made products. After all, they have millions of their own people who need shoes.
New Port Richey
Reader terms article
on officials "malicious'
Editor: In regard to Michael Fasano's article on the "Three Amigos."
As an American by an act of God, a conservative in my upbringing and a Republican by choice, I would like to stress to my fellow registered Republicans that Mr. Fasano does not speak for the Republican Party in his malicious attack on three county commissioners.
I want to assure the residents of Pasco County that the Republican Party members are clean, honest, intelligent and caring people. As to Fasano's calling the three commissioners "amigos," I must agree that commissioners Wells, Hildebrand and Young have been friends to the citizens of Pasco County. Together they cleaned up the sewer mess created by a former commissioner that threatened the lives of all Pasco residents and the future of our drinking water supply.
As for the veterans of Pasco County, the "Three Amigos" have created a County Veterans Service Office that went from a part-time service officer to a full-time service officer and four assistants to care for the need of the veterans of Pasco and their families, thus creating a showcase for care of the veterans.
The "Three Amigos" led the drive to create the current library system that is the root to all education and democracy. We now have beaches where we can go without traveling to another county, parks that ensure an environmental showplace for our future.
They formed and provided for our elderly, with CARES, Meals on Wheels for the shut-ins, the elderly we owe so much for the current liberties we enjoy.
Mr. Fasano and company are malefactors of the truth, who briefly lived off the taxpayers' money that provided them with such fancy cars, until the "Three Amigos" shut off their money supply. The time has come to bid Fasano and company an "Adios, Gay Caballeros," and show those that have created a Pasco County we all can be proud of _ the "Three Amigos" _ our support.
Walter B. O'Reilly
New Port Richey
Reader disturbed by
column on homosexuals
Editor: Re: Guest column by Rabbi Youdovin.
Since your paper is so far to the left, it is understandable that you would invite a liberal religious leader to write a guest column. I have no quarrel with that. You may as well stick to policy. After all, if your readers don't like it, they can always read another newspaper, right?
It's the contents of his column that disturb me. At this time in history when the major religions are attempting to unify and work together against major sins that are threatening the very roots of the United States, why would a liberal rabbi "draw lines of battle" with the Catholic Church by attacking our leader?
Homosexuality is wrong! It's against our very nature. If, as the rabbi says, people are cursed with this blight and do not acquire it through their free will, they could at least keep it hidden from "straight" people and go about their business as they have been doing forever. After all, the habitual gambler can hide his shortcomings and get and keep a good job. You read every day of the former drug addict who has turned his or her life around and is accepted by society because he or she hides the sin. But the best example is the alcoholics! Their association (AA) practices anonymity and their members are often respected leaders of the community who choose not to tell the world of their imperfection.
I sincerely hope that this article by your guest writer, Rabbi Youdovin, will not influence morally right people and that our Bishop Favalora will react in a Christian way and not be drawn into a fight with this leftist religious.
Al L. Meyer
Rudeness upsets diner
during restaurant visit
Editor: Upon arriving home from a family breakfast out in a local establishment, I remain furious from the observation of local patrons. A simple phase would describe my observation _ lack of common courtesy for restaurant service people.
I was appalled at the blatant rudeness displayed by customers toward their servers. Would it be such an imposition to treat a service worker with courtesy? Whatever happened to the words "please" or "thank you?" Simply because they are serving you for a meal does not mean that obvious rudeness should be accepted or tolerated for a few coins of change.
Many restaurant service workers make $2.01 an hour, pay 8 percent tax on gross sales and have no benefits. Just because you assume that you've "paid your dues" does not equate with rudeness. Also, the server has no control over price increases, liquor prices or happy-hour rules. Your price for food, fuel, insurance and maintenance is increasing, so does that of restaurants. Perhaps eating at home would be cheaper.
I am not involved with the restaurant business sector. I had my fill while in college. It takes only a few kind words to enhance someone else's as well as your day. Moving here from up North does not mean leave your manners behind.
Family Need Act vital
in complex society
Editor: With Mother's Day just past and Father's Day fast approaching, the U.
S. Congress is considering legislation that would be the perfect gift for American parents. The Family and Medical Leave Act would establish a national family leave policy guaranteeing American workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in connection with the birth, adoption or serious illness of a child.
As a pediatrician, I can attest that parents want to be with their children at these critical times. Furthermore, newborn and critically ill children need their parents' care to ensure optimal physical and emotional development and recovery. Unfortunately, many of today's working parents are unable to take time off from work for fear of losing their jobs.
As any parent will tell you, raising a family today is an ongoing challenge. The last thing working moms and dads should have to worry about is choosing between their child's health and their livelihood.
It would be a fitting tribute to all American families for Congress to pass, and President Bush to sign, the family leave bill. The cost of a family leave policy is low, but the value of this gift to parents and children is priceless.
pAndrew M. Gellady, M.D.
Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics