Letters to the Editor: Trayvon Martin, internet access and headed for catastrophe

Trayvon Martin

Isn't Sanford lucky to have theRev. Al Sharptonsticking his nose in the city's latest controversy?

While the events surrounding the recent loss of life must surely be investigated, the last thing needed is for Sharpton to be involved. It's no secret the man causes more harm than good in everything he has ever horned in on. His forte is to play the race card and to create divisiveness wherever he goes.

Let's not forget the Duke University lacrosse-team rape debacle, where Sharpton was guilty of a tragic rush to accuse and an obscene failure to verify serious allegations. Perhaps even more despicable was his un-Christianlike refusal to apologize after the young men were proved innocent.

Pathetically boorish behavior for anybody, but particularly for a preacher. Trayvon Martin's family may welcome Sharpton's involvement now, but they will rue the day he ever opened his mouth on their behalf.

Ronald D. Carmony Sebring

Paul F. Foulsham, in his Monday letter to the editor, sounded very much as if he thought Trayvon Martin was responsible for his own death because he chose to wear a hood. The reason for his death in one word is: gun. Florida gun laws are such that no one is safe anymore. The "Stand Your Ground" law is an invitation for anyone to open fire for any reason and then cry "self defense."

Kathleen S. Kirby DeLand

I found Darryl Owens' column, "Here's why people are so angry over Trayvon's death," on Saturday misguided. I doubt the reason most people are upset over Trayvon Martin's death was because he is black and his shooter is white. Surely, there are some who are so shallow that they, in every circumstance, have difficulty seeing beyond skin color.

Nevertheless, I think the reason most good people are outraged is because a 17-year-old boy was needlessly and violently killed. The media are beating the race drum, not the boys' parents or the people.

All justice-loving people want justice. My outrage would not be less or more if the boy were white and the shooter, black. Race is irrelevant. Martin's blood was as red as my son's, and I want justice for his bloodshed, as I would want for my son's.

Gordon M. Johnson Geneva

Misguided kids might find direction in the military

Recently, while watching an MSNBC show of homeless young people living on the streets of Los Angeles, I was left sick at my stomach.

What a waste of life these misguided kids are following, panhandling for drug money, sleeping wherever they can find some form of shelter, exchanging needles for clean ones and then washing up in toilet bowls as they prepare to inject these drugs into their bodies for a momentary high.

Now reflecting back: Some 70 years ago, our young people were lining up to fight for their country, and we on the home front were proud of our sons and daughters.

The military still offers every advantage young people could hope to attain, and after serving their country, an education awaits, and then they could ask, how high is up? A much more rewarding high.

The abyss of degeneration of young Americans could spell the decline of everything the 20th century fought and died for if we fail to come to our senses before it's too late.

Robert L. Kemp Kissimmee

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