Help Zimmerman cope
The continuing news about George Zimmerman and his run-ins with the law give me pause. When a person is charged with a crime and found not guilty — but remains a target of attention — steps should be taken to help that individual cope with the consequences of the state's actions.
He appears to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and may need counseling. There is no benefit to anyone to allow Zimmerman to spiral downward, except those who use these situations to make money or advance their cause. Society would be well-served to help him — and those charged but found not guilty — to deal with the consequences of the judicial system, and rebuild their lives.
Zimmerman's parents should help him move to an area in the country, or another country, where he can live in peace. And he should stay away from guns. He has paid a high-enough price for the freedom to carry or own a gun. Let others carry on.
William H. Meek Longwood
Poor water quality compromises future
This past Saturday many conservation organizations sponsored a clean-water summit at the University of Florida.
More than 300 people representing 30-plus environmental organizations from throughout Florida attended the conference and workshop to formulate a plan to address deteriorating water quality and declining water in many Florida springs and lakes.
I urge every person to take a close look at local lakes and springs and view the algae blobs and algae growing on the aquatic plants.
The green floating algae is the most offensive and is becoming quite prevalent, especially during the summer in many waterways. Lake Apopka and Lake Jesup are good examples of rampant algae bloom.
Algae is a byproduct of excessive fertilizer and other chemicals in our waterways, and eventually it will kill or diminish many forms of wildlife.
The fact that so many people representing conservation organizations all over Florida attended the summit indicates to me that Florida's pristine waterways are under great duress.
Excessive fertilizer and water depletion are contributing to this calamity, and if people don't acknowledge and try to reverse the trend, then the future of Florida as a vacation paradise will look pretty bleak.
Marvin Bennett Jr. Orlando
Reader not sorry for opposing Obamacare
I had to read Susan Whigham's My Word column, "No apologies — Obamacare works," in Sunday's Sentinel to determine whether it was satire or serious. Unfortunately, she was serious.
Apparently, as long as she gets what is good for her, she has no concern for the millions of people, many with chronic, life-threatening diseases, whose policies may be canceled and others whose premiums are being doubled and tripled because their policies must include coverage for services they'll never need.
Where in our Constitution is the government allowed to dictate what kind of health care private citizens can choose?
Whigham saw no need for President Obama to apologize for the blatant lie he told regarding Americans keeping their health care or the lie he told to cover that lie. Obama and his train wreck of Obamacare have divided this country as no other president has.
As an unrelenting critic of this unconstitutional and socialistic takeover of a private industry, I am forever unapologetic in my opposition, and I will do all I can to support the people who are trying to stop this disaster and return health care to the American people.
Richard Pluth Casselberry
Errors just routine for the government
I am a retired engineer who worked in the defense industry for many years. The past 15 years, I was involved in the procurement and acquisition process for military systems and products.
During this time, I witnessed fiasco after fiasco of contractually insufficient, faulty, substandard and even shoddy products being delivered to the government. A majority of these contracts were under the aegis of Republican presidential administrations and/or Republican members of Congress campaigning for their respective states/districts.
The apparent bungling and errors associated with the development and implementation of the health-care website are, unfortunately, a routine part of the government procurement and acquisition process.
I think this says much more about the politically charged nature of the subject (health care) and the political climate in the country at large, than the nature and/or severity of the errors made in the introduction of the Affordable Care Act and the website itself.
David Sekac Orlando
Better left unsaid
Norman Moss, a self-described small person, wrote in his letter on Nov. 12 that he cannot conceive of a large person being bullied. Very sad, as it is a tragically simple concept.
Doubling down, he adds that all the attendant media attention leaves him speechless. Would only that he were.
Brian Brownell Longwood
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