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July 17, 2013

Dear editor: I have seen no report of the root cause for the Trayvon Martin tragedy - a poorly conceived and operated Neighborhood Watch Association (NWA)....

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garypayton

Aug-09-13 7:01 PM

If GZ had done what the police ordered him to do, TM would still be alive and GZ would still be looking for a chance to use his big, bad, manly gun.

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saveourschools

Aug-06-13 3:47 PM

Gary, I get it now...you don't realize that someone's hands can kill just as a gun can. Hmmm. Do you realize that getting beat to death does happen? How was GZ, to know that what he was getting was only a punishment and not a beating that could result in his death? How do you know that TM wasn't set on beating him to death? The law isn't about murder, its about fearing for your life at that moment. GZ looks as Hispanic as Obama looks black, end of story on that issue. Do you know how close TM was to the townhouse? He could have went home instead of confronting GZ the way he did. Did you know that the gated community was not white but a mixed neighborhood? Did you know that if TM was an innocent kid rather than older teen who was in trouble then he would not have been other at all? He was there because he was serving his third school suspension. Both parties in this made mistakes and bad choices.

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guessagain

Aug-04-13 8:25 PM

The photo of Martin that has been used is when he was 14 years old. Yes that does depict a nice looking kid. I have only seen his most recent picture once way back just after it happened. This showed a gang banger with tattoos and body piercings. Regardless what color skin he had, I would not want to run into him day or night. What would the public opinion be on this if they would have showed the most current picture instead of the one taken when he was only 14?

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garypayton

Jul-24-13 6:18 PM

Bad English. One can "lose" a fight and let "loose" with a gunshot. Sorry.

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garypayton

Jul-24-13 4:18 PM

You're right. Stand your ground laws in Florida make it legal to shoot a black kid after you pick a fight with him and loose. GZ will have to look at his blood stained hands in the mirror for the rest of his life. He got to take his shot and got away with it. Wonder if it was worth it.

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MTOMTO

Jul-24-13 3:16 PM

"If the glove doesn't fit, you have to acquit."

Jackie Childs.

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Backwoods

Jul-24-13 2:46 PM

Gary – regardless of what you and I might think, six jurors saw it differently. Like the OJ case where many whites thought he was guilty……but surprisingly there were no riots or organized demonstrations nationwide.

Oh and by the way….I thought OJ was not guilty!!! He may or may not know who or whom did it, but that’s another subject.

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garypayton

Jul-24-13 11:12 AM

Whatever his ethnicity, he got away with murder. All wanna-be vigilantes rejoice and be glad! YOU might get YOUR chance some day! POW!!

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Backwoods

Jul-24-13 7:52 AM

Gary – we’re not talking about “liking or disliking” someone, it about when some “idiot” or “idiots” are calling George Zimmerman a white man when it fits there need. I thought he, like the president is a man of mixed race.

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garypayton

Jul-23-13 1:54 PM

B-Dub: Would you like the president more if he considered himself white? Or would you say he's being dishonest about his race when he's clearly a black man.

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Backwoods

Jul-20-13 9:40 AM

Gary - if George Zimmerman is considered to be a “white man”, then so should president Obama.

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garypayton

Jul-19-13 2:33 PM

POW! The bad guy goes down. Just like in the movies, eh?

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garypayton

Jul-19-13 1:05 PM

Cut-n-paste: "Most of us were not surprised by the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. But millions of us were nonetheless disappointed and ashamed for the world to see that in this great country, in the 21st century, it’s still possible for a white man to shoot and kill an unarmed black teenager who did nothing wrong – and walk."

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garypayton

Jul-19-13 12:32 PM

Thanks for the disagrees. Gary Payton feels the love.

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MTOMTO

Jul-18-13 1:43 PM

And ball caps with the shiny silver stickers.

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garypayton

Jul-18-13 1:37 PM

I say outlaw those stupid fedoras everyone is wearing.

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MTOMTO

Jul-18-13 1:22 PM

It was the hoodie. I say outlaw hoodies!

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garypayton

Jul-18-13 11:52 AM

Pick a fight, engage in a fight, lose a fight and SHOOT the guy who beat you up. He's a gosh darn hero, eh? AND race is at issue. He would never have followed a white kid. He thought he scare some heck out a black kid in a neighborhood where "he doesn't belong." When he got his butt kicked, he shot him. Hence, it's legal to shoot black people in Florida. GZ is going to have to live with blood on his hands for the rest of his life.

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MTOMTO

Jul-17-13 4:29 PM

I saw Hillary making some statements about the case yesterday...does that mean she is in for 2016?

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Sisyphus

Jul-17-13 3:10 PM

Yes, GaryPayton, it IS legal to shoot black people in Florida. It is also legal to shoot Caucasians, Asians, Latinos, Gays, Lesbians, Heterosexuals and members of any other discernible group of people while in Florida. We are a society of laws, and punishment is dictated by law not by opinion. As RoundUp said, people are killed all the time and it IS possible to get away with murder in America because the law dictates that a defendant is proven guilty by a stated standard. Ask OJ if it is possible to walk away from a murder rap. If you have a problem, work to change the laws. This was a tragedy that could have and should have been avoided. But GZ's acquittal has nothing to do with a black-white dynamic except that it serves as a great platform for people like Al Sharpton to drum up emotion and money.

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garypayton

Jul-17-13 12:04 PM

I'ts legal to shoot black people in Florida. This is not a new development. GZ picked a fight with a kid (after being instructed by police NOT to). He started losing the fight he picked. He shot the kid and now he walks. Nothing changed in Florida. It's legal to shoot black people there.

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MTOMTO

Jul-17-13 10:01 AM

Skittles scare me.

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PlayBall

Jul-17-13 9:41 AM

Hello MTOx2

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Riggle

Jul-17-13 9:21 AM

A representative of the National Neighborhood Watch is reporting that the particular neighborhood where this tragedy occurred is not registered with them. Apparently, a number of things having to do with Zimmerman's activities and his past record would preclude him from being a Watch volunteer. This guy was looking to shoot someone. He was told to "stand down" by the 911 dispatcher and not to follow Martin.

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mare1276

Jul-17-13 8:48 AM

Playball, I watched the film where they took George back to the scene to explain what happened, I looked and looked but there were NO bushes. He said he got out of the car to see the numbers on the house and they were very visible from a great distance away. I think George made a terrible mistake but do not believe he should be in prison for that but I think this trial was to satisfy the public, the prosecution did not honestly try to prosecute George.

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