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Opinion

Vouching for vouchers?

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Sept. 11 Anniversary


How has your life changed since the Sept. 11 attacks? Do you think we’ve become a country divided? What are your memories of that day? Share your thoughts.

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Posted by  Jack,  on 11/21  at  05:50 PM

What is AMERICANS? (something tells me it’s a dumb question:D)


Posted by  Frank Adams,  on 08/23  at  07:25 AM

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Posted by  Rex Freiberger, USA on 03/10  at  06:31 PM

I will never forget that day.  I was a Sophomore at Loyola College in Maryland.  I got a phone call from my mom. It was all too surreal.  I have definitely become safety concerned, installing <a href=“http://www.theultimatelock.com/” target=“_blank”>deadbolt door locks</a> on all my doors at my house.


Posted by  Terence Barry, Wesley Chapel FL. on 09/16  at  12:16 PM

UNITED WE STAND was the motto of the day until the Democrats saw that they lost the US Senate. They were not in power at all. So they had to do something. And out came the attacks. They split the Country to gain Political Advantage. So far America has seen thru it. Let’s hope they do again in November!


Posted by  Jason Rhian, Plant City on 09/13  at  12:20 PM

Clinton allowed Osama and his religious zealots to grow more confidant after every attack due to his inaction.  Now whenever someone points out that the Sudanese government tried twice to give him Osama they’re ridiculed.  The sad thing is, this is historical FACT.  The Islamic world started its war on us with the Iran hostage crisis and it hasn’t let up since.  Sadly some Americans follow the edicts of the ACLU and CAIR and believe we can understand and love our enemy.  Instructions to the hijackers of 9/11 refer to their eventuals victims as “animals to be slaughtered” - as much as I abhor war we’re dealing with a monstrous idealogy that must be eradicated from the face of the Earth, the only other choice is extinction.


Posted by  ted church, memphis, tn on 09/12  at  06:28 PM

as tragic as the attack on wtc, what is more tragic is the FACT that people still actually believe the liesfromchimpy that some how saddam and vietraq were instrumental in that attack!  wake up, AMERICANS!!  while chimpy and karli are happily scaring you to death, the taliban is bigger and badder than ever in afghanistan and most of vietraq is in a CIVIL WAR!!

happy now??


Posted by  VERA JOHNSON, Riverview Fl on 09/11  at  05:51 PM

I WARS IN GERMANY I CAME HOME FROM WORK AND TURN THE TV ON AND I SEEN THE REPORT ABOUT WHAT HAPPEND IN NEW YORK FIRST I THOUGHT THEY SHOUW A NEW MOVIE UNTIL I SITT DOUWN AND LISTEN WHAT THEY SAYED I HAD TIERS IN MY EYES SINCE THAN EVERY YEAR WHEN THEY SHOW SOMETHING ABOUT IT I CRY I HAVE A CANDLE ON SINCE THAN MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL THE POEPLE THAT LOST SOMEONE IN THIS 2 TOWERS I LOVE AMERICA I WILL ALWAYS DO


Posted by  Norma Meaker, Brandon, Fl on 09/11  at  01:18 PM

Never forget….The sense of sadness, loss I felt when I took the number 5 train to 52nd Street. Getting of the Staten Island Ferry walking toward Broadway when I hear a stoic boom.  When I sat down I felt a sudden sense of sadness, loss, felt death. I started to cry not knowing why?  The person sitting next to be asked if I was ok. I look up, said no, I feel as if I’m choking and can’t breathe, like someone choking me, maybe its asthma. I prayed.  When I got off at 51st to the street I saw people pointing towards my left side.  I looked and saw both of the twin towers of fire.  I realize I felt the souls of those who were killed. This was not a make up story, I swear of my children it happened.


Posted by  Cathy Starnes, Plant City, Florida on 09/11  at  12:58 PM

I was widowed at the age of 24 and people would not believe me when I told them my situation. 9/11 was the ultimate widow maker and now people realize that anything is possible, however good or bad. I was really, really glad George W. Bush was president when this happened because I knew he was a great person and would deal with this crisis in an appropriate way.


