Much has been made about George Zimmerman being scared for his life, and that in Florida the law says those scared for their life can defend themselves, even if it means taking another person’s life.
Here is my question: Was Trayvon Martin allowed to be scared for his life, too? Imagine yourself walking down the street, and you notice someone following you in a truck.
You have done nothing wrong. You turn, the truck turns. You don’t know the person, and you are from out of town.
At some point, the unknown person gets out of the truck and pursues you on foot. What would you do? Would you be scared?
I would be, and if all I had was my hands to defend myself, then that is what I would use.
According to the law, if Trayvon Martin was scared for his life at that point, then he had the right to beat Zimmerman to death with his hands. If he had a knife, he could have stabbed Zimmerman to death. If he had a baseball bat, he had the right to bludgeon Zimmerman to death.
But all he had was his hands, a bag of skittles and a soft drink. So while Martin defended himself, now the stalking aggressor started to feel scared for his life?
If Zimmerman wouldn’t have had a gun, would we be witnessing the fight scene out of They Live between Roddy Piper and Keith David. He who lands the last most devastating blow wins. Or, in this case, gets away with killing a human being who is doing nothing wrong.
Does it bother anybody but me that two people with the good intentions met and one had to die?
I don’t believe that Zimmerman is a vigilante looking to take the law into his own hands. He is a mall cop; he is Barney Fife, at best.
Martin wasn’t every stereotype that Zimmerman thrust upon him in his hasty and deadly judgment. The only thing I know for sure is that I feel far less comfortable sending my son off to college next month.
Raphael M. Cross Jr.
Changes in the science
The July 11 letter “Wrong on the climate” erroneously looks to scientific consensus to back up its case.
The author points to a study showing that 98 percent of scientists agree that climate change is primarily caused by humans. So what.
At one time, scientists of the day believed the Earth was the center of the universe. But then Copernicus came along, followed by Galileo, and that belief went out the door.
After Newton, most scientists believed in the “clockwork universe” concept, but then a guy named Einstein came along, and his relativity theory carried the day.
Later in life, Einstein himself was shaken by the ramifications of quantum mechanics, and what it meant for his famous theories. And so it goes. Today’s scientific “consensus” could just as well be in the dustbin tomorrow.
The country should ask itself why this president is happy to issue more and more job-killing regulations, all in the pursuit of “green energy,” while the so-called recovery lumbers along in low gear.
Like Nero, President Obama truly seems to be fiddling while Rome burns.
Affirmative action, outdated and unfair
This is in response to the articles covering the University of Texas case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the issue of affirmative action.
The court’s ruling governs how or whether universities may consider an applicant’s race and is likely to affect how the government treats race in other areas.
The purpose of affirmative action in the United States was to create government programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women.
There is no question that past societal discrimination occurred in the United States, and perhaps the only appropriate remedy (at the time) was affirmative action.
However, this policy has outlived its purpose. Anywhere you look in the United States, minorities are well represented. Besides, there is a limit to punishing people for the sins of their forefathers. It is unfair to award preference based on race when all other qualifications are equal.
This not only undermines the means to determining the best candidates, but also serves to de-legitimize the accomplishments of someone who was given preference based on race. Those opposed to affirmative action look to Section 1 of the 14th Amendment.
I believe the minorities of this country have been given enough time to allow for the “cream to rise to the top,” and now must take their equal position alongside the majority. The time is long overdue to stop rewarding underachieving individuals because of their race and start rewarding overachieving individuals because of their accomplishments.
To do otherwise would mean denying the very principles set forth in the 14th Amendment.
All about blocking the president
The people of the state of Kentucky owe the country an enormous debt. They could partially pay it back by seeing that Mitch McConnell never sees the Senate floor again.
McConnell, with his anti-Obama campaign, and the reality-disadvantaged tea party have effectively shut down the legislative process for four years. McConnell has blocked everything that had even a hint of Obama’s approval.
The country and Obama’s ability to administrate have been severely damaged because of the absence of any legislative progress.
The president and the United States have two years to recover and move the country forward if we have a Congress that will emerge from its slumber and pass legislation that is in the public interest.
A step in the right direction would be to purge McConnell and the extreme members of the tea party in the 2014 election.
C. Richard Weaver
Full disclosure for fracking
It upsets me that the politicians focus on jobs and the economy when talking about hydraulic fracturing, but ignore or minimize the risks and consequences of this very dangerous industry.
The oil and gas drilling industry uses numerous hazardous, toxic chemicals that pose very serious risks to emergency medical technicians, firefighters and medical workers who may need to respond to an emergency involving the transporting of these chemicals or the storing and use of them at a drilling site.
Ohio is violating the federal emergency planning law by exempting the oil and gas industry from having to fully disclose the toxic chemicals that are being used in the process of hydraulic fracturing.
The people who live near these sites are potentially being exposed to very dangerous chemicals that can contaminate their air and water, and the politicians don’t seem to take their concerns seriously.
These toxic chemicals pose a much greater risk to first responders due to the nature of their job. Isn’t it our moral and legal obligation to protect these emergency workers from unnecessary harm?
Does the oil and gas industry have such a strong hold on our politicians that common-sense safety measures can be ignored? If we are going to allow hydraulic fracturing to take place in our state, then our legislators need to support the Fracking Emergency Medical Right to Know Act that would guarantee full chemical disclosure to doctors, nurses and EMS responders, so they can go into emergency situations properly prepared, as required by law.
Ohio needs to start making and enforcing laws that protect and benefit our citizens, not jeopardize our health and well-being.
Imprisoned for life
George Zimmerman’s “imprisonment” began the moment those “not guilty” words were spoken in the courtroom. He then went into hiding. Will it be for weeks? Probably, it will be for months, maybe years.
That is a heavy mantle of confinement. And when Zimmerman comes out of that confinement, he will be looking over his shoulder, for the rest of his life. All this confinement will be paid for by Zimmerman, not the taxpayers of Florida.
Folks are saying he will get his gun back. I wonder if it will make him feel safer as he moves through the changed life that lies ahead.
Has the Akron Police Department abdicated all responsibility for one-eyed cars (one headlight missing) and loud, muffler-less cars?
I’ve lived here almost all of my 60 years and cannot remember when there were so many cars out there without a headlight or muffler. If I am correct, that is a violation of the law, not to mention a hazard to other drivers.