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No hardship

Regarding “Voting directive generates squawks” (front page, Nov. 27): In reading the article, I cannot help but to think of Shakespeare — “Much ado about nothing.”

Having used absentee voting more than once, as I remember a call to the elections supervisor’s office had the ballot sent directly to my home. I voted and put it back in the mail. It would have been handled by the post office (quasi-goverment branch), me and then the post office again. So, from the election supervisor’s office to me and back a total of three times.

To the best of my knowledge we have door-to-door delivery and pick-up in the area. I see no hardship for anyone returning the ballot to the supervisors office.

Remember, the more people who handle the ballot the larger the chance for some type of fraud.

Your article makes me think of the old newspaper headline joke:” Earth to end tomorrow — women and children to be hit the hardest.”

Bob Allen

Apollo Beach

A real inspiration

I am so glad that the Rev. Billy Graham has made such a difference in our world with his sermons, books and his life. He is such an honorable person. His newest book, “The Reason For My Hope: Salvation,” is a real inspiration and easy to read. It offers hope for many people.

Tom Chastain

Tampa

Poster boy

When George Zimmerman was arrested recently, he had five weapons. He was the poster boy for what is wrong with Florida’s “stand your ground law,” but now he has become the poster boy for what is wrong with the Florida concealed handgun permit.

How many of the million-plus concealed-carry permit holders are held by people as unstable as Zimmerman? We don’t know, and neither does the state agency that issues those permits. Further, no one in state government is interested in finding out if the person setting next to you with a permit is as unstable as Zimmerman. Why? Because we live in the “gunshine” state, where the gun and the person who carries it are valued above all else.

When the state agency that issues these permits is notified a permit holder has been convicted, not just charged with a felony, they will cancel that permit. All kinds of personal behavior and law-breaking will not rise to the level of a felony. This state does not track the behavior of any of the permit holders to determine if they are a threat to public safety, or review whether the person is suitable to carry a concealed gun on a recurring basis. They could keep that permit until the day they die by simply paying the appropriate fee every few years.

Since “stand your ground” now allows deadly force any time a permit holder feels threatened, this permit is now much more dangerous.

The court may have ordered Zimmerman to have no contact with his guns, but the judge said nothing about his concealed handgun permit, which is still valid unless he is convicted of a felony.

This permit law was passed in 1987 with minimal vetting and training. It is in desperate need of a complete overhaul to stop the issuance of permits to unstable applicants and to allow the cancellation of permits on a far lower level than a felony conviction.

Arthur C. Hayhoe

Wesley Chapel

The writer is executive director of the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Inc.

Par for the course

I can’t see why people are complaining about the Obamacare website. It seems to me that it is working just as well as any other government program.

John Cooley

Zephyrhills

De facto tax

When America is forced to buy an expensive product under threat of law and fines, it is a de facto tax — a “jizya” tax!

Any questions? Google “jizya.”

Where will the billions that will be collected for Obamacare be used?

The insurance companies will pay out a tiny fraction of revenues for health reimbursement.

The major percentage will end up in sovereign banks.

Jerry Snaper

Plant City

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