From Dwight Howard to human rights, readers have a wide array of questions, insights and gripes.
Scott, can you tell our Orange County government that it's time to protect gay and unmarried couples and our families with the domestic-partner registry? Joe
Sure can, Joe. Do it, Mayor Jacobs and commissioners. Other Florida counties already have. Mayor Buddy Dyer says Orlando will, too. Simply put: Government shouldn't be an obstacle to loved ones tending to their private affairs — in hospital rooms, on deathbeds or anywhere else. This is something both social progressives and small-government conservatives can support.
Scottie, Scottie, Scottie, I do not give a [expletive] what you think of the governor. I know the governor does not give a [expletive] either … You are a fun little guy to read, Scottie, but I do wish you would update your picture, the present one is getting quite old and totally boring! Cliff
Cliff, your decision to mix anger with a pet name and photo request is a little creepy.
Mr. Maxwell, I'm hoping that you would write one of your great and inspiring pieces asking Dwight Howard to stay. Emanuel
OK, here it goes: Stay, Dwight. L.A. may have glitz. But we have lower taxes, Park Avenue and Johnny's Fillin' Station. Plus, you'll always be a bigger deal here in Orlando. Just ask Shaq.
Mr. Maxwell, I very much enjoyed your column today ["We all pay for Magic's costly payroll"]. A society that pays its sports players that kind of money — in relation to what we're willing to pay our cops and schoolteachers — well, we are a sick society. And I guess we get what we paid for. Mr. Gaskins
Hmm. OK, Dwight, I still want you to stay. But if you could throw a few bucks to our cops and teachers, that'd be cool, too.
Great article. ["Gun law costs you money, tramples rights"]. What makes me most ticked is the legal expense you and I will pay to litigate this silly legislation. Don't they have better things to spend our money on? Steve
You'd think, Steve. Plus, I'll bet you a cup of coffee (or a box of 12-gauge shells) that taxpayers will lose defending this dog of a law. Even the Legislature's own analysts said trying to ban doctors from freely talking with patients about guns was constitutionally suspect.
Mr. Maxwell, I take issue with your column. Doctors should practice medicine, NOT ask me about my guns. Betty
Well, Betty, they're probably not asking you about your guns — unless you're showing signs of violent, psychopathic behavior or you have new children in your house.
As a gun owner (and NRA member for over 40 years), I agree with you that a doctor should be able to have a discussion with a patient concerning gun ownership. And I will let [NRA leader Marion] Hammer and the other leaders in this state know. However, I also believe that the good that the NRA has provided for this country far outweighs the bad. So I will continue to support the NRA, but I will also point out the weaknesses to our leaders as well. David
Fair enough, David.
Why aren't you paying Colombian flower growers a fair wage? Anonymous caller
Me??? I certainly should. So I tried to figure out why I wasn't. Turns out a labor-rights group wanted activists to protest the CEO of a national floral company … and accidentally distributed my cell number instead. Si se puede!
Good afternoon Scott. Great article today ["Legislators ignoring Florida's rampant corruption cost you money"]. Maybe one day we can have a 10-20-Life law for the those paying and those taking bribes of any kind. Orlando Bum
Aside from the potential prison-crowding that would create, you make a good point. As a society, we're much tougher on those who steal a $200 TV than we are on elected officials who mess around with millions of tax dollars.
You're simply another economic illiterate writing for a dinosaur industry. I can't believe I subscribe to this mullet wrapper that publishes your idiotic opinion. Dave
Golly, Dave, you didn't even cushion the blow with a photo request.
You're the reason I still get the Sentinel, though my husband gets it for the comics. Margaret
Thanks, Margaret. Oh, and tell your husband there are a lot of similarities between some of the politicians I write about and the characters he sees in the funnies. Heck, if you combined Dagwood's gluttony with Hagar's ambition, you'd have yourself a future state House speaker.
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