Letters to the editor

Vote for America’s good

If the American people don’t start voting for what is good for America, there won’t be America. It will be a welfare state. Our forefathers had it right; if you don’t work for it, you don’t get it. It’s impossible for a few people to work to support the ones that are too lazy to work.

Please stand up and vote for what is good for America.

Glenn Stegall


Women’s Equality Day

On Aug. 26, women across our state and great nation will gather to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the date in 1920 when the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was finally ratified after a 72-year struggle by women to win that right.

However, it was not until 1971 that the United States Congress designated Aug. 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day as the result of legislation brought forth by Representative Bella Abzug of New York.

Since 1971, every sitting U.S. president has issued a proclamation in honor of this historic event.

I hope everyone will take time to celebrate this momentous occasion. The Democratic Women’s Club will host a celebration of this great day at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. All are welcome.

Millie Grime


U.S. allies

We lost another brave serviceman in Afghanistan this week, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.

This same day, attacks wounded other U.S. servicemen and those of our allies fighting by our side. This included a German general as well.

It is important to remember that our troops are still in harm’s way. It is also important to remember who our allies are in an uncertain world.

It is very simple to determine. Ask who fought and died alongside our soldiers in combat. Then you know who our real friends are.

The following are the nations who had soldiers that gave their lives fighting with us in Afghanistan or Iraq: Albania, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey,

Ukraine and the UK.

It is also worth noting that of the world’s 196 countries, only these few were willing to fight and die with us in our time of need. These allies should be remembered in our thoughts and prayers when we pray for our troops. They put their sons and daughters on the line for us. We owe them that.

Dana B. Orr

Avon Park