LETTERS 


;Guns kill people

;;Perhaps we ought to stop scratching our collective heads in puzzlement over the increase in these savage acts ["Murder in the City Beautiful," June 29]. Place some contributory negligence on our lawmakers, who insist upon making handgun ownership easy and plentiful! Maybe we ought to pass a law making it illegal for lawmakers to date gun lobbyists as well?

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;We'll never be able to understand the nut cases in society who violate the dignity of human life. That is an affliction that has plagued mankind since Billy Bob left his cave for a morning stroll. But if we can take guns out of the hands of these Neanderthals, we should reduce some of the killings.

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;James Levie, Maitland

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;;It could be worse

;;I grew up and lived in Baltimore, where we have a 10-year record of 300-plus murders a year. There were 271 in 2003; one was my good friend Earl Preston.

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;The taking of someone's life for whatever reason is wrong. Bless all the families of the victims. Florida has been a blessing for me and my family. Orlando has 30 murders so far this year. It could be very different here. Wake up, give thanks.

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;Jamal Anderson, Orlando

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;Who loves Bill?

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;;Re: Orlando Weekly's mash note on Bill Clinton [June 22 ]: Only the Democrats would regard the man under whose leadership they lost both houses of Congress and the majority of governorships as a "rock star."

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;;Gerry Butland, Maitland

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;;Splitting [muskrat] hairs

;;Dearest Mr. Schneider: Your column is very amusing, but I implore you to bone up on your fact-checking regarding the marital status of your subjects ["Mellow peril," Dog Playing Poker, June 15]. To this very day, Toni Tennille and her "captain," Daryl Dragon, are still 100 percent happily married. Certainly love has kept them together, but the fact that the duo never had kids probably helped too. Toni is my beloved aunt on my mother's side, and dear Lord am I ever tired of being asked, "Are they still together?" For the last time, people, the answer is, "Yes!"

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;;Caroline Tennille Reiners, Orlando

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;;Letters about letters

;;In response to William T. Comer's letter [Letters, June 29]: The reasons many homeless can't "work and purchase [their food] like the rest of us" range from mental illness to America's outsourced job market. Some have been left homeless after extended illnesses depleted their savings accounts and left them unable to return to their jobs. The Ripple Effect, one of the homeless advocacy groups mentioned in Happytown™, along with Food Not Bombs [June 22], both feeds the homeless and provides services to help them re-enter the workforce.

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;;Since you're eager to see the homeless work for their food, why don't you act on your concerns and hire some of them yourself? Until you become part of the solution, you can't credibly lambaste the Weekly — or anyone else — for not doing their part to help.

;;Rebecca Adams, Longwood

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;;Letters about letters, part two

Too funny! Bully journalism is not one-tenth as bad as bully incompetent treatment by a member of the town council, which Walter McKenzie was a party to while he was on the town council [Letters, June 29]. To admit to not handling problems properly, then do nothing to correct the situation, is a moral abomination. The real truth is that Walt did not like to hear the truth from someone who only spent three days in the area, yet recognized the inherent corruption and problems. The truth hurt. The mere mention of "integrity" by Walt left me laughing. He is quite a humorist.

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;;Bruce Merson, Melbourne
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; letters@orlandoweekly.com

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