Monday, Sep 01, 2014
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Appreciate our crossing guards

As we all have learned by the death of a School Crossing Guard down state, this job can be hazardous and often goes unappreciated by the school districts and some schools in particular.

There are some exceptions and to those who took the time to come out and say thank you on the last day of school this initiative was appreciated more than you can imagine. I mention this because there are certain schools that seem to ignore these very important people and part of school safety system.

It only takes a few minuets to walk out and say thank you at the end of the year but it seems some school principals just don’t have the time to fit that in their schedule. These men and woman who do a great job in all conditions deserve a little gratitude.

J.T. Woods

Brooksville

No honor fitting for Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda recently was honored with the American Film Institutes Lifetime Achievement Award. Jane, better known as “Hanoi Jane,” was celebrated by her Hollywood buddies, who I’m willing to bet never served a day of their life for their country.

Regardless of your opinion of the U.S. actions in Vietnam, one thing stands out. The men and women who served and died in Vietnam did so honorably, just as those who serve today. To degrade the service of our fighting men and women and encourage our enemies is an unforgivable action.

Ms. Fonda could have spoken out about her objections to the war, as many others did but she did not have to side with the enemy. They were the enemy to our men and women in uniform. The enemy wanted to kill our men and women serving in Vietnam. What’s not to understand about this? Instead of protesting the war, she is the only person I know who went to Vietnam to protest and actually gave aid and comfort to the enemy.

Ms. Fonda’s apologies ring hollow, even today. It had more to do with concerns for her future in the world of entertainment. Sorry Jane, but there are millions of us who can’t forget so if you’re looking for folks who think you’re something special, stick with your Hollywood friends.

Ron Dakin

Spring Hill

Commissioners should pass Dexter’s law

Dear County Commissioners,

In 2011 I tried to get you to pass Dexter’s Law which would have created a registry for convicted animal abusers. The idea for this law arose because of two kittens that were beaten, one dying at the scene named Drake, and the other one dying later from his injuries named Dexter. Wilana Frazier was sentenced to one year in jail for committing this crime.

Senator Mike Fasano sponsored “Dexter’s Law” in the Florida Senate but the House did not have a sponsor, so the bill died. It is time now to resurrect this law right here in Hernando County. I am sure Mr. Fasano would provide you with the information from his bill, SB 618. Feel free

to contact me if you need more information (352) 796-3943.

This registry could be operated by either the Humane Society or the SPCA and should be relatively inexpensive. I am sure the taxpayers would be more than willing to have money set aside for this project.

Betty Dobson

Brooksville

“Countering Violent Extremism”

The War on Terror, also known as the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) was a term that started after the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The phrase was first used by President George W. Bush and his administration and western nations have used the term to describe the global struggle against terrorist acts and regimes that support their cause.

Terrorists commit barbaric acts against military and civilians, and are hateful, treacherous, barbarous, and commit evil acts in the name of their ideology and religious beliefs, even killing their own kind.

President Barack Hussein Obama prefers to use the term “Overseas Contingency Operation” instead of War on Terror.

In March 2009, the Defense Department officially changed the name of operations from “Global War on Terror” to “Overseas Contingency Operation” (OCO). The Obama administration requested that Pentagon staff members avoid using the term “Islamic terrorists”.

In May 2013, Obama stated that his goal is “to dismantle specific networks of violent extremists that threaten America,” and has changed the wording from “Overseas Contingency Operations” to “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE).

The term “Countering Violent Extremism” noticeably excludes words such as; “Muslim,” “war,” “Islamic,” and “jihad.” Obama and his administration have put de-radicalization alongside the Predator drones as a primary instrument of combating terrorism. Obama’s approach combines hard and soft power, thus his willingness to negotiate with terrorists as a means to an end. This may work when dealing with civilized people, but not with barbaric killers.

Obama told graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, that “military action cannot be the only — or even primary — component of our leadership in every instance.” He added that “Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.” The problem here is that Obama is gradually removing the handle from the hammer until it becomes ineffective at all.

Now you know why Obama has no problem negotiating with the Taliban or Iranians. The five hard-core terrorists he released recently will kill again at first chance. Obama is delusional if he thinks his soft approach will change their hearts. On the other hand, its possible Barack Obama may not consider the enemy that he released from Guantanamo as his enemy, but just “Violent Extremists.”

Vinny Martinez

Brooksville

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