Coke jobs might leave
Americans being put out of work
Regarding the report that Coca-Cola was going to outsource jobs to India and lay off local employees from their Brandon facility, it is time that we citizens of Tampa Bay let Coca-Cola, and every other company contemplating putting Americans out of work, know that we will not tolerate this practice anymore. I urge all citizens to send a message to Coca-Cola by not buying any of their products until Coca-Cola understands that their proposed outsourcing is unacceptable and reverses their misguided decision.
David Zimlin, Dunedin
Boycott Coke over outsourcing
Unite! Want to stop outsourcing? Boycott. We used it on Cuba, Iran and even buses in Birmingham, Ala., and it works. It's time to use it again, this time on Coca-Cola — "the pause that depresses." I hate these companies that take our tax incentives, then stick it to us. What's next to go overseas, ballot counting?
Mike Demma, Largo
We can make
The news media is filled with sad stories about the economy, high gas prices and the related increased costs in everything else. And the industry and our all-knowing politicians visibly wring their hands over the increased jobless rates. Yet American "companies" (actually their executives) continue to send American jobs oversees. The latest? Coca-Cola considering sending American jobs to India. What a shame. But you can make a difference. Stop buying Coca-Cola products.
Len Wilson, St. Petersburg
Slap in the face
It sounds to me like the writing is on the wall. If it's true and Coke does outsource its jobs, then the answer for me is simple: never again buy another Coke product. I'm sick and tired of the countless number of companies that betray our own citizens. Exporting jobs to other countries to save a few bucks would be a slap in the face to every American that drinks their products.
Todd Chaltry, Trinity
Buy Pepsi —
and more of it
I, for one, will not purchase any more Coca-Cola products if they outsource the jobs to India. I will buy Pepsi only and in larger quantities.
Jim Melilli, Port Richey
Airline to end local service
Quit supporting the airport
When asked about the decision of USA 3000 to stop flying to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, airport executive director Noah Lagos said, "We were very surprised." If "we" were surprised, then "we" are poorly informed about the present state of the airline industry.
If you visit the airport's Web site at fly2pie.com, it says right at the top of the first page that the airport is "a Pinellas County government service." A total of 18-million of your tax dollars is budgeted in this fiscal year in order to have easily surprised people operate the airport. This is up from $8.49-million actually used in fiscal year 2006, an increase of 112 percent. The county claims that the airport is self-supporting, but that is simply not true. I'd be happy to debate that issue with the relevant decisionmakers.
Money is tight in county government right now. It is time that Pinellas County stop contributing money to this boondoggle.
Thomas Rask, Seminole
Gov. Crist hails energy bill, but green impact is faded
Crist a leader on climate change
The Climate Group believes that our views were not accurately reflected in this article, and would like to take this opportunity to correct this. First, we would like to express our support for Gov. Charlie Crist and the bold work he is undertaking in Florida. The recently passed energy bill is only the latest in a series of climate initiatives he has launched to take Florida decisively into the 21st century.
We believe the bill represents a huge step forward, and will deliver real results. It is true the Legislature made certain changes which the governor opposed, such as delaying a low carbon standard for cars. However, the bill still represents tremendous progress. Under Gov. Crist, Florida is now a leader in the South on the issue of climate change.
Chris Walker, New York
North American Director, the Climate Group
No puppies for sale here
Rabbits take a lot of care, too
Congratulations to the Animal House for choosing not to sell puppies or kittens, two of the top three animals that are either dumped or sent to shelters every year. Perhaps you have already guessed that rabbits round out the top three. Rabbits are cute, but they are not always cuddly or sweet or neat or inexpensive to own. They can live to be 12 years old, quite a commitment for someone who thinks that they are buying a pet that lives as long as a gerbil, rat or hamster. Many bunnies are relegated to a hutch, not a good place for them in our hot, buggy Florida summers, or are brought home as a child's pet only to discover that the bunny kicks, bites and eliminates on the child. Bunnies chew, dig and spray, just like other animals.
It costs an average of $15 a week to correctly care for a bunny, with the costs increasing as the bunny ages. A bunny can and should be "fixed" at a cost of $150 and up. In my opinion, selling a bunny is no different from selling a cat or dog; it just costs less to purchase. Unfortunately, those who purchase bunnies are not informed about correct care and bunny behavior. So those of us who are already overburdened with these little ones are called to clean up the messes made by stores like Animal House.
Don't shop, adopt.
Karen Severiens, Dunedin
Owners association explains its actions
Action column, May 12
Reporting lacking in Action column
I was deeply disappointed with Suzanne Palmer's Action report on the Village on the Green Recreation Association's actions. I had thought that my report would generate some true investigative reporting, not simply contacting the accused to give their explanation of their actions. I think a site visit, contacting the Health Department to see their reports, reading the minutes of Recreation Association meetings, and checking with Fish and Wildlife would all have been things that a news reporter would consider before issuing a report that assumes that everyone tells the truth.
John H. Mason, Clearwater
I recently found that if you are a "small investor," the brokerage firms do not deal very gently with you. I have been dealing with Smith Barney through tough times and good times since 1987. I decided that they were not giving my account the attention I felt was needed, so I decided to change firms.
I found that when my stock was sold, there was a "minimum" fee which amounted, in some cases, to 30 percent of the value of the stock. That's not very attractive.
I was told that they did not advertise these minimums as it was not in the best interest of the firm. It appears that the best interest of the investor is not the paramount interest of the firm. I suppose that, in this case, the slogan still should be: Let the customer beware.
George Howard, Largo
Don't worry about Exxon profits, but its oil supply column, May 13
Gas prices are a big deal to most
Loren Steffy's column states oil companies don't welcome the pump prices and it's a mere 17 percent increase. Obviously Mr. Steffy is financially well-off with his oil stock. Maybe the oil companies have cut back on production, but so have the driving habits of many Americans. Yet there are still record profits. I'm sure most Americans didn't receive a 17 percent pay increase last year.
It's not only the price we pay at the pump but the increase on goods sold. My customers would buy elsewhere if we raised our prices 17 percent. When the truckers were complaining a few weeks back, prices dropped a couple of cents. Now that it has calmed down, the prices are on the rise again with a goal of $4.
Gas is a necessity in today's society just as water and electric is. Maybe our government needs to worry about where the tax money is going to come from when we all stay home and businesses start cutting back on employment. Maybe $50 a week in just going to work won't affect Mr. Steffy. But 90 percent of Americans will feel the effect.
Richard Maier, Trinity