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St. Petersburg protest leader needs to explain anti-Semitic remarks | Letters

Here’s what readers are saying in Tuesday’s letters to the editor.

Mr. Gland has some explaining to do

Meet St. Pete’s accidental protest leader, who found he has something to say | June 28

To Terron Gland: When I saw the article about you in today’s Tampa Bay Times, I read it eagerly. I spent two weeks with you on the march and had come to admire you, though I never once had a chance to speak to you in person. That was because I am 78-years old and terrified that I might catch the virus. During the two weeks that I drove as part of the caravan, I admired your energy and commitment. I identified with you because I’ve had a nearly lifelong commitment to the cause of police reform and social justice.

Today, to my surprise, I read that you had hurled anti-Semitic and homophobic insults at the police. Why would you do that if your goal is social justice and unity? I’m Jewish and anti-Semitism is the plague Jews have lived with for 2,000 years. It is the Jewish curse, a threat to our physical survival.

I protested when a Jewish friend claimed that Black Lives Matter was anti-Semitic. I came to your defense by checking with the Jewish watchdog agency, the Anti-Defamation League, which assured me that BLM was not anti-Semitic. I checked the BLM website. No hint of anti-Semitism.

Yet here it is in a local social justice movement. I’m surprised that the newspaper portrait of you plays up your Horatio Alger rise from poverty and crime to hero of social justice. I’d like you to be a hero, but first you owe a public apology to all the Jews and gay people you’ve offended.

Richard Damashek, St. Petersburg

Voting would be a good start

Terron Gland is 32-years old, has never voted in a local or state election, but is considered a leader? Perhaps he should heed the words of Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who told the protesters in her city: “If you want change in America, go and register to vote! Show up at the polls. ... That is the change we need in this country.”

Joseph Brown, Tampa

Removing foster child was bad idea

Judge orders removal of 3-year-old boy from Pasco foster mom who agreed to adopt him | June 25

I was heartbroken to read that the foster mom for this adorable little boy was denied her adoption request. I was in a similar situation. The courts kept saying, “We will do what’s in the best interest of the child.” When adoption finally came, my financials were scrutinized with a fine tooth comb.

Why was this other foster parent in the Pasco case given the child when she had no income? Did she just want the extra money from the state for taking care of a third foster child? This certainly was not done in the best interest of the child.

Karen Cox, Dunedin

... really bad

The “justice system” in the United States is totally brain dead.

Matthew Leonard, St. Petersburg

Law enforcement officers need more training

Previously unreleased video shows Pasco County deputies shooting unarmed man | June 27

The shooting of Jerry Dwight Brown by sheriff’s deputies and the subsequent stamp of approval by the Pasco sheriff and Pasco authorities clearly underscores how serious is the failure of our law enforcement department to follow the law and maintain public trust. We must send all officers back for training because the old school is killing people.

Donald Lee, Seminole

Another opinion on police interactions

Once people stop resisting arrest, tragic shootings will likely end. Parents should teach their children well and at a young age, to obey police officers. In the meantime, the current epidemic of disrespect for the law, is out of control and making it next to impossible for the police to do their job.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater