In response to recent opinions
I'm shocked by the bigoted opinions that have been published lately. I know that freedom of speech is being applied here, but really, is it necessary to give every moron a soapbox?
The person, and I use that term lightly, who has continued, on a weekly basis, to bash the residents of Fort Pierce, needs to be muted. He does not help society by ridiculing those who live in the northwest section of the city.
Not everyone there is a hoodlum, has baby after baby and is uneducated as this writer would have everyone believe. It makes me wonder who this ignoramus really is He or she needs to be monitored by the FBI. He should be reported to the authorities so they can keep him in a database for lunatics.
When someone takes aim at a particular section of society with such hatred, it should be brought to someone's attention. There's no place for hate and bigotry in our world. Instead of secluding us, why don't you go find an island somewhere and stay there?
We, the residents of Fort Pierce, are not a hateful bunch. Yes, there's crime. Yes, there's poverty. But we are no different than any other city. We do try to help our children. There are organizations and members of society who are trying to help those who want to find a way out and who want to make a difference.
You, the writer with so much hatred, should go to church, go to a homeless shelter and attend a candlelight vigil for one of our children who have become a victim. We're not the useless souls you portray us to be. We are, for the most part, a peaceful, loving society. We would give you water if you were thirsty. We'd feed you if you were hungry. What I know is that you wouldn't do the same.
Merry Christmas and peace to all.
Are city woes preventable?
Boy, have I read enough of the shootings that happen in northern Fort Pierce. Bad drug deals, young adults with firearms, all for that quick dollar.
Here's one most likely not going to happen: build a giant wall around these areas and let these communities govern themselves, and if the people are afraid to come out of their homes then let them also live with the chaos, as well.
This is all the byproduct of a weak upbringing and individuals wanting to make money but don't have even a high-school education.
I've seen in a few parts in the country where I have lived and in every case, it's the impoverished community that always wants the local government to resolve the problems that the parents brought on while living off that government paycheck. It boils down to poverty and lack of education. No one told these people to drop out of school. Last time I checked, public school was free, paid for with tax dollars.
The city of Fort Pierce is a nice city, just suffering from the tarnish of hoodlums who don't have respect for even each other. Take your drama and disrespect to somewhere else. Move on. Oh, and take your parents with you. They sure did a fine job of raising you.
Fix the storm drains
A reader recently suggested that this would be a good time to work on the storm drains. I couldn't agree more. We live in the northeast River Park area of Port St. Lucie in a section that is bordered by Airoso on the west, Emerson on the east, Surfside on the south and Sagamore on the north.
On our particular street, Jordan Terrace, several of the corner houses have storm drains that are so overgrown that they are not visible. Other drains in the area are broken.
Over the last two years I have called several times, to be told that, "we'll get someone out there," only to have nothing done. I would love to see this situation addressed so that when the spring rains come, followed by hurricane season, we won't have a problem.
I'm sure this is an issue in other areas besides mine, and I would sincerely appreciate it if this problem would be resolved in a timely fashion.
Watch government size
The tendency of government is to grow. It can become unlimited in size and scope. Especially when controlled by Democrats, it tends to be patronizing, overprotective and destructive of individual liberty. That's why America does not have a king. We are, or should be, governed by our Constitution.
Apparently, President Obama does not want to be bound by the chains of the Constitution. If he is able to break these chains, our freedoms are lost.
Truth about attacks
Hillary Clinton and President Obama have finally admitted that they knew from the beginning that the Benghazi attacks, which killed four brave Americans, were planned in advance. What has not been admitted is that the administration's untruths were based on this nation's coming elections. Voters were naive and foolish enough to believe this deception.
Editor's note: This from FactCheck.org: "We cannot say whether the administration was intentionally misleading the public. We cannot prove intent. There is also more information to come -- both from the FBI, which is conducting an investigation, and Congress, which has been holding hearings.
"But, at this point, we do know that Obama and others in the administration were quick to cite the anti-Muslim video as the underlying cause for the attack in Benghazi that killed four U.S. diplomats, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. And they were slow to acknowledge it was a premeditated terrorist attack, and they downplayed reports that it might have been."
Relief money re-routed
How could anybody oppose the Supplemental Terrorist Relief Act?
Passed immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks, it was supposed to help small retailers where sales were hurt in lower Manhattan.
As usual, however, bureaucrats twisted the original intent. Money went to Connecticut, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and even Ohio and Georgia.
The fingers of devious politicians are sticky. Best to keep their hands off our money.
Editor's note: The only evidence we could find regarding the reader's claim came from a column written by John Stossel in August 2006 on the website Townhall.com. Mr. Stossel is host of a Fox News program and an author. In the column, he wrote that the money from the Supplemental Terrorist Relief Act went to Dunkin Donuts shops in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Vermont and Ohio.
Still a big spender
If anybody had any doubts before, President Obama has proven himself to be an outrageous, big government, big spender. While he says he wants a "balanced approach" his words are patent nonsense.
When he claims to favor compromise, hold your nose. It's a terrible smell.
We can't be like Greece
More than one of every four workers in Greece is unemployed.
Most of our politicians in Washington are asleep at the wheel.
One, however, Congressman John Mica, has seen our future and warned that we do not want to become like Greece. It is clear, he stated, that government cannot put a chocolate on every pillow and tuck us all in every night.
The primrose path
Blacks and Latinos are being led down the primrose path by leftists who tell them they deserve an entire array of benefits paid for by other people.
The prospect of government bureaucrats dictating our health care is frightening.
In addition to health care, minorities get all kinds of "stuff" just because they live here. There is no road to prosperity and happiness other than education, diligence and prudent planning. Anything else is the siren song of dependency.