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To the editor: Panhandlers not causing big problems

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    Black Friday holiday shoppers traffic passes by a panhandler standing near a busy shopping mall in Jonesboro, Ark.

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    A view of the intake area, including a sign warning against contraband, taken on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Lucas County Jail in Toledo.

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    President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with congressional leaders on Thursday.

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Black Friday holiday shoppers traffic passes by a panhandler standing near a busy shopping mall in Jonesboro, Ark.

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Unless panhandlers are threatening or violent, they present no problem at all, whether they really need help or not.

They should be allowed to beg as much as they like. No one has to give them anything.

WALTER F. SCHLEGEL

Colburn Street

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A view of the intake area, including a sign warning against contraband, taken on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Lucas County Jail in Toledo.

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Lots of issues with county jail

I agree that the recent suicide inside the Lucas County jail should not be politicized. However, having spent more time than I care to remember in the Lucas County jail, the politicians are half correct. 

It is hard for the officers to watch over all the units. Typically there are two to three officers in a booth with cameras watching over anywhere from four to eight units, depending on which floor you’re on. That is never going to be conducive to good security for anyone.

Plus, a lot of the cops are too busy to see what’s going on. If I had to make an educated guess, I’d say 75 percent of illegal activity goes unnoticed inside the jail. And you wonder how guns, knives, and drugs get inside? 

NICHOLAS WOYTYSHYN

Port Charlotte , Fla. 

Republicans are hypocrites

Women in America wake up every morning knowing that the President of their country has been accused of groping at least 11 women.

This is apparently acceptable behavior for Republican candidates. Accused pedophile Roy Moore has been endorsed by Donald Trump, and the Republican Party is financing his campaign.

The seething hypocrisy is that this is the same party trying to outlaw abortion, thereby forcing women to carry a rapist’s or child molester’s baby to term, even if she is only 14. This double standard for sexual behavior is humiliating and demeaning for women. It reinforces the discrimination we face every day as citizens of a country where we allegedly have constitutional protections against undue burden and the right to due process, equal protection, and privacy.

SALLY J. KELLER

Sabra Road

No place for bigots in America

The FBI just prevented a mass shooting at a mosque in Florida by a racist white man.

President Trump has said and tweeted nothing about it. It is doubtful he will, since he believes only Muslims and Mexicans are terrorists and the FBI is a “failure.”

I wish we could send white supremacists and racists to Antarctica while there are still glaciers. They would be surrounded by whiteness and would be so happy.

RANDY RUCH

Brookside Road

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President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with congressional leaders on Thursday.

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Trump, not media, is diminishing us

Keith Burris is wrong again. The press has, if anything, been too easy on Donald Trump, whose corrupt, inept, racist, sexist presence in the White House is a national embarrassment (Dec. 3, “Tump hate diminishes the press”).

Mr. Trump’s well-documented lies and boasts of sexual assault would have long ago cost most of us our jobs.

JEFF GUNDY

Bluffton, Ohio

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