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Letters to the Editor - July 27

July 27, 2013

Heath’s opinion fuels embers of racism

To the editor:

Why does The Herald-Mail print an opinion (Terrance Heath from Campaign for America’s Future, a far left, progressive organization in D.C.) from someone no one has ever heard of or who has no influence on the communities this paper serves?

His opinion about the Travon Martin/George Zimmerman trial fuels the about-to-go-out embers of racism into a fire by insinuating that the altercation and subsequent trial and acquittal was all about race. It never was. Even prominent people on both sides of the trial, prosecution, defense and even Martin’s family attorney said that racism was never involved. It was an unfortunate self-defense occurrence that ended a young man’s life. The media and the Al Sharptons of the world simply sensationalized the event to promote their own well-being. Mr. Heath wrote that “he’s (George Zimmerman) got the gun he used to end that young man’s life.” Zimmerman does not have the gun. The Department of Justice has put a “hold” on all evidence used in the trial, including the gun. However, I believe he should get it back.

Where are those hypocrites when dozens of young black men are killed virtually every weekend in Chicago by other young black men? Why aren’t they discussing a solution to the fact that approximately 93 percent of every black killed in the U.S. is killed by another black. Where were they when a young black man shot (in the face) and killed a 14-month old baby?

The Herald-Mail should be ashamed of itself to get caught up in promoting this racism nonsense by printing this opinion.

Marc Scott
Hagerstown


There’s much we don’t know about Zimmerman trial

To the editor:

My thoughts about the George Zimmerman trial.

First, I got so tired of it being discussed on CNN 24/7 for at least a week after the verdict. Well, it seemed like they didn’t understand that it was over and done. Look, there is so much we really don’t know about it, but let us imagine we are George Zimmerman on guard duty to protect the local community from break-ins and robberies.

Now it’s rainy and dark, then here comes a hooded individual into the area. We say, “Hey there, who are you looking for, may I help you?” If I was the hooded person, I would have responded by telling him who I was and why I was there. Now as I said, it is difficult to know what caused the altercation between them, but it seems to me George Zimmerman had a responsible job and was trying to do what he was there to do.

Now should he have had a gun? Well, I think he had a permit. Should he have used it? You’ll have to decide that, but it’s sad that it came to that, causing the death of Trayvon Martin. I am a little surprised at the not-guilty verdict, but I understand how it could be, according to the laws in place.

I don’t think George Zimmerman will find a peaceful life and, of course, Trayvon Martin is dead. 

Jack Myers
Hagerstown


Justice Davis’ remarks have been troubling

To the editor:

Yikes!

The recent partisan political pronouncements of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis have been truly troubling.

Most Mountaineer families want and deserve judges and magistrates who are independent triers and finders of fact.

Del. Larry D. Kump
R-Berkeley/Morgan

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