Editor: Detective suspended for racial remarks. I thought I had just about heard it all, but I must say I'm a bit taken aback by this article.
Doesn't our Sheriff's Office have more to do than this? As I read this article it reminded me of when my daughter was growing up, and she would come home crying, someone had hurt her feelings, and I had to kiss away the hurt. But these are grown and mature men who put their lives on the line every time they put on a uniform, walk down the street or get in their vehicles. A police officer, no matter what department or police force he or she is in, has a much greater chance of dying from being shot or disabled by a thug than dying from being called boy or Negro. Give the taxpayers of this county a break!
If this article is true, then let me vent my view on another word or phrase. I'm a progressive brother. This to me is very racist. This is saying to me, to hell with you, white boy. Oh, there is that word again. I'm going to protect my race.
So you see how this plays a message to the public. All involved should be punished, not just one. The one who made the remark, the one who tattled and both black officers who put their personal feelings above the welfare of the citizens they represent.
As the old saying goes, never send a boy to do a man's job, and this is not a racial remark, this is reality. This goes for all races. Grow up, guys. All involved are beating a dead horse. The color of one's skin does not make a man.
Mrs. Florence Freudenkstein,
Some words are not slurs
Editor: An article appeared in the Pasco Times on June 20 that shows just how ridiculous we have become on racial slurs.
A deputy faces suspension and was reassigned for calling a black officer a "Negro." What is racial about the word "Negro?" Webster's dictionary says, "Ne-gro, n, a member of any of the indigenous, dark-skin people of Africa, or a person having some African ancestors."
If these two black detectives are so sensitive that the word "Negro" offends them, how do they handle their undercover narcotic work where the niceties of life do not even exist?
If our educated blacks are going to be offended by a word like "Negro," I suggest they do away with the ad, "Support the Negro College of Your Choice," and definitely get rid of the NAACP because "CP" stands for "colored people."
Loosen up, men. It is trash like this that keeps the racial fires burning. By the way, every time I hear the phrase "African-American" I want to ask for their naturalization papers. The same goes for Cuban-American, Italian-American, etc. I am a Native American, and I am not an American Indian.
Kathryn L. Robinson, Holiday
Patrolling keeps crime away
Editor: You have written some remarks in regard to Sheriff Lee Cannon's work here in Pasco County. The latest was your editorial on "Patrolling the Pussycat not efficient for tight budget" on June 11. Your comments seemed to be aimed at trying to ignite a spark with some of our county commissioners to believe that Sheriff Cannon is wasting our law enforcement budget. I can't help but to ask, do you and your family live here in West Pasco County? Do you truly believe that if we look the other way the possibilities of immoral behavior will just go away? Even when it is right in our back yards? For you to imply that a few hours of a detective's time is a waste of our budget money by Sheriff Cannon is ridiculous. Of course, the neighboring businesses of the Pussycat Lounge have not had any problems! They have had the advantages of two law enforcement agencies to keep it that way.
You and some of our county commissioners are always saying show us data, show us statistics. It seems to me all you need is common sense to realize that without the presence of law enforcement, situations can get out of control very quickly. If a detective can step over a boundary line and prevent or stop any type of misconduct in or outside of the Pussycat Lounge, then I think that it is beneficial to all of Pasco County.
Lou Clegg, New Port Richey
Inmate does not deserve hugs
Editor: Really, give us a break! After reading the story about Johnathan Grimshaw being severely depressed because he can't have visits with his mom and fiancee, what about the family of Mildred Boroski? What did this poor soul do to deserve to be murdered? Where are her hugs?
I can speak from experience, because I am the mother who lost her daughter at 16 years old because three punks, high on sniffing glue, decided to take her life. What kind of jail sentence did they get? One and a half years and out walking the streets of New Jersey, and worse drug addicts than before.
Judge Villanti made the right decision and I respect judges like him. Murder is murder any way you look at it. There is a God in heaven and we all have to face him some day. Johnathan doesn't need to be pampered. He needs to work on making things right with God.
Marie D'Alessio, Holiday
Judge made right decision
Editor: Your June 15 article about Johnathan Grimshaw who is depressed because he can't hug his mother and fiancee. I can't imagine a girl in her right mind wanting to hug a punk such as this.
How about Mildred Boroski? Don't you think she would like to hug some of her relatives and friends? Hug her bowling ball and throw a few strikes at Lane Glo with her friends, which she enjoyed so much?
How about all the senior citizens who are living alone, worrying about if something like this could happen to them? What bothers me the most is no one is learning a lesson from all of this. This is not the first time that seniors have been attacked by teens.
Congratulations to Judge Craig Villanti for his correct decision.
J. Gaudet, New Port Richey