Opinion

Winter Wonder

Soft and white

Making a collage in the snow

Blended in dream-like effects of illusions long ago

For window panes and frosted frames

Designed to make them glow

Send an angel near

would appear

dancing to natures show.

-Deirdre Henry, Ocean Breeze, FL

Two big lies among many

President Trump is well known for telling lies. Two of his biggest lies have to do with the wall and the tariff. Trump says that China is paying for the tariffs and that Mexico would pay for the wall.

The American consumer is paying for the tariff when they buy products made by China. The wall is being paid for by taxes diverted from the military budget.

If you are interested in finding out the many other lies that President Trump is telling do a Google search “Donald Trump lies”. The lies are numerous and they increase almost daily. It is not fake news it is a sad story.

Mockingbird Media

To the author of Mockingbird Media, I admire your courage and critical thinking skills. I, too, was a staunch liberal for a long time. Now the unfounded 'news reports' and obvious opinion in reporting the news on the traditional channels is just too apparent to ignore. Everyone can see bias and a frankly hateful attitude presented in a news report. It is sad to see, but with a little investigation one can discover the truth and the complete context. No one agrees on everything any politician says, but we should evaluate the news reports and keep in mind we all want what is best for the country as a whole. I hope more people will follow your lead and learn to think for themselves.

Let's make things right

There is one aspect that we, as a community, have overlooked. No one did it intentionally. It was very inadvertently. But we, as a community, must make it right!

We do not have a playground, a water play area or sports field that are specifically designed for special needs children and young adults. Honestly, I’m ashamed. Every person deserves the opportunity to play on a playground and participate in league sports. No wheelchair or walker or any other “special” ability should ever replace one of the most natural activity. And the parents, the family members deserve to have the opportunity to cheer on their favorite all star! How did we, as a community, overlook those with challenges?

As a community, we need to right this wrong. I started two years ago and I’m now gathering community support to build a “Field of Dreams” in Indian River county. It’s a project for and from our great community. Children, young adults, parents and families dream of such a recreational facility. As a community we can make those dreams come true. Through the commitment to create inclusion we create fun for everyone. A place where wheelchairs and walkers are welcome and fun is the only requirement. The “Field of Dreams” is well deserved and long overdue.

In the coming months, I ask for your support to make this dream a reality, All Access Play, INC, will be updating the community about the developments. We all have the opportunity to become “Dream Makers”.

What happened to sensible driving?

Why have a large number of drivers gotten so selfish, rude, careless, lazy and dangerous?

I'm, of course referring to the lack of turning signal usage. The other situation, equally dangerous, is the absence of lights when it's raining or dark. A third issue is one requiring inspection of the lights on the vehicle. Since former Governor Bob Graham stopped state vehicle inspections, this has become a big issue. Since it is a law that lights are to be on in the rain, that should be automatic. Lights on after 8 p.m. should be a no-brainer too.

I think the lights on in the rain can be solved by making lights automatically come on when the wipers do. That is up to the manufacturers and should be no problem to do.

Tip for hot cars/trucks

I found an item that might help the UPS guys with the hot truck. It' an Arctic Air that you could probably put on your dash and you can also order the filters There is also an Arctic Cap or large brim hat. This one is in the Dream Products catalog. You can also find it in the Heartland catalog. Maybe this will help.

Anyone can be homeless

Why do so many feel the need to demean the homeless? I've met and talked to many homeless people, no problem. Demean them and their suffering to their face, then you'll see what repeated knives to the heart can do to a person.

Why are so many blind to their pain? Because people just have to have someone to blame for their own discomfort, so they make up stories about them, citing “the facts” based on “I'm afraid,” or “uncomfortable,” but not because of any real reason, just bias. Where are they to go or sleep? They would have a shelter but those with homes vehemently protested against it. Homeless people are simply people who've found themselves in insurmountable circumstances. They're no worse than anyone else.

The number one cause of homelessness is lack of affordable housing; not unemployment. Many can and do work. One fourth of all homeless people are children, thousands are veterans and many are women. Nearly 80% are victims of violence and have some sort of debilitating issue. Most seek work, but people won't hire you if they know you're homeless.

Until recently Florida was number one in homeless hate. California is now number one. They achieved that status after many lost their homes to disasters. Now 30% of the homeless attacks and killings occur in California. Big disasters can happen to anyone, anywhere. You could be next.

2nd Amendment is not open invitation

Let's remember what the 2nd Amendment was written for and let's remember that it is not a promotion to be a terrorist or domestic violence abuser. Let's not forget that we need to teach our children better.

Benches at bus stops

I've been a lifelong resident here and I've noticed a lot of people at bus stops have a very difficult time standing at bus stops without benches or protection from rain or lighting. I've actually been one of them at one point.

My hope is that we can get together as a society with either Melbourne or Cocoa city council to at least get some benches for people from protection from the elements.

Democrats have changed

Most of the Democrat presidential candidates have presented themselves as socialists.

Approximately 60 years ago, the United States had a Democrat president who was murdered by a socialist. The Democratic Party has sure changed in the last three score years.

Lagoon needs action, not words

There have been a lot of forums and discussions about this, but nothing is getting done. We need to take drastic action on our lagoon because our lagoon is dying.

I've been a resident here for fifty-five years and people used to catamaran and ski and everyone would enjoy it, but not it's just digusting.

I don't even think I'd eat a fish caught in the river today which is pathetic.

Violent games to blame

My concern is about school violence and the school shootings that happen all the time. The World Health Organization says that mental illness is on the rampage due to the internet, especially these games these kids play.

They're all violent and this has younger peoples, maybe even older peoples, minds messed up. I know back in the 1950's, 60's and 70's when I was in school, we didn't have any school shootings at all. We had just as many guns available as we do now. The big difference is the internet and these violent games. They sit there and play them and they're all violent.

It's not the guns. The people kill, not the guns.

Mental illness and gun violence

Mental illness is not something new. I am convinced that our legislators are just sitting back and watching everyone kill each other.

Mental illness has been around for many many years all they had to do was create a law which stated that if you had any known mental illness whether you have been Baker acted, which by the way was created to stop gun violence or put into a institution or placed on medication for mental illness, then your right to bear arms should be forbidden.

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