At their mercy
Regarding "St. Cloud man charged in fatal shooting on I-4" (July 1):
Even though stricter gun-control laws may not have prevented Fred Turner Jr.'s tragic and untimely death, our nation is long overdue for the passage of such a bill. The only way to help keep guns out of the hands of crazed individuals is through universal background checks on every gun purchase.
Each one of us is at the mercy of those who are hell-bent on solving their differences with a gun. We, too, can be wrongly targeted by being in the wrong place and at the wrong time.
JoAnn Lee Frank
"America, America! God shed His grace on thee."
Our great nation has been very blessed by God's grace. The recent Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act may redefine the last verses of our anthem, "America, America! May God thy gold refine..."
Aside from being the fundamental institution of civilization, marriage has been a sacrament between a man and a woman for thousands of years. A civil union between couples is one thing - marriage, another. Who are we to think we can change the definition of marriage?
We should call to mind what happened to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and strive for the sanctity of marriage, "Till all success be nobleness And every gain divine."
In the aftermath of the disclosure that the NSA was monitoring phone calls and emails in order to prevent another 9/11, our allies - Germany, France, etc. - are condemning us and accusing us of infringing on their privacy.
And along with these countries we have our very own ACLU joining in on the mob to lynch America.
I am not one of President Obama's supporters, but I have to tell him that standing up and telling the rest of the world that they would do the same thing is one of his proudest moments.
The hypocrisy of these nations, which have benefited from the sacrifices of Americans throughout the ages, is without a doubt one of the worst acts of diplomatic tyranny America has ever experienced.
I salute President Obama for standing up and telling our supposed allies that they are not our friends. So let these so-called friends fend for themselves. Let's pull our troops out of Germany, France and wherever in the world we are protecting their fragile democracies. No more sharing intelligence with these nations. Let them fend for themselves, especially nations such as France, whose population has been so infiltrated by Islam that democracy may be a faded dream.
Stand tall, Mr. President. We do not need to apologize for trying to protect the world.
On behalf of Florida's court clerks and comptrollers across the state we congratulate Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford for receiving the Legislator of the Year Award at our annual conference this past month.
Not only do we thank Weatherford for his support, I want to personally thank him for being a true representative of our community. He is the perfect example of a lawmaker who listens to his constituency and takes our concerns to Tallahassee to make our communities and state a better place.
I went to him with a very important issue for Floridians, and he listened to just how important a change in how the state funds the clerk of courts would allow our local offices to reach a level of sustainability and stability that we haven't had in years. He also understood how this change would allow Floridians to continue to have access to their local clerk's office and the vital services we provide for them each day.
We appreciate Weatherford's leadership in the negotiations that returned our funding back to the days prior to 2009, allowing us to continue to do our constitutional duty to serve Floridians. This legislative change was critical for a more efficient court system in Florida.
We are so grateful to the speaker for his support this past session, and I am thankful for his friendship.
Paula S. O'Neil
The writer is clerk of the circuit court and comptroller for Pasco County. She recently was named president of Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers for 2013-14.