ROOFTOP ACTIVITIES

 

LET’S DO MORE of them

I loved the article on how Intuition Ale Works is using its rooftop. It is a great area for activities when the facility is not open for business. Maybe this will make more business owners think about other potential uses for their facilities.

Ruth Saunders, Jacksonville

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JOSHua PHILLIPS

DON’T RELEASE HIM

It would seem that prison has truly been good for Joshua Phillips. It would seem, too, that Phillips has been good for prison.

I believe in forgiveness.

And every person has needed to be forgiven at some point in life.

But forgiveness and physical freedom are two different issues.

For the family of Maddie Clifton and to honor her memory, Phillips needs to remain in prison helping others — as it has been reported he does.

God bless Maddie’s family and Phillips.

Sadly, life just isn’t fair sometimes.

Bonnie Allen, Jacksonville

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SHERIFF mike williams

he’s doing a great job

Our subdivision recently had the “Sheriff’s Walk” where Sheriff Mike Williams stopped by many neighbors’ homes.

As I talked to Williams, I immediately felt his sincerity and devotion to our city’s safety. It was a relaxed conversation, allowing us to open up our hearts and speak freely as he absorbed every word.

Williams is what we have needed for some time, and he just proved it by ending the ridiculous and costly red light camera program that the previous JSO leadership blindly implemented.

The reasoning is that it would reduce accidents at dangerous intersections — but only people can do that.

As we told Williams about our concerns and gave him suggestions, we also heard some of the worries of JSO members. The No. 1 item on their list is their own safety, not only for themselves but for their families.

That’s why I appeal to everyone reading this letter to pray for our reinvigorated protectors. They are trained to respond according to time-proven procedures and should be allowed the freedom to make decisions within those parameters and to their best judgment.

You go, Sheriff Williams!

We will always have your back in helping to keep you and your officers safe.

Art Costa, Jacksonville

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RED LIGHT CAMERAS

THEY ARE still NEEDED

I had a coworker who was killed by a motorist who drove through a red light.

Fatalities are down at intersections that have red light cameras. And while rear end collisions may be up, that’s largely because people are tailgating and not paying attention because they’re too busy texting.

The sheriff is very wrong to drop red light cameras.

Jim Kresge, Jacksonville

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REP. jason FISCHER

he deserves to be praised

In response to the letter from the controversial teacher. I would like to offer some alternatives.

The public schools have been struggling to prepare students to compete for seats in the best universities, and many are unprepared for the jobs that require more advanced skills than what is being taught in many of our schools.

State Rep. Jason Fischer is absolutely on the side of the citizens when he calls for an audit and demands accountability with how public funds are being spent at the Duval County schools.

The reality is that Florida has led the nation in public corruption, and it is important that our legislators hold local school boards accountable for how they handle the money that is allocated for the education of children.

The truth is members of the teachers union all have their eyes on retirement benefits, salary increases, the days off they will receive during the school year and what share of the A-plus bonus money they will get if their school does well.

The children are often forgotten.

Over time the adults become jaded and ineffective and lose that sense of urgency to help those that need help find success.

I had an employee recently withdraw her child and place him in virtual school because of the failure of the public school system.

So when Fischer demands accountability and seeks to expand school choices like charter schools, I stand up and say hooray!

Maybe those who care about education should start to work with him and help Northeast Florida make progress toward gaining its fair share from Tallahassee.

We should applaud state Rep. Fischer!

Douglas Adkins, Fernbandina Beach

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North Korea and trump

support the president

It didn’t take long for the liberal, politically correct, mainstream media to chastise President Donald Trump for responding to North Korea’s threats by warning that nation would face “fire and fury.”

This president is doing his very best to keep our country safe despite all the opposition from the left — and from some in his own party.

We would never have gotten to this point if it wasn’t for the failed policies of the previous administration.

I hope for our country’s sake that Trump’s message doesn’t go unheeded.

Remaining strong in the face of adversity is the best defense.

Joseph Sanzone, Jacksonville