FBI takes aim at memo | Feb. 1
Mueller is a man to emulate
Republicans claim to be the party of family values and the guardians of veterans’ rights. If true, then what is the rationale for their assault on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s character other than to subvert the Mueller-led inquiry?
Mueller, a decorated veteran, having been awarded the Bronze Star for heroic service in the Vietnam War, is a practicing Christian who has been married to his high school sweetheart for 52 years.
The hypocrisy is palpable and on its own may not advance the false narrative that the Office of Special Counsel and the Department of Justice as a whole is biased and corrupt. However, when coupled with a broad-based disinformation campaign, replete with insupportable deep-state conspiracy theories alleging the planning and coordinating of a coup d’état, congressional dysfunction metastasizes and our democracy is imperiled.
Republicans, specifically those currently serving in Congress, would be well advised to emulate Mueller’s standards of behavior instead of acting like subversives by presiding over the desecration of our democratic institutions and those charged with preserving them.
Jim Paladino, Tampa
Immigration, legal and illegal | Feb. 1, letter
An easy immigration fix
The back and forth concerning the DACA people is a lot of talk about an issue that can be easily solved. Anyone who believes they are qualified gets an immediate registration card so they can maintain their employment until their case is individually considered.
Others can apply for the green card if they are here with needed skills. Violent felons will probably avoid the system and will eventually be picked up and deported.
Employers have 90 days to check their employees with the already existing database and encourage employees to register.
After 90 days, employers face a $10,000 fine per incident for hiring undocumented workers, which basically cuts the issue off at the source as there will be no need to illegally enter the United States if there are no jobs.
Do you think politicians in Washington or Tallahassee will go for a real solution?
Rick Grunwald, Brooksville
Please speak English
My issue is not with immigrants. It’s that we are catering too much to their language. My grandparents came to the United States from Poland. They had to learn English in order to accomplish everything here. And yet, I hear more and more stores speaking Spanish to customers.
Charlotte Larson, Odessa
Bayshore Sunday proposal: no traffic | Feb. 2
A Sunday path for people
Last year my running group went to Quito, Ecuador’s beautiful modern city. My friend and I rented bikes to travel on the 40-mile-long boulevard that has two lanes closed every Sunday for pedestrians, runners, baby strollers, bikes, rollerbladers, vendors, shops and restaurants.
It was a city alive for its people and tourists. It was a family Gasparilla every Sunday. It is a shame that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn can’t see the light.
Wit Ostrenko, Temple Terrace
Big bills rate more lobbyists | Jan. 28
Help those of us in pain
We who are suffering with chronic pain conditions are being treated as collateral damage and denied access to pain-relieving prescriptions due to the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines. These medications would provide us with a better quality of life and relief from our suffering.
I am 54 and suffer with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, four herniated discs and severe back issues. I am in pain 24/7/365 with no relief whatsoever. This must end.
Millions are suffering, and those we have voted for to help us ignore us. We need immediate action to end our tremendous suffering.
Nicole Burrows, Spring Hill
Dr. Alexa, I’m sneezing and
my throat is sore | Feb. 1
Hope for health care
What do Jamie Dimon, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Tampa’s own Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel have in common — besides being extremely wealthy? They are doing something to improve the health industry. Jamie Dimon, Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos are working together to create an independent health-care system for their workers to help contain medical costs as well as those of prescriptions. There is hope that their change will become a model for others to follow.
The Patels are donating hundreds of millions of dollars to start a new medical school. There is a severe shortage of doctors, so just think how improved the lives of the less fortunate could be if we had an abundance of doctors who could work in clinics as well as private practice.
Tom Craig, Riverview
Success depends on immigration
Jan. 31, column
The wall and its builders
I can’t help but wonder how many illegal aliens will be employed to build the wall to keep out illegal aliens.
Sam Pannill, Largo
‘Quiet Zone’ costs outrageous | Jan. 14
The trains came first
The CSX freight train tracks were in place long before various Tampa mayors began the push for downtown residential housing. Perhaps if Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other city officials had not spent so much on bicycle lanes and the Riverwalk, funds would be available for the gates and flashing lights needed to allow downtown residents an uninterrupted night’s sleep.
Ron Rooks, Tampa