Letters to the editor, March 12

Equally guilty
Beverly Botte recently wrote in to tell us that instead of asking the government to intercede in matters that you are uncomfortable with, that we should simply not participate in those matters-activities.
Well, that is a wonderful idea, but she left out some other important matters that people should not concern themselves with. So I thought I would include them here.
If you don’t want to have a baby, don’t participate in activities that are known to produce a baby. If you don’t believe in the death penalty, don’t murder people. If you don’t like guns, don’t buy one. If you don’t believe in God, don’t go to church or temple.
But most importantly, it is not within your rights to deny any of us who do believe in these rights, the opportunity to exercise them.
It’s kind of odd that the people who scream “keep the government out of my bedroom” are the first to scream for them to take away the rights we are guaranteed in our Constitution. Just remember, whatever you complain about the “other side” doing, you are just as guilty of doing when it comes to them.
Joe Cipriano
Port Richey
Phony? Baloney!
In his op-ed page column Marty Moore called the controversy surrounding the Internal Revenue Service’s dealings with 501(c)(4) political groups “phony.”
Phony? Of the dozens of 501(c)(4) groups that had their tax-exemption applications delayed, not one was liberal-oriented. I’m not saying that there should have been any kind of proportion, but none? That’s no coincidence.
There are still a few organizations that haven’t heard back from the IRS. No “no,” no “yes,” just nothing.
A common media refrain in 2012 was, “Where is the Tea Party”? Not fundraising due to IRS stonewalling, that’s where.
Ernest Lane
Milestone reached
I wanted to thank you for helping us reach a milestone. Joining Hands Mission Church celebrated on March 8, three years and 25,000 breakfasts served. Thank you for running our announcement in your community calendar and helping us reach the community.
Maria Brandes
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