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Letters to the editor: Quite simple, actually

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Quite simple, actually

Regarding “U.S. air support needed to stop the worst people on Earth” (Other Views, Aug. 24):

Charles Krauthammer is right about one thing: We must confront forces that demonstrate a likelihood for doing us great harm, however practicable given the circumstance.

Those on the far left who see America as the problem and those in the mushy middle who just don’t want to get involved unless buildings in Manhattan are falling don’t seem to understand that we have enemies committed to our destruction and that their motivation has little or nothing to do with what we’re doing or not doing. Dealing with radical Islam as a criminal enterprise focusing on individual actors has continually failed, as the movement is far greater than any one man. Great powers don’t do manhunts and prosecutions — they change the course of civilizations.

Foreign policy is actually quite simple: Help your friends, and kill your enemies to the extent feasible. Six years in now, President Obama has proven himself unable to break the bonds of ideology and cannot adapt based on what works and what doesn’t, the results of which can be seen in every aspect of our foreign and domestic affairs.

Dwayne Keith

Valrico

BYOD

It has just come to my attention that the Hillsborough County School Board has implemented a “Bring Your Own Device” for the 2014-15 school year. Have they gone crazy? Do they have any idea of the ramifications of this policy? This policy allows students to use cellphones in the cafeteria, before school and with teachers’ permission in the classroom for academic purposes only. Teachers need to be teaching, not monitoring what students are doing on cellphones.

Martha Bennett

Valrico

What do you mean ‘we’?

I would like to respond to Judy Wise’s Letter of the Day Aug. 20, in which she cites the usual list of grievances to justify her conclusion that “we” are cranky. She’s entitled to her opinions and state of mind, but I object to her use of “we.” I, for one, am not feeling a bit cranky. In fact, I find this to be an interesting and stimulating time and place to be living in.

I didn’t get my own way in the last couple of national elections either, but that hardly constitutes a state of oppression. That’s American politics as usual, and we can expect it to happen periodically during our voting lives. The good news is that there will be another bus along in a couple of years, and then we can go back to blaming our problems on whichever random Bush or Clinton wins.

Of course, we all know people who have lost jobs. People lose jobs. Always have, always will. It’s an unpleasant but predictable and necessary way to keep the work force productive and competitive. My friends who used their job loss to acquire skills and expertise relevant to 21st-century employers now have great new jobs that come complete with high wages and excellent health care coverage. Others chose a different path, which is their right and nothing for us to get cranky about.

As for Americans living paycheck to paycheck, to suggest folks stop shopping and stock some of that mall money away for a rainy day is downright un-American. It would certainly spell the death of Black Friday, one of our most cherished traditions. Finally, the argument can be made that “cranky” is just another word for self-pitying, and that’s not a label you’re going to pin on me. Good luck, though. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

Deb Hall

Clearwater

The lesser ‘crook’?

I have been watching and reading about the Scott/Crist race forever, it seems. The amazing thing is neither is saying they are not crooks, but that they are a lesser crook than the opponent. Education spending has been mentioned. One says he spent more per student, and both say the other guy cut more for schools. With all the talk, neither says, per Nixon, “I am not a crook.” Amazing.

William Flanagan

Zephyrhills

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