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Letters to the editor: Forum rules questioned

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Forum rules questioned

In regard to today’s gubernatorial candidate forum to be conducted by the Florida Press Association and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, a candidate must belong to a party that has at least 5 percent of the registered voters in Florida. This makes it impossible for any candidate other than those from the two major parties to join the forum, as Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie pointed out in his letter to the organizers.

The duty of the press is to seek truth and provide a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media formats and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness, honesty and integrity. As such, journalism becomes a sacred trust in which the public accepts information as the truth and holds journalists responsible for upholding it.

How does the press show enlightenment with its limited vision beyond the two major parties? How does it serve the public with thoroughness, honesty and integrity when it leaves out Wyllie? I am disgusted by the press’ intent to not only violate its journalistic oath but doing so during a time when the Democrats and Republicans have lost the trust of the American people. They are hungry for information about alternatives.

Caren Oeseburg

Tampa

Hobby Lobby ramifications

The unfortunate and misguided Hobby Lobby ruling may presently be limited, but it opens the door for intrusion into health care decisions.

Let’s run some scenarios. A woman with painful ovarian cysts or irregular or heavy menstruation isn’t covered for birth control pills, a common treatment for these problems. A person in need of a blood transfusion is not covered because the company owned by Jehovah’s Witnesses thinks this is wrong by their beliefs. A particular business “belief” is that the world is getting overpopulated, so the business won’t cover prenatal and pediatric care. These beliefs would be legitimized by this ruling.

People stating that this ruling is just about religious freedom versus personal choices are at the very least demonstrating knowledge deficits and a very simplistic, short-sighted view. Businesses may cover some forms of birth control despite their beliefs, but this is a moot point. It forces religious beliefs on others and potentially prevents or limits legitimate medical treatments.

It is sad that people don’t think ahead about the potential ramifications that this ruling can lead to.

Steve Campbell

Wesley Chapel

Return of Ottoman Empire?

Thank you for the June 28 Other Views, “World War I: A war too easy to forget — but it shouldn’t be.” Having done a senior essay regarding this time period, I think this is an era that should be taught much more in depth in history classes.

Literature lovers might note that C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien fought in World War I. Tolkien lost all but one of his high school friends to the war. Lewis’ best friend in his unit was killed, and he cared for his mother. These experiences drive the plots of their wonderful works of literature.

The Ottoman Empire lost in World War I and was dismantled. Southern Europe had been enslaved by the Ottoman Empire for centuries, and naturally those countries now commemorate and celebrate their liberation.

ISIS is trying to recapture the Ottoman Empire, and it has billions of dollars. It has temporarily conquered parts of Syria and Iraq, and it plans to expand its boundaries to the former Ottoman Empire. The United States rescued Europe twice. Do we have the courage to rescue it again, or will the world have a second Ottoman Empire?

Cathy Starnes

Plant City

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