Reader says, think again

Editor:

A recent letter to the editor claimed the current administration is a threat to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four basic human freedoms. In what way? I challenge your readers to point out what this president has done to restrict. 1) freedom of speech; rather, he has protected it; seems more people are freely expressing their views, even to excess 2) restrict freedom of worship; again, he is protecting it. Who has he taken this freedom from? 3) freedom from want; I’d say the lowest unemployment in 50 years (particularly among minorities), a roaring economy, millions fewer on food stamps and a middle-class tax cut are all evidence of his success on this freedom. 4) freedom from fear; what could be more helpful than to preserve all of Americans’ rights, not just these, by securing the border from invasion and having a strong military? Make me feel safer. I think this president is the strongest advocate of these four freedoms we have seen in a long time.

James Beach

Venice

Doesn’t agree

with Sun editorial

Editor:

Your opposition to Amendment 13 states that those against the amendment allege that greyhound racing is humane, and that there aren’t enough adoption options for the thousands of greyhounds now racing. Had you done a minimal amount of investigation, you would have learned that both allegations are false.

Greyhounds are confined to small cages for most of their racing lives. If you know anything at all about dogs, how could you consider this to be anything but inhumane? On average, a greyhound dies every third day on a Florida track. Others routinely suffer from serious injuries like broken legs, drugging, heat exhaustion, head trauma, broken backs, etc. If this is not inhumane, then what is?

There is a national network of greyhound adoption groups eagerly awaiting the end of racing in Florida, and there is little doubt that all of the dogs will be placed in loving homes.

Finally, you state that “Regardless, a dog racing ban could be enacted by the legislature. Or not. But that’s the proper venue.” It is precisely because of the failure of the Legislature to act responsibly that voters should seize this opportunity to end these cruel spectacles. A YES vote on Amendment 13 is a vote against animal cruelty, plain and simple.

Facts matter, and readers deserve better than a “he said, she said” editorial with not even a cursory look at the facts.

Stewart David

Venice

Vote ‘yes’ on 13

Editor:

Amendment 13, an amendment to phase out the cruelty of greyhound racing and give greyhounds the second chance they deserve, will appear on the November ballot.

Public opposition to dog racing has increased over the years due to humane concerns. Greyhounds are confined in warehouse-style kennels in rows of stacked metal cages that are barely large enough to stand up or turn around. The dogs are given shredded paper or carpet remnants for bedding and are normally confined for 20 to 23 hours per day.

According to the records of the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, on average, a racing greyhound dies every three days in our state.

So far, greyhounds have won the support of a record number of endorsers from republicans and democrats, from civic groups, local animal shelters and rescue groups, animal welfare organizations, local businesses, current and former state and federal lawmakers, news organizations, a church and two Florida Constitution Revision Commissioners.

GREY2K USA, which has led the fight against greyhound racing, shares sponsorship of this historic measure with The Humane Society of the United States and the Doris Day Animal League.

For more details regarding the plight of greyhound racing dogs, your readers should visit www.grey2kusa.org.

Voting “yes” on Amendment 13 will spare greyhound dogs confinement in small cages, eliminate greyhound racetrack injuries, stop greyhound racetrack drug abuse and stop greyhound racing deaths. I strongly urge your readers vote “yes” on Amendment 13 on Nov. 6.

Ron Wentworth

Nokomis

Go against the norm

Editor:

Let’s start a new. Yes, I am tired of the same old same old where nothing really changes. How about something new?

Rick Scott and Bill Nelson are running unopposed, Coke or Pepsi? A write-in for David Weeks for Senate just may be the change we need to see. I think I will have a Sprite!

Sandra Donnellan

Venice

Schools and media

to blame for divide

Editor:

Many of our educational institutions are hotbeds of divisiveness, insulators of the ideology professed by the liberal left. They are safe havens for students too fragile to discuss alternative points of view. Free speech is nullified. Students are sissified, need advance warning for emotional upset, and demand “safe spaces” to further isolate themselves. Any challenge to this is often met with a militant brand of political activism, including anger and violence. This has radiated into adult politics.

Students are miseducated, and it is no wonder they are less prepared than ever for the real world. Sadly, they are our future.

Rampant with hyperbole, the mass media also escalates our divisiveness. Mindlessly partisan, bereft of self-discipline, they prey on the naivety of their audience.

Manipulative, emphasizing exaggerated claims or rumors, they stir up fear and hatred.

Ideologically aligning themselves against our president, they try to delegitimize him with incendiary reporting. Never has there been more vilification of a sitting president. And with close to 63 million people who voted for him, you wonder why we are a divided nation?

Look no further than the political indoctrination being embraced by these two important social institutions.

Bill Bittay

Venice

Vote ‘yes’

for extension

Editor:

North Port is bounded on the north by the 24,000 acre Carlton Reserve, on the west by 6,400 acre Deer Prairie Creek Preserve. Yet these two large swaths of native land remain mostly invisible with limited public access.

The Legacy Trail extension, if approved by county voters on Tuesday’s ballot, will promote healthy lifestyles and safety for cyclists and pedestrians. It includes at least $2 million to improve visibility, access, use, and enjoyment of these two large nature areas for North Port residents.

Funds could be used for trail surface improvements and amenities along the South Power Line Trail in the Carlton Reserve, and facilitate access to 80 miles of cross country cycling or hiking trails, including a 12 mile connector to Myakka River State Park.

DPCP is jointly owned by the county and Southwest Florida Water Management District, which recently agreed in principle to support a paved path through the Preserve, allowing a more Legacy Trail-like experience. Funds could build bridges within DPCP, enable access to Warm Mineral Springs (a feature destination), and West Price Blvd to the city’s trail network.

The path for these trails are in the approved North Port and county bicycle and pedestrian plans.

The Legacy Trail extension establishes a multi use trail connecting the cities of Sarasota, Venice, North Port, and neighborhoods in between. There is much for North Port to gain. I urge readers to vote “yes.”

Roger Normand

Sarasota

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