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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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writer10

Jul-17-13 2:21 AM

now this is what I like to see. Somebody who is looking at the issue at hand and not looking at the race card or who attacked who. Rather a solution to doing something different that may have prevented the tragic event.

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Frugaltaxpayer

Jul-17-13 7:17 AM

Or if Mr Martin would have continued on his journey home with his Skittles and not confronted Mr Zimmerman.

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PlayBall

Jul-17-13 7:48 AM

Exactly! Why was Trayvon's reaction to jump out of the bushes and beat up GZ? How about introducing yourself and saying that you're staying in this complex for a couple of days? "My father is Tracy Martin. Maybe you know him."

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PlayBall

Jul-17-13 8:02 AM

What's wrong with just saying "Hello"?

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MTOMTO

Jul-17-13 8:14 AM

"1) No firearms."

Mr. Zimmerman was not on watch but on his way to buy groceries when he saw him walking very close to the buildings (for whatever reason = suspicious). It is legal to carry in Florida.

"2) a set of specific rules, signed off by each member 3) Observe and report only - don't leave your car."

Good points that may have prevented this tragedy.

"4) minimum of 2 persons in each vehicle on patrol."

Again, not on patrol. Ever hear of an off duty police officer becoming involved in an incident?

"5) A large magnetic NWA sign attached to the patrol vehicle, clearly identifying it."

Not on patrol?

"6) Regular meetings with law enforcement personnel in the area."

I do not know if they had them or not?

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MTOMTO

Jul-17-13 8:15 AM

Hello, PlayBall.

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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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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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PlayBall

Jul-17-13 9:41 AM

Hello MTOx2

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MTOMTO

Jul-17-13 10:01 AM

Skittles scare me.

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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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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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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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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-18-13 1:22 PM

It was the hoodie. I say outlaw hoodies!

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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 1:43 PM

And ball caps with the shiny silver stickers.

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garypayton

Jul-19-13 12:32 PM

Thanks for the disagrees. Gary Payton feels the love.

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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 2:33 PM

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

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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-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-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-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 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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