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ERA wouldn’t be good for women | Tuesday’s letters

Here’s what readers had to say on Tuesday.

ERA wouldn’t be good for women

Thousands of exuberant backers of the equal rights Amendment marched on congress in 1978 to plea for extension of the ratification deadlines. [Associated Press]

Time for Florida to ratify ERA | Editorial, Sept. 7

Despite what the Tampa Bay Times asserts in this editorial, the Equal Rights Amendment would offer no benefit to women; in fact, the language does not even include the word “women.” The ERA instead would enforce equality on the basis of “sex” without defining what sex means. The far-reaching consequences of Florida ratifying the ERA would be to eliminate the sex differences that favor women in schools, athletics, prisons, shelters, privacy, scholarships, set-asides, sororities, pregnancy and breast-feeding accommodations and our military forces. Does anyone think that combining men and women in prisons would benefit women?

The ERA died in 1979 for good reasons; the more Americans learned the pernicious effects of a government enforcing sex-neutrality, the more Americans oppose the ERA. It would give enormous power to the judiciary to parse the meaning of “sex” in every law. As my mother, Phyllis Schlafly, said, the ERA attempts to repeal human nature. The important differences between men and women should not be ignored.

Anne Schlafly Cori, St. Louis

The writer is chair of the Eagle Forum.

Does geography matter?

President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Washington. [EVAN VUCCI | Associated Press]

Agency assailed for defending Trump’s Hurricane Dorian claim | Sept. 8

So President Donald Trump is not a geography major. Is that an impeachable offense?

Leonard Martino, Tampa

Agency assailed for defending Trump’s Hurricane Dorian claim | Sept. 8

Executive orders

Rule No. 1: The president is never wrong.

Rule No. 2: See rule No. 1.

Tony Leisner, Tarpon Springs

What public schools need

Somerset Academy Jefferson County in Monticello, about 25 miles east of Tallahassee, is Florida’s first all-charter school district. [Jessica Bakeman | WLRN News] [WLRN]

Discipline complicates all-charter takeover | Sept. 9

Isn’t it great that our leaders in Tallahassee recognized that help was needed in Jefferson County? Raising teacher salaries, hiring more security, giving schools a facelift, $2 million in grants? Where was this help before our great leaders stepped in? Haven’t public schools across the state been asking for this same help for decades?

Rob McCoy, Tarpon Springs

Mental illness not the reason

Gov. Rick Scott

Gutless politicians won’t speak truth about guns | Column, Sept. 7

It’s fortunate that Daniel Ruth peppers his column about guns with his patented spices of humor. Otherwise, readers might well up with tears reading how intractable Sen. Rick Scott and other Republicans are at even the slightest change to gun laws. Scott repeats the patented Republican mantra that all we have to do is address the mental illness aspect. A new study published by Preventive Medicine examined the connection between mental health issues and firearm-related behaviors. The results: Most mental health issues bear little association with gun violence. The best available national data suggest that only 3 to 5 percent of violent acts are attributable to serious mental illness. That is why other countries with reasonable gun laws also have mentally ill residents, but only a fraction of our gun violence. Perhaps we can make some progress on gun violence when we elect politicians who understand the facts.

George Chase, St. Pete Beach


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