Posted by  Jessica Vitale, Tampa, Originally New York on 09/11  at  12:26 PM

I remember everything about 9/11/01.I was a freshman in college and I just remember my suite-mate saying “we are being attacked”. When I saw the attack on TV, I gasped.My whole family is in NY, and I was miles away.  The events of that day, and the weeks to follow will never leave my heart, or my mind.  I feel that today, 5 years later, this event has been forgotten by too many people.Although opinions of “red” and “blue” people may differ, we must not forget what happend to this WHOLE country 5 years ago. Today is not a day for pointing fingers of blame.Set today, a special day, aside to remember the innocent people trapped in the WTC, the Pentagon, and on flight 93, and heroes who gave their lives to save the lives of strangers.


Posted by  Gayle Deshner, Tampa, FL on 09/11  at  11:44 AM

I was at work when my supervisor came out of her office and told us that her husband had just called and told her.  We were all in shock, some crying.  I called my son’s and daughter’s schools and my husband at work.  We are in this together, like it or not.  Our country has been attacked on our own soil twice since we gained our freedom - one was our own Civil War.  With the exception of the Oklaholma City bombing. This is not our President’s fault or the government’s fault - don’t take the blame off those who perpetrated the crimes.  All of us were victims that day - if not directly, indirectly.  GOD BLESS US ONE AND ALL!


Posted by  bob welter, Palm Harbor on 09/11  at  11:25 AM

I am truly saddened such evil exists in the world today. Let us never forget those who have been taken and let us vow to never let it happen again.


Posted by  Sherri McNamee, Valrico on 09/11  at  09:43 AM

I think everyone around the country felt a personal connection with 9/11 on some level.  The shock and sadness of the attacks affected the entire nation.  I now feel somewhat more nervous when in an airport or any crowded area but I also feel great anger that this heinous act was visited upon us.  We were all living in our safe little world and had no clue this was about to occur on the morning of 9/11. We went to work as usual, then the world, as we knew it, was changed forever.  But I think the tough lesson we learned that day was lost on some of our government officials. You know them, the ones who still insist that just anyone should be allowed to enter the United States of America.


Posted by  Lynda Taylor, Tampa Bay Area on 09/11  at  09:33 AM

Well said Jane…I believe that the entire world was just in shock. As far as our “dumb” President..I have to commend his actions, was he to announce to 100’s of small children what had just happened (as if he knew himself - I don’t believe anyone really knew the magnitude of what had happened)  I personally didn’t know anyone who lost someone that day, but my heart still breaks knowing that WE as a ENTIRE NATION where targets of terrorism..I pray for our Nation under one God…


Posted by  JOE FRANK, FLORIDA on 09/11  at  09:04 AM

I COULD NOT BELIVE IT WHEN IT HAPPENED.
I REMEMBER NOT TURNING OFF THE TV UNTIL WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING. MY WIFE WAS STUCK IN WISSCONSIN. ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT WHEN SHE FINNALY GOT A FLIGHT HOME, WAS WILL IT HAPPEN AGAIN. LIKE EVERYONE I CAN’T GET THE IMAGE OUT OF MY HEAD OF THE BUILDINGS GOING DOWN. AND THINKING ALL THE PEOPLE LOST, BUT THEN I SEE THE PICTURE OF THEM PUTTING UP THE AMERICAN FLAG, AND MY HOPE ARE UP AGAIN.
THE ONLY REAL MESSAGE IS:
NEVER LOSE HOPE AND ALWAYS SAY YOU LOVE THEM.


Posted by  Jane Krug, U.S.A. on 09/11  at  08:29 AM

1. JUDGE NOT LEST YE BE JUDGED
2. DO NOT EVER TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED
3. REMEMBER TO TELL YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS YOU LOVE THEM.
4. STAND UP FOR OUR COUNTRY, AT ALL TIMES.
5. NEVER BE AFRAID TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.
6. THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAN FOOTBALL.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!


