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    Picture of homeless family shows man's inhumanity to man

    © St. Petersburg Times
    published September 2, 2002

    Re: Street life without a net, story, Aug. 25.

    What a sad picture, right on the front page of the Clearwater Times. A mother, father and 1-year-old child -- all homeless.

    A few weeks ago the media covered the story of beached whales with hordes of humans running to their rescue. We see an outpouring of love and human compassion every time another species is in trouble.

    Yet the picture of this human family is absent the hordes of their own species running to their rescue, while "the haves" put restrictions on where and when local agencies are allowed to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked and shelter those who have not.

    While we have saved the beasts of the field, the fowl of the air and the fish that swim the oceans, still we have this picture of humans down on their luck who are chased away from any place they may find refuge, their basic needs ignored.

    When one considers man's inhumanity to man -- the abandonment of our children; the kidnapping, sexual abuse and murder of our children; newborn babies thrown into garbage containers or destroyed prior to birth; and terrorists raising havoc worldwide -- one cannot help but wonder if we humans have become our own worst enemy, with genocide just over the horizon.
    -- Len Vivolo, Clearwater

    Questions raised by pizza controversy

    Re: Pizza delivery in Tarpon Springs.

    No answers, just a few questions from the pizza delivery man's point of view:

    1. Is there any other neighborhood where pizza delivery drivers have been robbed or accosted?

    2. Is there any other area of the city where drug dealers are known to do business on the street corner, thereby creating an atmosphere of danger?

    3. What, if anything, have the people who complain about the lack of service done to try to improve the conditions in their neighborhood, to allow the pizza deliverer to feel less threatened?

    4. Do I have the moral right to try to force another individual into a situation in which he feels his safety threatened, just to meet my personal wishes?
    -- Jim Reed, Tarpon Springs

    Guns and pizza? Only in this country

    Re: Solution for pizza problem: Carry a gun, letter, Aug. 25.

    Letter writer Frank Clarke offered all-American solution to the Tarpon Springs pizza delivery controversy: Carry a gun.

    The American fascination with weapons is an international embarrassment. I have traveled to more than 60 countries in the course of my business travel, and I am certain this proposed solution would never be offered in any other civilized nation.
    -- David Wladaver, Palm Harbor

    Letter supported religious bigotry

    Re: Flag Building final nail in coffin, letter, Aug. 27.

    If I were to write you a letter using hate-group derogatory names and bigoted statements about different religions, you would not publish my letter (I would hope). Yet you publish a letter from some guy in Dunedin who, while expressing his viewpoint about the new Church of Scientology building in downtown Clearwater, rants and raves about Scientology in clearly bigoted and discriminatory fashion and then compares it to the Presbyterian Church.

    The Church of Scientology is morally, ethically, religiously and legally a religion. The religious roots of Scientology go back to man's earliest practices of religion. When a person says it's not so, it's no different than saying that the Presbyterian Church is not a religion (which is not true, of course). It only goes to show the level of misinformation or worse -- discrimination -- that person or that organization has.

    By printing such a letter, you have taken the support of religious bigotry and -- more important -- religious discrimination to a new level. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    Yes, people have opinions -- we all do -- but you need to grow up as a newspaper and better learn how to represent the community as a whole and not some radical, religious hate-group viewpoint that only serves to enflame the fires of religious discrimination in a community.
    -- Thom Kicinski, Dunedin

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