Letters to the Editor

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Tag: george zimmerman

July
29th

VERDICT: Cuthbertson spoke the truth about injustice

I heard Judge Frank Cuthbertson speak at the forum at Shiloh Baptist Church held in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict.

Cuthbertson had the courage to speak the truth about racial bias in our justice system, even though he knew that some would attempt to turn his words against him.

One letter writer did just that (TNT, 7-23), saying that Cuthbertson’s presentation was biased and “beneath his office.” I doubt that anyone who was present would agree.

Cuthbertson eloquently described historical and ongoing racial bias, inequality and profiling that permeate our society and corrode our justice system. The

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July
29th

LIBERALS: Conservatives chilled by bigot label

Many of us who live a quiet and tolerant life are disturbed at the recent current activism accusing us of uneducated bigotry. The recent media is saturated with mostly unchallenged activism issues.

First: George Zimmerman’s unfortunate killing of a young black man. In the judgment of the police Zimmerman was innocent, and the justice system and a jury reached the same verdict. Nevertheless, the activists are demanding further prosecution that will expose Zimmerman to assassination and bankruptcy.

Second: The gays in Tacoma have demonstrated against a conservative Christian church and forced a public facility to refuse them service. Their aggressive

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July
24th

GUNS: Obama deceitful on Stand Your Ground laws

I feel compelled to write after reading President Obama’s latest misrepresentation of the “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Our president is a lawyer who knows how to manipulate and obfuscate facts to push a particular agenda. He asks Americans to repeal Stand Your Ground laws and to consider the “what if” scenario of the “shoe on the other foot.” But he leaves out the critical part where Trayvon Martin was on top of George Zimmerman, physically beating the crap out of him.

Blunt head trauma kills many people, so chances are most of us would have been in fear for our

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July
24th

VERDICT: Disgraceful for judge to show his bias

My wife shared an article via social media that questioned the biased coverage of the George Zimmerman trial. She was immediately called out as a racist by a minority friend of ours.

The politically correct have no tolerance for opposing views. I would bet that is why The News Tribune didn’t see people celebrating the Zimmerman verdict. To support the outcome of the trial is equal to racism in the eyes of many in our community.

The TNT ran a prominent photo Sunday of Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson wearing a “hoodie” in support of Trayvon Martin. I

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July
24th

VERDICT: Trayvon had right to stand his ground

From most of what I’ve heard and read, we’ve got the Martin-Zimmerman conflict backwards.

George Zimmerman left a place of security and stalked someone who he thought was suspicious. Trayvon Martin was walking from the store, having done nothing, committed no crime and completely within his rights to freedom and liberty when he sees Zimmerman stalking him.

Zimmerman is not in danger, Martin is; he’s being stalked. He’s a black kid being stalked by a white man. As far as Martin (or anyone in his shoes) knows he is in danger of being attacked. He’s done nothing, committed no crime.

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July
24th

VERDICT: Stand up against Stand Your Ground laws

I believe George Zimmerman’s confidence in Florida’s Stand Your Ground law allowed him to pursue and confront Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman knew that if an altercation ensued, he could use his gun and claim self-defense.

Laws like this will encourage wannabe cops like Zimmerman to use guns to resolve personal conflicts outside their home. Martin did nothing wrong on the night he was killed by Zimmerman except look suspicious. What was that based on? A hoodie?

As the jury acquitted Zimmerman of a murder in a court of law based on reasonable doubt that he intended to kill Trayvon Martin, there should be

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July
23rd

VERDICT: A little civility could have gone a long way

Re: “Martin ‘could have been me’” (TNT, 7-20).

A portion of this article struck me as not only poor reporting but also incendiary in describing an encounter in which a little civility on both sides might have dismissed altogether.

Specifically, the reporter writes that George Zimmerman “shot (Trayvon) Martin as he was walking home through a gated community.” She completely omits an important detail – that a fight ensued during which Martin was shot. This confrontation didn’t have to happen, and both individuals had ample opportunity to stop it.

July
23rd

VERDICT: Armed and emboldened

I respect the verdict of the jury who heard the evidence and the law and delivered the verdicts of not guilty in the trial of George Zimmerman. I also respect the anguish of African Americans and others who believe that had Trayvon Martin been white, Zimmerman would not have killed him.

With our shameful racial history and the death of an unarmed boy who was doing nothing wrong, I can appreciate their grief and rage. But I have teenage sons too, who are white, and they are also at risk from the Zimmermans of the world, because Zimmerman was armed

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