Education is key
I just read about the crime and sentencing of Traquail Fort. He received a sentence of 40 years in prison.
I am just sick over this. I’ve been in Ocala for a few years, but almost every day I read about young men committing crimes and being sentenced to prison terms. This breaks my heart. What a waste. Here is a healthy, good-looking man who will spend basically the rest of his life in prison.
What can be done to stop this? Please, someone reach out to them before this happens. Of course I am sorry for the victims, but it’s all so unnecessary. Why? It seems like there is an availability of schooling offered in Florida at a very low cost. What about vocational training before they leave high school? Are we causing high school dropouts by unnecessary courses?
Please address this issue, someone! I am a retired elementary school teacher. Please don’t let children leave elementary school without being able to read well. I believe education and a well-paying job is the key.
Donna Palagano, Ocala
Help the ‘predead’
This time I really have heard it all. At a recent meeting of our county commissioners, a resolution was discussed declaring the county a sanctuary for "preborn" children, as Commissioner Carl Zakak put it. The language in the resolution calls for installing a plaque commemorating the resolution, no less.
These commissioners are so very proud to proclaim themselves pro-life, but they are undoubtedly the very first ones to clamor for the death penalty for anyone convicted of a capital crime. And, it seems, the very last ones to extend a helping hand to the living.
I guess I would argue that it is not the preborn who need sanctuary, but the predead. You know, those of us who actually exist and need help with the dire necessities of life like food and shelter.
Perhaps our county commissioners would do well to remember that today's preborn child may well be tomorrow's child who needs public assistance. So, how about installing a plaque proclaiming the county to be a sanctuary for those poor and bereft souls among us who are in need of our charitable support?
Dennis Phillips, Ocala
Numbers do not add up
It seems likely that Bernie Sanders is on his way to a large plurality of the vote and perhaps enough to form a majority. This would not be a good thing for the Democratic Party.
There is no way Sanders could get the votes to pass in Congress the legislation he proposes, which includes Medicare for All, free college education and eliminating all student debt.
The numbers do not add up. If he was able to enact his proposals to take more money from the rich, it would not be enough to pay for all of his promises.
If he enacted his proposals to raise the taxes from rich corporations and individuals, the charitable donations from this group would drop drastically and the funds necessary to run these charities would not be available.
Trump would hang the dreaded "socialist" label on Sanders, which would scare a lot of voters and make his election extremely unlikely. It would be unfair because these same people are more than happy to accept their Social Security and Medicare without labeling themselves socialists, but nonetheless that is what would happen.
Sanders is doing very well among certain demographic groups by making these promises, but these groups would do well to consider whether these promises would ever turn to reality.
It is important that we defeat Trump in this election, but in order to do so we would need to nominate someone more centrist.
Lawrence Schultz, Ocala