Posted by  matt hielsberg, tampa, florida on 09/11  at  07:48 AM

i was coming back in from p.e. class on 9/11/01 when the principal told us on the p.a. system that thw world trade centers were hit. i was shocked at what happened. we were under attack. when i got home that day after school, i turned on the news and watched it for the rest of the day. the same thing was being played over and over again. two of our planes being flown into our wtc buildings. i went to the movies a opening night to see “world trade center”. it was a great movie and explains what went on that day five years ago…....


Posted by  Jessica McCabe, Tampa, FL on 09/11  at  07:23 AM

The country came together for the common cause of the USA. It is natural for people to have different opinions. The ability to express these opinions and learn the opinions of others makes our nation great.  Freedom, makes our nation great.

We all want what is best for our country but seem to be having a tough time deciding on what that is.

To promote freedom, we must ourselves remain free.  We do need to draw some lines to protect ourselves, I just ask myself sometimes if we aren’t drawing too many.  I want us to make sure that the product we promote, freedom & democracy, is as shiny as it can be when we take it on the road with us.

I love my country and nothing can ever change that.  I will give up anything I must to see her safe.


Posted by  Kimberly Viverette, Tampa, Florida on 09/11  at  06:59 AM

My life changed from 9/11 as I made a career change.  I went from a high paying job where I had to travel often on planes, to a lesser paying job that allows me to stay local and only travel very rarely.  When I am at airport security, all I can think of are the terrorists.  I do not think we are a country divided.  I do think our government had the information ahead of time and sat on it and di nothing with it.  I do think there is a coverup in our government and we will never have all of the facts.


Posted by  Betty Harris, Zephyrhills on 09/10  at  12:09 PM

I will never forget that day, it was so heartbreaking to see what was going on. I personally had no members in 9-11,  I just sat and kept praying for the people involved.
I did get very disgusted with our President, that is sitting right here in Florida still reading to children. How did he know, they or whoever targeted the WTC wouldn’t be targeting him sitting with innocent children. I would have removed myself immediately from this situation.
Undoubtly, he was and is dumb because he turned his sights on Iraq instead going after Ben Laden. Now we know he lied about Iraq and we still have Ben Laden threatening us again. God be with the American people, we are no safer than the day 9-11 happened


Posted by  Michelle Rodriguez, Tampa, Florida on 09/10  at  09:05 AM

There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of the events of Sept. 11.  I did not lose anyone close to me, but I do know of people who did.  The effect of that day will always be near the front of my thoughts.  I can’t see an airplane flying by without thinking of it.  I look at a clock and the time is 9:11, whatever little thing it is to make me remember.  I think it is important for all to remember what happened to us the day we came under attack.  Watch the movies, no matter how painful it is.  It helps you remember how angry you were and still are.  God Bless those who lost their lives and especially those who lost their lives trying to save others.  9-11 will forever be remembered.


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Saturday, Apr 19, 2014
Foster mom sheds light on Hakkens' past
A foster mother who cared for Joshua and Sharyn Hakken's sons says she saw signs of neglect long before the couple sailed for Cuba.
Ybor's social clubs in jeopardy
A Sarasota woman was killed when a Tampa woman crashed into her home in Sarasota, police said. SARASOTA POLICE DEPARTMENT
Police: One dead after Tampa woman crashes into Sarasota home
The Art of the Sari: Traditional dress will be common during IIFA

Opinion

Vouching for vouchers?

I’ll admit it. During my time in the Florida Legislature I was generally supportive of school vouchers. I bought into the argument that vouchers were similar in effect to the GI bill and the Florida Resident Access Grants, better known as FRAG.

Editorials:
Editorial: Protecting natural springs should be a priority
Editorial: Turning it down a notch in Ukraine
Editorial: USF meets state’s challenge
Letters:
Letters to the editor: Not worth it
The power of heartfelt giving

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