Letters to the Editor: Nov. 30, 2021

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Jurors in Rittenhouse trial deserve praise

Kudos to the jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial!

Praise to them for their honesty and bravery in the face of very likely riots on the part of liberal activists. Their intelligence was demonstrated in their careful deliberation.

Congratulations to Kyle and his family and to the great job done by the defense attorneys.

America is fed up with riots, murders, destruction of private property and lying by politicians.

When are people going to learn that everybody's life matters, not just Black and liberal lives? When is racism going to stop being a convenient excuse for actions said and done?

In this case, the prosecution was guilty of racism and false accusations. Imagine the prosecutor pointing a rifle at the jury. Imagine the continuing fake statements the state continued to make.

Americans are waking up to the damage done to our beloved country, and to us, by the radical left. We have begun to fight back. God bless America and may He protect us from evil.

Nancy Celano, Sebastian

After Rittenhouse verdict, media continued to spread lies

Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges. The jury looked at all the evidence and found his claim of self defense credible.

Rittenhouse shot only when he feared for his life. Joseph Rosenbaum was shot when he grabbed for Rittenhouse’s gun, Anthony Huber was shot to stop him from using his skateboard to hit Rittenhouse in the head, and finally Gaige Grosskreutz was shot after his aimed his gun at Kyle’s head.

If that wasn’t self defense what would be?

Unfortunately, many in the media have not accepted the verdict and continue to spread lies. Some have claimed that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist hellbent on killing for racist reasons, but ignore the fact all three shot were white.

In fact, Kyle’s action had nothing to do with race. He was motivated to come to Kenosha to protect businesses and administer first aid.

Some in the media lied when they said he carried a gun across state lines. Or that he had no reason to be there, ignoring that he has family in Kenosha.

These people want to blame Rittenhouse, but fail to blame the rioters who looted and burned businesses during the protest.

The big question has to be why do so many in the media so often misrepresent the truth? Why do they want you to believe the United States is a systemically racist country, that white people are the problem?

There used to be a time when we wanted a colorblind society; not so much any more. They see racism in every aspect of our lives, including our roads.

If the U.S. is so bad, why do so many people risk everything to come here? It doesn't make sense. Bring back common sense.

Betsy DiBenedetto, Vero Beach

Nathan Archer cartoon
Nathan Archer cartoon

Driver who honked at me was right

To the owner of an SUV with the sticker: "If you cause an accident when my kids are in the car I will kick your A**.”

I was on my way to the doctor one recent morning and cut you off as you were making a left-hand turn from Oslo Road onto 27th Street in Vero Beach. You had the right of way, and when you honked at me. It took me a while to figure out what had happened.

Well, I misjudged the intersection. You were right, I was wrong, and your intervention will make me a better driver. Thanks, especially for not getting out and kicking my A**, even though I deserved it.

Harry Koerner, Vero Beach

Martin County should plan for shift to electric cars

Much has been written lately about the Martin County Comprehensive Plan and how it will take us into the future.

Development opportunities have always been a part of Martin County’s reality. But the question is not if we should grow. The question is how can our leaders best guide growth to create the kind of community we want.

Martin County’s four-story limit is a major achievement. It’s one of the reasons I chose to live here and a source of pride every time I cross a bridge.

But that rule deals with the vertical dimension of community planning. There is a horizontal dimension in Martin County that is stuck in the past.

Does anybody still believe that electric vehicles are not the future of local and urban transportation? Certainly not Wall Street, nor the companies that manufacture vehicles.

E-bikes and neighborhood electric vehicles are the fastest growing segment of the transportation marketplace.

Martin County has an opportunity that the “built-out” counties around us do not. We can envision a community with many more of the small electric vehicles that are just now exploding onto the market.

We can require developers and county projects to adhere to that vision and to contribute to connected trails, dedicated bike routes and better support facilities as a condition of obtaining approvals in Martin County.

We just need a comprehensive plan that establishes the standards and requirements.

We’ve all seen large projects in and around our neighborhoods. Every one of these projects should make It easier, safer and cheaper for you to get to work, school, or to recreation or shopping.

We are about to have even more to spend on local transportation infrastructure. Why not design it to reduce traffic congestion, use less energy and make people’s lives easier and healthier?

Jerry DeSantis, Stuart

This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Letters to the Editor: Nov. 30, 2021

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