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Forgotten conflict

My husband and I greatly appreciated Howard Altman’s timely column Sept. 16 (“Soldiers in Afghanistan still need our support,” Metro).

Our son (Brian Hoffman) is a captain in the U.S. Air Force and is preparing for another deployment to Afghanistan in November.

Howard’s column really hit a nerve as to how people have put the conflict over there on a back burner.

We have many people pay us “lip service” of supporting the troops, but donating funds toward Support the Troops Inc. would really show one’s true support!

We were also naive to how many troops are still in isolated areas and in need of basic items.

So I am asking that people please consider helping this organization get the needed supplies to our men and women over there, and letting them know we still care!

Deborah Hoffman

Tampa

‘Economic slavery’

The growing income disparity in this country is largely driven by our struggling economy. President Obama’s “laser focus” and many “pivots” on this topic have not resulted in much, if any, progress in this very critical area.

The rich are getting richer due to the Federal Reserve pumping trillions into the stock market, further adding to skyrocketing and unsustainable debt. Meanwhile, the poor and middle class are losing their jobs or having their hours cut back.

What is the government response? More money printing.

The natural gas energy boom ignited by fracking has led to high employment in some states such as North Dakota, leading to surging economies in those areas.

What is the government response? Curb fracking with onerous regulations.

The price of gas at the pump has been more than $3 per gallon for more than three years and is expected to skyrocket if conditions in the Middle East escalate. The cost of gasoline impacts the cost of just about everything, further stressing family budgets.

What is the government response? Block drilling for our own oil.

Millions have traveled to our country for our excellent medical care. Fully one-sixth of our economy has boomed in the health-care field.

What is the government response? Roll out a gigantic new law with accompanying regulations.

Informed citizens realize that a true free-market economy will restart America’s economy and free millions from their current state of economic slavery.

Laura Harris

Tampa

Judge, jury, executioner

Concerning the recent letters about red-light cameras, I think it’s rather obvious red-light cameras are all about the revenue.

If red-light cameras aren’t about revenue, why wouldn’t there be an alternative to the $158 fine, such as a $10 safe-driving class on a Saturday?

Of course, then the camera company and the government would not make any money. And to stifle any appeals, add a huge court cost if you lose. Judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one.

The sad part is, red-light cameras do nothing for the deadly crashes at intersections. These people totally missed the light for whatever reason, and a camera will have zero bearing on the outcome.

The ones who do get a ticket in the mail are those pushing a yellow light or who are caught waiting to turn and are late getting out of the intersection.

If being told your wife has an hour to live isn’t a good enough reason, what would be?

F. M. Younglove

Brandon

The price of silence

Regarding “The pulpit should be free of politics” (Views, Sept. 15):

I would like to relate that the British would have loved that rule at the founding of our nation, as do all tyrants. The British called the pastors “the black-robed regiment.”

These pastors were strong in their opinions from the pulpit and were vital in the winning of our freedom from the tyrannical reign of King George.

It’s no wonder the First Amendment to the Constitution was to protect religion from government control. Our founding fathers knew the power of the pulpit in keeping us free. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This was not freedom from religion, but freedom of religion.

Why are some letter writers afraid of the pulpit? Is it that someone would have a different opinion than them?

As to Betty Dobson of Brooksville who fears opinion from the Catholic Church and wants to contact the IRS (“Tax exemption on line,” Your Views, Sept. 18), I say call them!

The law on the books relating to the IRS is unconstitutional and has never been challenged in the courts. This “law” was an add-on to another bill by Democrat L.B Johnson. He wanted to punish a nonprofit organization for challenging his candidacy. It was never debated.

The unintended consequence was that it also affected religious organizations.

Silence the pulpit — welcome the tyranny!

Susan Anderson

Trinity

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