Trump crass

In early 2000, I thought I might be a John McCain supporter, even though at that nascent stage of my political awareness I was already disliking the Republican platform and their politicians, as it became quickly apparent to me, they were no more than the political shill of the wealthy.

McCain’s support for a variety of bad Republican-backed policies over the years clarified the misconception I had of the man. Then in 2008, he did what I consider to be the absolute worst thing any Republican politician has ever done in my lifetime, potentially putting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a nitwit, within a stone’s throw of the presidency by make her his presidential running mate. That still boggles the imagination.

All that said, McCain was a legitimate war hero in every way, and for that part of his life he has my admiration in a way that few people ever will. That Donald Trump was so crass in his 2016 campaign about McCain’s service only shows what an incredibly small person he really is. Upon McCain’s death, Trump once again reverted to his narcissistic, spoiled child behavior, telling us only what we already knew all too well.

Tom Thorpe

New Port Richey

Limits good

Another election is upon us and, like always, I won’t vote for a candidate. I will vote against the one I trust the least.

I will never get excited about any congressional candidate until they convince me they will honestly push for term limits for members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. I am fed up with candidates claiming to be for the people but who are only interested in keeping their cushy jobs.

Term limits make sense — not career politicians.

Thank you for keeping your publication open to both sides of the political arena. Your common-sense approach to the news is rarely seen these days.

Leeman Hackworth


Coyote ideas

Regarding the letter to the editor “Coyote Ugly,” we can do things to keep coyotes at bay.

First, cats and dogs must be licensed and leashed. Leaving pets to roam freely is fair game for the coyote and if nothing else may subject them to disease. Also, fencing can be a deterrent unless deed restrictions prevent such action.

Secondly, eliminate food sources like: pick up garbage and ripe fruit on the ground; keep pet food inside; cover fish ponds; don’t spread bird seed; remove junk piles as rabbits can breed and live there; and remove water sources.

Regarding the abundance of mosquitoes resulting from the demise of “cats, raccoons, armadillos, rats, snakes, lizards, birds, doves” by coyotes, cited in the letter, bats, dragonflies, frogs, and toads also consume large quantities of mosquitoes, as do fish. Also, snakes eat rats, lizards and birds, and coyotes aren’t the only wildlife to dine on armadillos; so do raccoons, hawks and other birds of prey.

As a side note, armadillos are destructive creatures, and in the South they can carry the bacterium that causes leprosy, so household pets and humans should be kept away from them.

By taking our own initiative, coyotes can become less of a nuisance. If that doesn’t work, perhaps contacting a licensed wildlife trapper may be advisable.

Barbara Kanehl

Palm Harbor