Nelson has some nerve

taking potshots at Scott

Sen. Bill Nelson used the old Democrat trick of accusing your opposition of doing what you have actually been found guilty of doing.

Nelson says that Gov. Rick Scott “will say or do anything to win election." What a joke!

"Do-Nothing" Nelson rode back into office on former President Barack Obama’s coat tails in 2012. His main accomplishments over three terms in the Senate have been:

• Voting yes on Obamacare.

• Voting to expand Medicaid.

• Using Hurricane Irma in a fundraising email.

• Pretending to be pro-Israel while accepting campaign support from a major player connected to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

• Declaring the Pulse nightclub shooter to be a "lone wolf" before the facts were in.

• Backing a filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court after previously endorsing him for a lower court seat.

The list goes on. What a magnificent record!

Nelson needs to go.

Mary Beth Lynch,

Ponte Vedra Beach

 

We need to address how children are

affected by violence in popular culture

I agree with everything that a recent letter writer — a pediatric resident at UF Health Jacksonville — said about protecting children from the trauma of violence. However, I feel there are some other significant exposures to trauma that need to be considered.

Children are frequently subjected to violence in less direct ways.

Video games glorify guns. Television programs — even those that air before 9 p.m. — regularly show killings. And our movies are full of people shooting each other.

Until actors refuse to participate in these forms of “entertainment” and the industry acknowledges its part, both our children and adults will continue to be desensitized to violence.

Mary Policastro

Ponte Vedra Beach

 

Trump is a big talker,

but an even bigger spender

I saw the article in a recent Times-Union Money section that for the first five months of the fiscal budget year, the federal deficit has totaled $600 billion — up 14 percent from a year ago. That increased spending trend could result in a $1.4 trillion deficit for the year.

In electing Donald Trump to the presidency, we put into the Oval Office a big spender who doesn’t seem to care that increasing America’s debt and damaging our environment may greatly affect our future.

Trump’s election campaign claimed he is a conservative.

But what exactly is he conserving?

Phil Scanlan, Amelia Island

 

Costly dispute with Duval school

teacher could have been avoided

When Duval school teacher/blogger Christopher Guerrieri and his attorneys cash the $60,000 check they will receive from the district, they have two folks they need to graciously thank: School Board Member Scott Shine and the city’s Office of General Counsel.

The ineptitude of Shine and the city’s legal office is staggering, and someone should be held accountable for this trivial yet expensive miscalculation. If Shine had just swallowed his pride and apologized for his unnecessary comments about Guerrieri — or if he had he gotten intelligent, sensible legal direction from the Office of General Counsel — the hard-working taxpayers of this county would not be ponying up the $60,000 to settle this mess.

That $60,000, by the way, could have been spent on an additional teacher salary — or for much-needed school security personnel.

Mike Kane, Jacksonville