Letters to the editor
Highlands TodayPrimary election
Published: July 30, 2012
Published: July 30, 2012
On Aug. 14, Republican voters across Florida will choose who will be their standard bearer in a U.S. Senate contest carrying equal importance to the goal of defeating President Obama. The only authentically conservative candidate who can defeat Sen. Bill Nelson and curb President Obama's agenda is physician and former Congressman Dave Weldon.
As the federal government continues to create endless entitlements, the moral fabric of our country declines because more individuals cede personal responsibility to government dependency. Our U.S. Senate therefore needs more principled leaders like Weldon who understand that the foundation to a vibrant economy begins with the family — the basic building block of society.
Dr. Weldon was a consistent champion of the sanctity of life and liberty during his years representing Florida's 15th Congressional district. Unlike his primary opponent, Connie Mack IV, Weldon holds a 100 percent lifetime score with the National Right to Life Committee and will never waiver on the dignity of the unborn. Weldon values our constitutional right to religious freedom and will fight President Obama's contraception mandate against employers of moral conscience. Not only will Weldon vote to repeal Obamacare, but will lead with an experienced physician's perspective, offering free market solutions that empower individuals and families to take ownership of their health care.
This is not the time to nominate another establishment-oriented candidate like Mack who is simply known because of his father's past public service and lacks his own distinguished record of accomplishment in Congress. Mack's repeated refusal to debate Weldon or to meet with editorial boards across the state is no way to prepare for a general election contest against Nelson.
The Democratic National Committee is already spending millions of dollars to hold on to Nelson's seat, knowing that his defeat will increase the likelihood of losing their narrow majority. Let us ensure that on Aug. 14 we choose a true conservative champion who not only will defeat Nelson, but put an end to President Obama's attack on life and liberty.
My husband and I were shopping June 29 at Winn-Dixie in Sebring Square when he was leaning against a cooler and hooked his cane on it and then inadvertently left it behind.
By the time we got from the meat department to the bread department, we realized neither of us had picked it up and went back to retrieve it and then reported it to the customer service counter. In that short amount of time it was stolen. We have checked with the store several times hoping it was turned in.
My husband had a knee operation two years ago and after two years and 14 subsequent surgeries, he now has a metal rod in his shortened and permanently straight leg. After two years of using a wheelchair and walker, he is just recently back on his feet and is getting used to a cane when he is walking for any length of time. To his credit, he is trying to walk with his new cane rather than using a motorized grocery cart — sparing those carts for folks who need them for their grocery shopping.
Shame of you if you took his cane, knowing that it belonged to someone who obviously needed it. After all, no one carries a cane for no reason. Shame on you for not turning it in to the store's courtesy counter. Shame on you for taking something that was clearly marked with a name and phone number and not contacting us to return the cane. Shame on you for not having any compassion or consideration for your fellow community member.
I only hope that you would reconsider your actions and return it to the grocery store.
Elizabeth Skuta, Sebring