IF NECESSARY, BENCH HIM
Alabama football head coach Nick Saban was intelligent enough to replace a quarterback during a national title game because the player wasn’t performing up to standards.
So Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone and his boss, Tom Coughlin, should be just as intelligent in handling quarterback Blake Bortles.
If it is necessary to make a quarterback change during today’s game, Marrone and Coughlin must do so to give the Jaguars a chance to win.
Pat Orban, Fruit Cove
PLEASE IMPROVE THEM
My form of exercise is walking the area parks on a daily basis.
But during the past year, many of these parks have been taken over by drug dealers, vagrants and others who spoil the experience.
A park tennis court easily becomes a widely known area for dealing drugs.
Park benches become good places to camp out while you hang your belongings nearby and leave all kinds of clutter — soda cans, food wrappers and paper bags — around.
And if you are a good ole boy with a big truck that has huge tires, you are free to come to a park during an evening and do circles and wheelies in the dry bed of a pond.
Whenever the pond fills up with rain, you can have even more fun with your big truck by doing your circles and other antics in the water.
There is a park that was once a popular place for the elderly to walk their dogs.
And for people to sit and read a book.
And for mothers to take their children to just run and play.
But not anymore.
I hope that the city will start to clean up these areas.
Spring is right around the corner.
The parks will be full of people.
They should be full of people who can enjoy being there.
Elaine Tworkowski, Jacksonville
IT’S OBVIOUS TO ALL
While recently scrolling the video selections at a Redbox rental kiosk, I was astounded by the number of “shoot ‘em up” movies — there was one after another.
Yet Hollywood entertainers have the nerve to go on late-night talk shows and bash responsible gun owners.
Then there are the Hollywood glamour women who are barely dressed while posing on the covers of the magazines you see in grocery checkout lines.
Yet they are the same women who go on shows like “The View” and talk about how men look at them as though they were pieces of meat.
When members of the Hollywood elite show up at rallies and protests to oppose President Donald Trump, they bash rich millionaire corporate executives.
Yet they have no problem showing off their extravagant lifestyles on shows like “Entertainment Tonight” and “Extra.”
The hypocrisy of Hollywood is clear for all to see.
Joe Edelson, Jacksonville
FOCUS ON NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Despite taking credit for the exemption from offshore oil drilling in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott was not responsible for it.
Plenty of others in Florida, including U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, had also requested the change.
And as long as President Donald Trump owns Mar-a-Lago, his very-profitable oceanfront hotel in Palm Beach, there will be no drilling along our Atlantic shore.
It’s just too bad that protecting all of America’s fisheries and waterfront businesses is not reason enough to maintain former President Barack Obama’s moratorium on drilling.
But here is the real question:
Why we are still depending on old technologies that risk contaminating our land and waters — which is what drilling, bulldozing and fracking do?
Surely a more intelligent enterprise is to further develop wind, solar and other energy options that won’t endanger our environment.
I have often wondered why we haven’t done more study into harnessing the energy of the Gulf Stream — or that of the Mississippi River.
Why not offshore turbines?
The potential profit is enormous, and it would come without the costs and environmental risks of dams, nuclear power, etc.
Luann Bennett, Jacksonville
LIVING A BETTER LIFE
CONSIDER A VEGAN DIET
New Year’s resolutions usually involve promises to eat a better diet and to get more exercise.
For years now I have encouraged my patients to change their diet.
But I had no idea how hard that was to do in America because we have been raised on all of the food groups (and plenty from each).
Four years ago, however, I discovered the power of a vegan diet.
It is a diet with no:
• Milk or cheese.
• Animal protein — such as chicken and beef.
• Oils that convert to bad cholesterol.
I tell my patients that I believe this kind of diet will reduce the risk of bad diseases when they become older.
Unfortunately, however, I find that only one out of 10 patients will seriously consider giving up their hamburgers and chicken fingers.
Yet the ones who do see real reductions in their weight, cholesterol, blood sugar and pain from conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia.
Choosing the right foods to eat can make all the difference.
William V. Choisser,