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Palm Coast Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 3 years ago

LETTERS: On landscaping, Republicans, safer streets and the disintegration of the family

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Republican Club reinstated, no thanks to Shaffer or Olson

Dear Editor:

The article in last week’s paper, Republican Club ‘back in business’,” about the Flagler County Republican Club’s reinstatement of its Charter was so gratifying to read.

The article explained that Anne-Marie Shaffer, chairwoman of the Republican Executive Committee and member of the Ronald Reagan Republican Assembly, sent a letter of non-renewal to the club in February 2015.

You neglected in include the fact that another member of the Ronald Reagan Assembly, Kim Olson (appointed to fill Anne-Marie Shaffer’s position on the state committee) also signed that letter. Ms. Olson is also the vice-chairwoman of the Flagler County Tea Party.

As you pointed out, this decision was appealed to the Republican Party of Florida who reinstated the club’s Charter. A thank you note to the chairman of the State Republican Executive Committee, Mr. Blaise Ingoglia, would certainly be a positive thing for your readers to do. Chairman Ingoglia stood up, along with other members of the State Republican Executive Committee, and did the right thing. Too few people are willing to do this. You can send your note online here.

I also read a letter to the editor in the same edition of your paper by Kim Olson, the other person who signed the non-renewal letter to the club. It headlined: “In defense of Councilman Nobile,” who is also a member of the Ronald Reagan Republican Assembly.

She has every right to defend one of her own. However, to begin her letter with “I am always amazed when an individual resorts to name calling and labeling rather than intellectually discussing an issue” is amazing to me. When did she have an intellectual discussion, or any discussion, with any of the club members before signing a letter full of name-calling and fabrications? Kim Olson needs to take a long look in the mirror and have an intellectual discussion with herself.

Carol Mikola
Palm Coast

Does it always have to take someone’s dying to wake up?

Dear Editor:

“They’re just unfortunate accidents … ” (emphasis mine)

“There’s not really a common denominator between the three, other than children were involved.”

That’s what Flagler Schools Information Specialist Jason Wheeler said about the three incidents in which children were hit by cars, the last one resulting in the tragic death of Kymora Christian. 

Why do we always have to wait until there is a tragedy to wake up and take action? We are reactive when it comes to making important changes in policies and laws; it always seems to be a case of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

The “common denominator” doesn’t matter — after the first incident, and certainly now after the petition, something has to be done to protect the children. We can and must prevent another “unfortunate accident.”

The front-page article on the Oct. 15 Palm Coast Observer wasn’t even a “featured story” online. I think this deserves to be on the featured page — NEWS more than “COPS CORNER: Thieves target boat storage facility, steal motors.”

Deborah Susswein
Palm Coast

Editor’s Note: On palmcoastobserver.com, priority is given to the newest story that has been published. We have published three stories related to Kymora Christian; each has appeared as the top story online.

Domestic violence has increased as the family has disintegrated

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to Ms. Wadsworth’s article on domestic violence. It was way too politically correct.

This subject infects all spectrums of society, from the richest down to the poorest sectors of each town, city and state in the USA. What’s unfortunate is that the term “domestic violence” is used primarily to identify abusive relationships between husbands and wives. In many cases, the violence between husbands and wives transition down to abusive relationships between parent and child.

Ever since the industrial revolution occurred, the fabric our society thrived on — the family — has been displaced.

Even more tragic is that children who grow up in abusive homes, watching their moms and dads hurt each other, will often replicate that behavior in their own relationship, thus perpetuating the cycle of violence. I have witnessed many times in a 30-plus year career in social service work that the offspring of the parents I worked with duplicate their parents’ methods, leading to them to also come into conflict with state and local agencies, including law enforcement, child protection services and the court system.

It is tragic because there is no easy fix.

It took generations for our society to reach this critical state. Ever since the industrial revolution occurred, the fabric our society thrived on — the family — has been displaced. Husbands left the farm to find meaningful work, and then families became redefined.

Raising a family is stressful with many barely making it. Divorce rates have increased dramatically. The fabric on which we were founded is just a fading memory.

Families used to work together on the farm and gathered together for meals and counted their blessings. We have become a lawyer-driven nation where our Constitution has been trampled on, and the most important factor, belief in God, has been laid on the wayside.

Belief in God was one of the founding principles that help create America and the American dream. It has been taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance, out of our school and our courts. Belief in God helped shape an attitude and value system that made this country great. Now it’s everyone for themselves, rather than the greater good for all.

Many people don’t want to hear this because it isn’t politically correct. Look at the cesspool that we have become since God has been thrown aside.

Glen Elmer
Palm Coast

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