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Letters to the editor: Photo IDs: What’s the problem?

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What’s the problem?

How many places in our country do you have to show a photo ID? I’m not sure because whenever anyone asks me for an ID, I reach in my pocket and pull out my driver’s license or my VA card. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander!

The ACLU seems to have a problem with this. It seems we, the taxpayers of America, are discriminating against minorities. Is it because the ACLU’s agenda is supported by those who are illegally in our country? Why is it discrimination to ask someone to prove they are a citizen in order to vote, when the good people of America, who pay their taxes, have no problem with this requirement?

Recently the GOP suggested that anyone receiving welfare, food stamps, etc., show an ID. Don’t the law-abiding citizens who pay for these entitlements have a right to know that the people receiving them are truly who they say they are? Perhaps the ACLU could use its energies to provide help to those who legitimately need a way to prove their identity.

Ron Dakin

Spring Hill

Special place for Poe

Regarding “Poe, child advocate and leader, dies” (Metro, Feb. 12): Goodbye to Haven Poe. May she rest in peace. One of the truly great ladies of Tampa. She used every ounce of her being and her money to leave a great and honorable legacy that will live forever. Indeed, there is a special place for her in heaven.

Urban Ben Prendes

Tampa

Connect the dots

After reading the second article last week about problems in our school system (“Recruitment initiative for STEM teachers falling short,” Feb. 9, and “Do education allocation promises add up?” Feb. 11), I find it hard to believe the Florida Board of Education is moving forward with the implementation of Common Core. In The Wall Street Journal on Jan. 3, Sandra Stotsky, a member of Common Core’s Validation Committee from 2009-10, wrote a scathing article titled “Common Core Doesn’t Add Up to STEM Success.”

So, it seems to me that we are spending far too much money in Florida implementing Common Core, which will do nothing to help our STEM teacher recruitment problem and falls short of actually “giving people the time and tools, financial or otherwise, to [make the changes work] well,” according to Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins, executive director of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.

Are these dots so hard to connect? Not for me.

Nathalie Tomczak

Valrico

Uneven justice

When I heard that a judge ruled no jail time for the teen who killed four in an automobile accident in Texas, who suffered from “affluenza” — in other words, the spoiled brat had “rich parents” and a high-priced lawyer — it only affirmed my disgust and distrust of the judicial system.

If a poor teen in a similar situation had killed four people in an automobile crash and suffered from “poorfluenza” — in other words, he had “poor parents” and could only retain a public defender — he’d be doing serious time.

I reckon if Justin Bieber’s high-priced lawyer is paying attention, he might use the same “affluenza” plea down in Miami, or claim his client suffers from “assluenza.”

Ray Brown

Tampa

Don’t forget parents

In your editorial Feb. 12 regarding the “wilding” at the fair (“Put quick stop to wilding at fair,” Our Views), you mention gathering all different agencies to help find an answer. You do talk about getting input from teenagers in trying to find solutions. But you never mention parents! Having raised two teenagers already, and in the middle of raising a third, I know all too well that when they are with friends, they often make choices that I never dreamed they would make. Instead of pointing fingers and blaming, we parents and the community must figure out a way to help our children learn to help themselves. Do not forget the parents in this process.

Dianne O’Malley

Valrico

Where brave soldiers go

The one fortunate thing that happened to this brave soldier was ending up at Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa. I am a 76-year-old veteran who was in an accident 15 years ago and ended up with a chronic back injury. When Florida changed the law so my family doctor could not prescribe Class 2 pain killers, I ended up in the pain doctor system. Numerous MRIs, spinal injections, surgical consultations later, I thought I was less than a month away from a wheelchair. A close friend suggested that, since I was a vet, to apply, online, to Haley.

The next day someone called me and asked that I send a copy of my discharge. Several days later I received notice to come to the hospital and enroll. After being there I understand how they could have saved this soldier’s life. Every person you meet is absolutely outstanding. From the jitney drivers in the parking lot, to the clerical people, laboratory workers, nurses and doctors, all go out of their way to be caring, efficient and make you comfortable.

Every American should tour this facility because it’s something to be proud of!

George Fox

Apollo Beach

Cheap talk on Cuba

Seems like we read a story every day in the Trib about dropping the restrictions on Cuba. Well, the group that matters in Washington seems to ignore everyone except itself. Politics from the Miami area seem to influence what Washington does. Is the Cuban vote that important to ignore what the rest of us seem to want? If we are ever going to change policy we need to stop flapping our jaws and put politicians on notice that we want change, not just talk. Generations and politics have changed since the 1960s in both countries. Let’s put the pressure on those who make policy, not just talk about it!

James Woods

Brooksville

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