The July 16 editorial “The Zimmerman verdict” implies that the fatal shooting was George Zimmerman’s fault since he exited his car after a police dispatcher told him not to. Of course, he had as much right to be on a street as anyone else.
I am sorry that a young man died for no good reason.
I can think of many, many scenarios in which the shooting would not have taken place, Zimmerman exiting a car being just one of them.
Let me pose another condition where the terrible event would not have happened. If Martin had not attacked Zimmerman, then the event would never have happened, either.
The results of the attack were evident from the multiple cuts on the back of Zimmerman’s head. If someone was to throw me on the ground, I would take any available option to stop the attack.
Anyone who was armed and thought that he or she was in danger of serious bodily harm or even death when being attacked on a street would use any available method to stop an attack. Based on that, I feel the jury probably reached a proper verdict in the case.
Now there are protests and even riots in Oakland, Calif. Where were all these protesters when O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murder?
In that case, there was even shoe print and DNA evidence of his presence at the murder scene. Things certainly seem out of perspective to me.
Obstacles to progress in Norton
The writer of the July 11 letter “Enough division in Norton” is absolutely correct about the members and backers of the group called Citizens 4 Norton.
It is obvious that there are certain residents who would rather live in filth than spend money to modernize and sanitize the city by installing sewer lines.
Voting against Issue 1 on the Aug. 6 ballot is what every concerned Norton resident should do.
There is one, or perhaps two, problems the writer failed to mention. The City Council has two members from whom these ill-informed people feed. They are council members Charlotte Whipkey and Bill Mowery.
They are both anti-progress. While every other community around Norton is progressing, they are doing all they can to keep Norton regressing.
As long as they are members, the city of Norton will not have a unified City Council. We need to vote them off the council and allow the progressive-thinking members and our mayor the opportunity to do what is right for the citizens of Norton.
After the Zimmerman trial
George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury of six women in Florida. Maybe they followed the law as well as they understood it. We have to live with that verdict.
The gloating by the defense counsels was disgusting, They said they were thrilled that their client went free. There was no sympathy for the parents of Trayvon Martin. None.
The gun used to kill an innocent teenager will be returned to the killer. Why? Are Florida gun laws so lax they allow a killer to continue to carry a gun?
It was a sad day for all black teenagers and their parents.
Driven to the alternative
I can’t be the only one who read about the quick move of Fred Martin Chevrolet to relocate its cars to flood-safe Rolling Acres (“Fred Martin moves cars to dry place amid flood,” July 13) and thought: That’s not a bad reuse for some of Rolling Acres — an auto mall.