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Published:   |   Updated: June 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM

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Re: Captain Rick Hankins

Police have less rights than the normal public.

No surprise to me that Captain Rick Hankins was acquitted of the battery charge the State Attorney chose to file on. They have a long history of losing cases, especially cases against police officers. Especially when Attorney Ellis Faught is leading the defense. In fact, the State Attorney’s Office has never once won a case against an officer that Ellis Faught represented. Ever.

I wonder why that is?

I think it is because they choose to file for political reasons and not based on the facts of the investigation. They think “How will it look if we don’t file?” and choose to file a case they know they cannot win and would not normally file. They choose to take time and money away from a respected police captain because of how it may “appear” if they do otherwise. They choose to use their office to send a message and settle a score that the public is largely unaware of.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office issued a large press release when they decided to arrest Capt. Hankins. They posted it to their Facebook page as a way to pound their chest and demonstrate how morally superior they are. I have yet to see a press release from the sheriff’s office about how he was acquitted in 20 minutes. Not 20 days, 20 minutes.

So what is clear is that the State Attorney’s Office plays the odds. If they win, they brag about how they do not tolerate corrupt cops. If they choose not to file, they have to defend themselves against accusations that they are part of the “good old boy” network. But if they bring it to trial, knowing they are going to lose, they can blame it on the witnesses, or the jury and walk away unscathed.

I would implore the State Attorney’s Office to treat the men and woman in uniform the same as any other case that hits their desk. Make a decision not to file when appropriate and defend your decision because it is the right thing to do. The fact that Capt. Hankins was acquitted does not fix the six months of hell you put him through.

Shawn L. Terry


Re: “Incompetence plus ideology equals disaster,” by Col. Donald Myers

Colonel, I read your articles and your ideology never has anything good to say about our government.

I’m sure there are some good things you could say, such as you and your spouse get free medical care at any military hospital. If you have Medicare and Tricare For Life, you and your spouse can go to any hospital and not pay a dime.

You and your spouse get medications free and for a small fee you can get a 90-day supply mailed to your residence.

You and your spouse can fly free on military aircraft to any where in the free world (Space Available) and it wont cost you a cent. Plus, you will get VIP treatment at military lodging.

You have commissaries that can save you up to 25 percent on some items. You get a 10 percent military discount at Lowe’s, Home Depot and even Walgreens.

Hopefully, you will find something good to say about our country and not let one man sway your opinion. I’m sure there were men in your command that didn’t like you, however, they still liked the Marines.

Julius Ricks

Spring Hill

Re: “Marked for death,” by Craig Bolton

Mr. Bolton, I`m sure I`m not the only one who read your manifesto and who would like to take you to task on your view of sportsmen in this country.

Although I no longer hunt because my physical disabilities prevent me from enjoying that privilege I’m not going to stand by a let your views go unchallenged.

Hunting has been a part of this country since its inception. There are a number of species of animals that owe there existence to the conservation efforts of sportsmen. The money collected from license fees and sports equipment and other related items fuel these conservation efforts and insure that there will be habitat for a number of these animals to survive.

Mr. Boltin would have you believe that hunters are the enemy and that’s just not true .There are many cases were if not for the sportsmen, animals would have not survived. True certain animals are near extinction. However, many like the elephant, rhinos, lions and tigers are being poached, not hunted. There is a large, distinct difference.

Calling Sportsman and NRA members trigger-happy lowlifes makes me wonder about your lifestyle. You didn’t mention if you are a vegan or whether you were eating burgers and steak this past weekend or you were sitting in Applebee’s trying to quantify eating those chicken wings. As for your challenge to meet you in a self defense martial art demonstration, my money is on the guy with the Smith & Wesson tucked in his belt.

James Woods


Fix the VA problem

There are vets from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Grenada, Libya, Panama, Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq not to mention the skirmishes in Yemen, Pakistan, Africa, Philippines and probably some I missed and counting.

These are places where men and women have shed their blood, sweat and tears over the past 70 years. All of these men and women served our country and endured hardships most of us can not imagine and deserve our thanks, gratitude and especially care for there physical disabilities and mental anguish as a result of their service.

If the VA hospitals are unable to keep up with the services needed to provide the necessary care in a timely matter to our veterans, there needs to be a access to the private sector to fill their needs. Instead of throwing money into the existing VA in hopes that this will alleviate their burden, we should be looking at some privatization of services which should be a lot cheaper in the long term.

We also must build new facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and find a way to staff these facilities with qualified professionals who find that they can monetarily compete with their colleagues in the private sector .

We owe our veterans a debt. The least we can do is insure that their sacrifice will be rewarded with the best care possible when they return home.

James Woods


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