Wednesday 5.14.2014. The Lakeland Ledger www.theledger.com Editorial Page, Letters to the Editor. >> FSU's Heisman Trophy Winner Is Nothing but a Common Thief. During my daily coffee stop at RaceTrac recently, I spoke with one of Polk County's finest. I asked him if I were to steal $30 worth of merchandise from Publix, would I get a citation or the cuffs? His answer: the cuffs. Recently my 15 year old daughter and I sat down to discuss college. She expressed a desire to attend the University of Florida, the University of Miami or Florida Srate University. I told her that FSU is no longer on the list. When she asked why, I told her that if something bad was to happen to her in Tallahassee, the police are not there to protect her on her rights. They are there to assist the football team in whatever capacity possible. In his brief statement, FSU quarterback Jameis Winston spoke about being only 20 years old. To blame your mistakes on your young age is getting very tiring. It seems to be the popular excuse these days. There are 18 year-year-old men and women being shot at every day overseas. Most 20-year-olds are not thieves. Most 20-year-olds are not accused of most of the things that Winston has been accused of. To walk out of a Publix with a cart of groceries and say you forgot to pay for the case of water underneath is possible. To place a special order and then walk out without paying is theft, plain and simple. Congrats FSU, your Heisman Trophy winner is nothing more than a common thief. X X Lakeland, Florida. << X X I thought it best not to print the name of the letter writer. A concern for him and he did mention a 15 year old daughter. There are a lot of mean people out there. I know on here Growl posted about not posting pictures of the alleged rape victim by Jameis. So, I didn't do this. No doubt most think the conduct of Jameis is only of interest to sport fans, ESPN and similar media. But as the letter indicates there are others, especially parents with daughters and sons who will soon be attending colleges, that certainly pay attention to these episodes by Winston and how the Tallahassee police and FSU chose to handle them. And I sure agree with the writer about "youth" being used by a "20 year old" no less, as an excuse is ridiculous. A high school teen is a youth. And college football players are not "kids" either. Coaches have it right when they refer to them as "young men". And by far most all of these young men act in a positive manner. Just very few do not.