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Letters to the editor: Too much freedom?

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Too much freedom?

Many years ago when I went to the movies there were ushers who would walk around and make sure there were no problems. Example: noisy moviegoers, people with kids who kept crying, etc. If they came upon them the ushers would ask them to leave.

In most cases, the people left because they knew if they didn’t they would be escorted out.

Of course, in today’s liberal ways of thinking, if someone is asked to leave, they would be called names or told to ... well, you know.

Maybe it’s time to start putting restrictions on certain things: No cellphones in theaters, restaurants, etc.

It seems so many people think they are entitled to do whatever they want, wherever they want, with no regard for anyone else. It’s a hooray-for-me-to-hell-with-you attitude.

When my husband and I go out to dinner — and I am sure many others feel the same way — who wants to hear all these cellphones ringing with a million different ring tones? It’s nerve wrenching.

Then you have the users talking out loud and disturbing everyone around them. It’s about time managers of theaters, restaurants, etc., are able to tell people to please stop, as they are disturbing other guests.

And as far as letting kids out of school to go to the fair, that’s crazy.

Let their parents take them on weekends. No good comes from a bunch of kids running wild on a free day off of school.

It’s gotten to the point where everyone just does what they damn well please and so what — and that’s too bad.

Ann Carletti

Tampa

Not mutually linked

I read with interest the plight of Beckwith Electric, a private company being forced to give up its religious beliefs in order to provide its employees with contraceptives and abortifacients.

Why do we (the government) insist on calling birth control and abortion “women’s health care,” as if the two were always mutually linked?

Are we now going to be on the hook for Sandra Fluke’s boudoir adventures?

Let’s put the brakes on all this and have our reluctant Supreme Court decide when life begins in the womb.

I’d bet science would have to admit it begins at conception. That, in turn, would take the mystery and guesswork out of the equation and then maybe we could have an honest discussion about women’s health issues, not bedroom escapades paid for by oppressed employers and then taxpayers by default.

John Dautovic

Largo

An excellent movie

Fie on the critics, including yours!

They barely gave “The Monuments Men” mediocre reviews. It is an excellent movie, appealing to those who savor art, history, the military, religion and World War II — it’s all there. No, you won’t see sex, drugs or rock ’n’ roll.

And no f-bombs — just a few curse words if that, and inoffensive at best.

You will be moved by this true story, and I urge you to go see it. Thank you, George Clooney! It was a pleasure to be your guest and watch this story unfold.

Wynelle Gilbert

Tampa

Marijuana gold rush

I guess a few of my questions were answered before I vote on the medical marijuana initiative.

“Medical marijuana referendum inspires startup school for growers” in the Feb. 8 Metro section of the Tribune suggests that some voters are either expecting pot shops to open all over Florida and they want in on the business, or they expect to be able to grow their own drug.

Now at least voters know what’s behind this ruse of concern for patients in need of medical marijuana. They don’t want any controls put on the prescription use of marijuana. They just want to smoke it and get high, or grow it and make money off of it.

I hope the Tribune is correct in stating that “ the state must establish a regulatory system before legal commerce can begin.”

I’m sorry, but we don’t need marijuana laboratories and clinics opening up all over Florida.

We don’t need individuals growing their own.

The trick is how to regulate the growing and transporting of it so that it is safe.

California obviously hands out growing licenses like they were candy.

There is enough marijuana in the U.S. now to keep all of us pain free for years without adding any more growers.

People are treating growing marijuana like it was a gold rush. My great grandfather left his only son for the gold rush in Colorado and died penniless.

We need to stay focused. This isn’t the answer we’ve been looking for to solve unemployment.

We’re just looking to help a few patients with medical problems who may be helped by the chemicals in marijuana. At least that’s how the proponents of the initiative are selling the issue.

If that is just a front for legalizing marijuana for recreational use, then we need to vote the issue down.

Terry Larson

Seffner

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