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When you bring a gun to an argument | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
David H. Berry, 44, was arrested by Clearwater Police for a July incident, the agency said Friday. Berry threatened to shoot someone for blocking his driveway, court documents say.
David H. Berry, 44, was arrested by Clearwater Police for a July incident, the agency said Friday. Berry threatened to shoot someone for blocking his driveway, court documents say. [ The Clearwater Police Department ]
Published Aug. 11

Only in America

Throw the book at Florida man who used a rifle to settle a parking dispute | Editorial, Aug. 9

The Times editorial is timely and highlights how our country has evolved. Thankfully, no was shot in the July incident. It seems every day in the United States, someone is shot or murdered because a gun was used to settle a dispute. Just last week a 23-year-old McDonald’s worker died days after being shot by a man whose mom complained that her fries were cold. You can’t make up these tragic incidents. The common theme is “only in America.”

Neil J. Armstrong, Parrish

They are not special

Religious school will get funds after all | Aug. 9

Religious organizations and schools seem to want all the programs the federal government sponsors through tax dollars collected by members of all and no religions without adhering to the principles of our country’s founding fathers. The Constitution calls for the government to respect all religions but favor no one, affiliated with religion or not. In this instance, the school is requesting federal funds to feed pupils but refuses to adhere to federal guidelines for receiving the money. Aside from my issues of providing any tax funding to religious organizations, it would seem better for the school to use its own funds for its own pupils. If they require food assistance, arrangements can be made for them to attend the public school or for food banks to supply the meals. Alternatives exist. This is another instance of a religious organization refusing to comply with a rule on the grounds they are “special.”

Cathy R. Haggerty, Clearwater

We have checks and balances

How Florida politicians are reacting to FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago | Aug. 9

I am dismayed to hear that our top Florida politicians, Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott and Gov. Ron DeSantis, are likening the Mar-a-Lago search to a Gestapo raid or as something that happens in Marxist dictatorships or banana republics. Unlike authoritarian regimes, the United States has checks and balances. A court must find probable cause of a crime before the FBI can conduct a search. The fact that nobody is above the law, even a president, proves that we are not a banana republic and makes me proud to be an American. As a registered Republican, I am embarrassed to hear these leaders’ comments. For the sake of our country, they should moderate their language.

James Andrus, Pinellas Park

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