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Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell, pictured, and Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma are among sheriffs who have said they are refusing to uphold laws they've decided are unconstitutional restrictions on gun ownership.
Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell, pictured, and Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma are among sheriffs who have said they are refusing to uphold laws they've decided are unconstitutional restrictions on gun ownership. (Kayla O'Brien / Orlando Sentinel)

Sheriffs can’t disregard country’s laws

One can’t imagine what could more frightening than our sheriff and police departments who decide they do not need to follow federal or state laws no matter the issue. Since when does law enforcement get to pick and choose the laws they will enforce (“Sheriffs’ oath demands they uphold entire Constitution," Jan. 22)?

The Lake County Commission, in their vague resolution with the support of Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell, declared themselves the arbiter of state and federal laws. That shows their disregard of our country’s laws. This puts them in the same position as any other criminal. We should expect a much higher standard for our law enforcement and elected officials.

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Kathy Weaver Clermont

Don’t like Mallard? Don’t read it

Why is it that when an individual finds something offensive, as in Mark Burns’ letter about Mallard Fillmore, they decide that no one should have the opportunity to read it (“Mallard Fillmore ‘Liberals’ series over line,” Jan. 18)?

I gave up reading Doonesbury about 20 years ago, because I found that Garry Trudeau’s brand of humor was not to my liking. Never did I suggest that it should be banned. Therein lies the difference. If Mr. Burns doesn’t like a particular comic, article, opinion piece, or advertisement, don’t read it, but allow those of us with an open mind to make our own decisions.

Joe Mussoline Sorrento

Thanks to Maxwell for keeping up the good fight

I would like to thank and applaud Scott Maxwell for not taking the buyout offered to him recently, as discussed in his column (“Once again, Tribune wants veteran journalists to leave," Jan. 17).

He is one of the few people in this town who still holds state and local politicians accountable. The fact that he is willing to continue to do so rather than take a buyout speaks volumes about his character. I may not personally always agree with him but he is always factual and fair which is getting harder and harder to find in today’s various journalism.

Without Scott’s reporting, no doubt many politicians and local power players would feel that they have no one keeping them in check for their decisions.

So thank you, Scott, for staying. Keep up the good fight; we hear you and appreciate you.

Brenda Abarah Orlando

I-4 needs better traffic enforcement

As I drive I-4 between Orlando and Tampa, during my frequent trips to visit family, I often wonder why it is the most dangerous highway in the country.

It must be because of the mountainous terrain and hairpin turns.

No, it must be because of all the potholes.

No, it must be because of all the snow and ice.

No, it must be because of the heavy traffic or tourists who don’t visit other states.

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No, perhaps it is because of the culture and driving habits here. Yes.

It seems to me that the problem is lax enforcement. If the State Patrol would ticket people for “improper lane change," as I have been in another state, it would generate millions of dollars every day that would benefit law-abiding citizens.

Until then, keep cutting in and out of traffic until your accident and see how your insurance rates change.

Tony Delcavo Denver

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