Don't import more homeless people

My family used to support the homeless efforts in Volusia County where we live, through various agencies.

[READ MORE: Daytona homeless First Step Shelter pivotal meeting looms]

Now I read that we might be importing homeless people (to make money off them?) from Flagler County. So they expect Volusia taxpayers to help support the Flagler County homeless?

Well, have at it. City and county officials will be doing it without our support anymore. I guess global warming has gone to their heads -- talk about a meltdown.

Stan Kapp, New Smyrna Beach

 

People, not party

U-rah-rah Republicans, U-rah-rah Democrats.  Just like high school football fans, our legislators sit on opposite sides of the aisle (or, in the Florida Legislature, with the prevailing party occupying the prime seats and the party not in power relegated to the back and sides).

All individuals are being paid by we the people to do what is best for each one of us. However, once elected, they lose their individual ideas and must vote the way the leaders of their parties dictate.

What would happen if, instead of sitting across the aisle from each other, our legislators were seated alphabetically with no credence given to party affiliation. Would they, spending time with those of different alliances, decide that the other person’s ideas have merit, too; would they then be able to work together, thinking for themselves and making decisions outside of party lines? Would “We The People By The People For The People” become more of a standard? Instead of for party only?

Barbara Lampert, Port Orange

 

A careful balance

 

In 2016, voters of 30 states shocked Democrats by electing President Donald Trump. The six crucial battlefield states of Florida (29 electoral votes), Michigan (16), North Carolina (15), Ohio (18), Pennsylvania (20), and Wisconsin (10) broke for Trump by only a combined 810,811 votes. 

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote because of gigantic pluralities in California (a winning margin of 4,269,978 votes) and New York City (1,724,416). 

Yet, proving the wisdom of the founding fathers in ruling our President was to be elected state by state rather than by the total popular vote, California’s 55 electoral votes and New York’s 29 were trumped by the 108 combined votes of the six swing states. 

That’s how it should be. Otherwise, the tiny District of Columbia, which gave Clinton 91% of its votes and a margin of 270,107, would count for more than the three decisive states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, where Trump’s winning margins were only a combined 77,744 votes. Instead, Clinton got three electoral votes and Trump gained 46. 

In 2020, Americans living in that vast swath of land between California and Manhattan will again elect our president — state by state. 

Dennis L. Breo, New Smyrna Beach