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Letters to the Editors

Using soldier's sacrifice to back agenda is wrong

© St. Petersburg Times
published April 20, 2003

Re: Krewe's actions can't honor American Indian killed in Iraq, April 16 letter

Editor: I find it much more disheartening that someone would use the life of any soldier we have lost in Iraq to push an agenda that a very limited amount of citizens share.

We have lost many Americans in Iraq. Not whites. Not blacks. Not Indians. Americans.
-- Sean McCart, New Port Richey

Group has the right to meet in library

Re: Speak up; don't let antiwar meetings continue at library, April 15 letter

Editor: I can understand the writer's complaint that badmouthing our president and the country, especially at this time of war, might be considered "giving comfort to the enemy by discrediting our government." However, I must defend their right to do so. It is guaranteed by the First Amendment of our Constitution. (Freedom of speech).

It is the same amendment that granted her the right to write a letter to the editor voicing her complaint about "dissidents" using our public library to voice their opposition. The library is the public library and the rules are right, in my opinion, that there can be no discrimination because of differences in politics. The use of the library is for all the public to have discussion groups. I am sure the dissidents are paying taxes in this county also.

Our soldiers (which includes women, not just boys) are fighting and dying for the purpose of freedom so that the people of Iraq can have, that most of us take for granted, the right to feel the way they do and to express it. That is called freedom.
-- Judi Barrett, Hudson

Dead teenager's parents should end effort to sue

Re: Judge dismisses shooting lawsuit, April 11

Editor: It continually amazes me that these parents are still trying to sue the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the school district for something they should have been doing as parents. No doubt, losing a child is something that cannot be measured.

As quoted in the article, Teddy Niziol was the one who brought the gun to the school. Doesn't it stand to reason that his own parents should have known of his activities?

Yes, the School Board does supervise the students and guides them in their education, but they are not supposed to be there to do the job of parents.

If this does go to court and if his parents are awarded money from the school district, where is the money going to come from? Higher school taxes or taxes in general?

Please, I wish they would stop trying to blame all of these outside agencies for the death of their son, tragedy though it was.

Education starts in the home. All they are doing is keeping ugly wounds open that are not being given a chance to heal for all involved.
-- Susan Falcone-D'Aquino, Hudson

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