STOP THE SPEEDING
Maybe more lives could be saved if the police were patrolling the Buckman Bridge while cars are zooming in and out of the lanes at approximately 90 mph — as I recently observed — rather than giving out tickets to people jaywalking in their neighborhoods.
Maintaining public safety by issuing speeding tickets on the Buckman Bridge should be a higher priority than walking while black, green, yellow or white.
And it would probably a better use of our taxpayer dollars, too.
Helaine Morrow, Jacksonville
RESTORING RIGHTS of ex-felons
FOCUS ON VOTING, NOT GUNS
I’m writing to comment on Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi’s story on state Rep. Cord Byrd’s proposed bill.
Byrd’s bill would allow individuals who have served prison and probation sentences for felonies to file petitions in court to have their voting and gun rights restored.
The problem in Florida today that needs to be addressed is restoring voting rights to former felons. At the moment, there are more than 1.5 million former felons in this state. Restoring gun rights, however, is a totally different subject.
I have watched Gov. Rick Scott’s so-called clemency hearings for voting-rights restitution on the Florida Channel.
They are a mockery.
Apparently Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi view themselves as hereditary nobility who possess a divine right to rule.
Is Byrd unfamiliar with the minuscule number of former felons who have had their right to vote restored since 2010?
There have only been a few hundred; compare that to the approach taken by previous Gov. Charlie Crist, who restored voting rights to tens of thousands of former felons over a four-year period.
Byrd’s campaign literature stated that he is a conservative.
But aren’t conservatives against taxation without representation?
People who have completed their sentences and their probation ought to be able to vote, since they are once again paying taxes.
However, I oppose a liberal policy — like the one Byrd has proposed — for restoring gun rights to former felons.
Returning the ballot to a former felon is not the same as restoring gun rights to a former felon.
Michael Hoffmann, Duval County
CRITICS OF TRUMP’S FITNESS
AN UNFAIR RAP
I read the recent column by Leonard Pitts Jr., who continues to call President Donald Trump unfit for office.
I suppose that Pitts has a right to his opinion. But I believe there have been several presidents who actually proved they were unfit for office.
Jimmy Carter will go down as one of the most inept presidents of all time.
Bill Clinton was too busy covering up his lies and committing adultery to be a fit president.
And, of course, Barack Obama — whose claim to fame was being a community organizer and a U.S. senator for three years — was certainly unfit as he often violated the Constitution.
It is too soon to call Trump unfit.
He should be referred to as “unconventional,” for he certainly has a lot of bluster.
But Trump is also getting things done that are good for the country — and for the world.
Calvin Johnson, Jacksonville
A LOCAL TREASURE
My take on the Jacksonville Jaguars is that they are a non-polluting business that’s in the sports and entertainment industry.
They have a direct payroll of over $170 million.
Their employees live here most of the year and spend money locally.
They buy houses and cars in our area.
They eat in restaurants in our area.
They use all sorts of services in our area.
They are a boost to our local economy.
They provide thousands of ancillary and game-day jobs.
Their owner has taken an interest in helping to develop our city, and he has backed up his words with action and money.
Their players are constantly helping out charities and doing other good works in our community.
They have donated millions to local nonprofits.
And they have been essential in putting Jacksonville on the national map.
Everyone has their own decision to make, but I feel that it’s good for my city to support the Jaguars. Go Jags!
William R. Cesery, Jacksonville