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Letters to the editor: Seconds count

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Seconds count

Pandora’s box is wide open on this letter. Better to stand your ground than be six feet under. Remember, you are being attacked, and the law of proportionality is the furthest thing from your mind (as it should be). Yes, the use of a gun for self-defense is conditional, just like anything else one might use to defend oneself. Even in martial arts, one is taught to use a variety of available items to defend against an attacker. Worst case is you fall back on your training using a variety of blocks, blows, strikes, etc., before you grab that umbrella (now a weapon) and spear the attacker with a killing jab to the throat.

The same logic holds true regarding the use of a gun (a gun is not a weapon until it is used). However, those who legally carry have the advantage of not having to traverse a series of failed defensive actions before they get to the decision point that the use of the gun (as a weapon) is now a logical alternative. Seconds count, and when you have only one move to make, you better make it count.

Eric Follstad

Valrico

Thanks to sheriff, theater

I and four of my retired friends were at the Cobb Grove 16 Theatre showing of “Lone Survivor” when the shooting happened three rows behind us. The newspapers and TV stations have told the story as it happened. I wanted to try to let the general public know how thorough and kind the Pasco County sheriff and all his officers were in getting the complete facts from about 30 people who were in the show. That thanks extends to theater management and the entire staff that offered us anything we wanted or needed while the officers did their job.

We went back with return tickets and saw this great movie, especially for any veteran. We are very lucky to have such a terrific theater in Wesley Chapel and manned by such a competent staff. I hope this very isolated incident does not keep people from attending this theater.

Tom Kitchen

Wesley Chapel

Take a deep breath

Maybe this time we’ll learn from the recent movie theater shooting. We might learn that violence isn’t the only response to rudeness. We might learn that being permitted to carry a gun doesn’t mean the weapon always has to be used. Maybe we’ll learn that being inconsiderate of others might have more dire circumstances than one imagines. Maybe managers, in places that cater to the public, will learn that it’s their job to enforce common courtesy rules.

And maybe all of us will learn to take a deep breath and think before we exercise our right to act stupidly. Maybe, just maybe.

Alan Matthews

Lakeland

What is being taught?

I am writing in response to your editorial “Don’t waffle on Common Core” (Our Views, Jan. 19). I agree in principle with the concept that each state should teach the same core course materials in each grade. Algebra should be taught in grade nine, etc. That way, when families move from one state to another, children will not be ahead or behind their former course curriculum. That being said, I am opposed to the federal government being involved in this process. It is up to the community to evaluate and plan for the area’s educational needs. Not all students learn the same way. Some are more hands-on or physical. Others are more visual, and others learn best using all their senses.

I am disappointed in how math is taught. If our children do not have a good basis for math and rely on calculators for results, this is not good.

What is being taught in our schools? Is it propaganda against our country’s principles? Is it an effort to dumb down our children? Get involved. Read their textbooks. Speak up. Get involved with the school boards and express your observations. Many teachers are disgusted with the new curriculum and are in fear of losing their jobs if they speak out; therefore, the responsibility lies with parents to ensure that their children are not being indoctrinated and are getting a valuable education.

Caroline Zoes

Brooksville

Trickle-down bureaucracy

Thank you for your columns by George Will regarding concerns over Common Core (“About those doubts over Common Core standards”) and Dr. Rafael Miguel, who laments the limiting of pain management options (“How the federal government is harming pain treatment for seniors,” Other Views, Jan. 18).

Rand Paul sums up the last five years pretty well when he said we have less freedom of choice now than ever before. The federal government is centralizing health care into hospitals and away from local doctors. Common Core centralizes education standards away from local educators. Student loans are now only handled by the federal government and is a financial windfall for them. It is Washington, D.C., concentrating as much power as possible. Doctors, teachers, administrators and others who serve us at the local level are more knowledgeable about our needs, more cost conscious, and better able to help as needed.

Trickle-down bureaucracy is inefficient, cumbersome and gives us less freedom of choice.

Cathy Starnes

Plant City

Tribune ‘insensitive’

Regarding “At their own risk” (front page, Jan. 19):

How insensitive of the Trib to use the expression “foolhardy” in the article about the deaths of a father and son on a cave dive at Eagle Nest Sink. You owe the family an apology.

Bill Clark

Hudson

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