My mother-in-law is an 80-year-old widow, has one eye and lives by herself. Her church is constantly begging her for money, in her own living room. It's typical of the way churches generate maximum funds these days. Now, Mayor Dyer will match funds to church-based programs using tax money during a budget crunch. Not satisfied with taking our federal taxes to be spent on property purchases, local preachers are grabbing local tax money, too. They should have already been helping my mother-in-law.

          Separating faith-based programs from the church is not an effective camouflage. Money given to a church has a nasty habit of disappearing under the guise of "administrative expenses." There is a reason their accounting is kept secret. TV studios, huge parking lots, ostentatious churches the size of stadiums and facilities that continually swallow neighboring residences do not aid a community.

      You can bet preachers would have roasted Mayor Dyer from the pulpits for not "offering" yet another source for their whims. The Republican party has become simply a misguided octopus religion that feeds on fear and outrageous fiscal irresponsibility in the name of humanity. How can they be trusted (and audited) to spend responsibly?

Dean Hubbard, Orlando

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Speaking of Mail Sack


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 7, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation