Parker wants us to accept ‘biblical’ values
Funny that Star Parker, in her Nov. 12 column, says our country keeps moving left. The 13 colonies were strung along the “right” side of this continent.
Then Americans went looking for “free” land beyond the Appalachians, after first the Brits cleared out the French and Indians at great expense.
Then further “left” across the Mississippi, and over two more mountain ranges to the Pacific, and even across the other ocean to Hawaii and the Philippines.
Parker is worried about government expanding fiscally into people’s lives. Yet the U.S. Constitution sure seems to give the government a whole lot of powers to do stuff, as long as there are regular accountings, and it is done fairly.
Our founding fathers seemed way more worried about religion taking control. See the very First Amendment. Read George Washington. But here goes Parker insisting we accept “biblical” values.
The first part of the Bible tells us to be stewards of His creation. “Conserve” means “save,” doesn’t it?
Parker asserts that Republicans have grown more “conservative.” So how can they demand more drilling for oil, more mining for minerals and continuing to clear cut trees?
The Tower of Babel is in the Bible too, warning us not to try to search for heaven. Yet former President Donald Trump increased spending for NASA to $42 billion a year, while cutting the budgets of so many government entities that do take care of planet Earth.
Was it Republican Gov. Rick Scott who poured more concrete on the beach for “Space Florida”? What kind of toxins are going into our air and water?
Florida Republicans still continue to refuse to expand Medicaid, for 10 years now. Brings to mind the biblical tale of the Pharaoh “hardening his heart.”
“War is over, if we want it,” John Lennon said. Do we?
Helen Frigo, Jensen Beach
Biden’s security wall: ‘For me, but not for thee’
Taxpayer dollars are being used to build a security wall costing more than $445,000 around President Joe Biden’s $2.7-million-dollar beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Biden chose to keep himself safe and secure, but canceled contracts to complete the southern border wall that would assist in keeping Americans safe and secure.
Biden has not visited the southern border to evaluate the continuation of constructing the border wall to enhance security and safety for Americans.
This is just another example of Biden's belief “for me, but not for thee.”
The southern border with Mexico has seen the highest level of border crossings by illegal migrants in 35 years. According to The New York Times, migrants were encountered 1.7 million times in the last 12 months, the highest number of illegal crossings recorded since at least 1960.
Data released by U.S. Customs Border Protection revealed that in August, 208,887 illegal migrants were apprehended trying to enter our country through the southern border.
American citizens living in Texas cities that border with Mexico have not felt safe and secure with the entry of thousands of illegal migrants at the southern border.
Another large caravan of migrants is passing through Mexico traveling to the southern border and Biden has not addressed the issue with the American people.
Biden has ignored the safety and security of American citizens while he used taxpayer dollars to secure his own safety. A president should advocate to protect and secure the safety of American citizens.
Pam Ouellette, Jensen Beach
Children’s play teaches essential skills
Children’s play serves many purposes and provides an excellent vehicle for learning. As teachers, we can guide the development of social-emotional competence by using different strategies.
Play materials can support and challenge children’s abilities. Play promotes problem solving and appropriate risk taking. Play provides appropriate responsibilities and meaningful jobs in the classroom or at home.
Play helps children express their feelings and resolve conflicts in constructive ways. Play supports children as they interact with one another. Play supports children’s memory development.
Play teaches turn-taking and sharing, and models cooperation. Play helps children detect and interpret cues about how other people feel.
Play is also linked to self-regulation skills, memory development, language and literacy skills, math skills, positive approaches to learning, and social skills.
Purposeful, engaging play also supports character development. Character development is about building good habits and habits take time to form. As our kids are playing, they are building character.
Courage: Courage involves making good choices, developing our skills and doing what is right;
Resilience: Grit involves sticking with something until you succeed. It gives us the strength to try, try again;
Responsibility: Means being dependable, making choices, and taking accountability for your actions;
Honesty: Honesty means we are truthful in what we say and do. It means people can rely on us;
Compassion: Means we care about others, treat them with kindness and feel a strong desire to help people in need;
Gratitude: Involves both feelings and expressing our thankfulness. Show our appreciation for others. Know how and when to say “ thank you.”
Through imagination, creativity and music children learn the key skills necessary for school and life.
Alma Collins, Fellsmere
Florida’s appeal is warm weather, not politics
If Gov. Ron DeSantis thinks northerners and Canadians are flocking to Florida because of your schools, roads, etc., created by his Trumpian politics, his incredible ego needs a cold dose of reality. We come to Florida for one thing — the warm weather!
Paul Kozel, Jensen Beach
This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Letters to the Editor: Nov. 26, 2021