Also: Democratic socialism, tariffs, when free is not free
For students, there is danger in the dark
On a November morning in the late 1970s, at about 7:25 am, I was at my bathroom mirror shaving at our home in Brantley Harbor near Longwood with the window open. That’s when I heard the tires screeching and then the thump. Joey Smith, an elementary school student, was killed crossing State Road 434 on his way to Forest City Elementary School
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At the time I was chairman of the Seminole County School Board. How stupid can it be for adult School Board members to force elementary school age children to travel to school in the dark? Very.
Robert G. Feather, Lake Helen
— Feather served on the Seminole County School Board from 1972-180 and on the Seminole County Commission from 1980-1984.
It’s interesting that capitalism and democratic socialism have peacefully coexisted for so long, yet today democratic socialism is viewed by so many as a threat to our nation’s foundation. Should we be so fearful of Bernie Sanders and friends?
Take for example, the public bus system. For a handful of change we can be transported for miles. This is an example of democratic socialism. A taxi is a form of capitalism. Checking out a book from the library is another type of democratic socialism. Bookstores are capitalism. Imagine the millions of Americans who wouldn’t have access to books if we didn’t allow democratic socialism.
There are numerous other examples of democratic socialism — public parks and restrooms, beaches and boat ramps, public soup kitchens, health departments, court-appointed public defenders, police and lifeguard protection, just to name a few.
When America began, all children were not guaranteed an education. Now, thanks to democratic socialism, all Americans enjoy an opportunity to be educated; another reason that the U.S. is the greatest nation in the world.
Please, think about it.
Denzel Ellison, New Smyrna Beach
Tariff talk welcomed
I would like to commend the Feb. 7 letter “Tariffs scam” for an excellent explanation of the tariff situation that President Donald Trump is foisting on the American citizens, while Trump tries to take credit for helping said citizens.
Mark Miles, Ormond Beach
Land of the free?
Our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, hails the United States as the land of the free. The freedom to choose and pursue the American Dream. Sadly, far left politicians are attempting to contaminate that dream.
New Democratic socialists are now striving to redefine free to include free Medicare-for-all, free college tuition and free this and that. Whatever happened to the self-efficacy of Americans? Socialist politicians are ready to bestow a panacea of enticements on voters in exchange for polling booth votes.
But what I find especially troubling is that so many of our population wantonly embrace a socialistic philosophy. Granted there are citizens who require a government safety net, but that’s not the problem. Rather, it is the socialist’s ever-expanding entitlement ideology that wealth should be shared regardless of contribution or personal achievements. I am perplexed by this meritless concept.
It seems we are becoming a nation of indigents waiting for the next handout from Big Brother. Ultimately, what socialists fail to identify is the excessive price placed on our economy, personal freedom and self-worth.
Why the disdain for personal self-reliance? No doubt, it’s a trend coinciding with the advancement of collective socialism. This in turn has resulted in the erosion of American cultural, moral and ethical values. Are we really ready to forsake the fundamental building blocks of our great nation? If so, goodbye American Pie.
Ron Bunton, DeBary