Anheuser-Busch is sold to beer giant in Belgium July 14
This Bud's for you … not anymore!
Another American corporation and icon is gobbled up by a foreign interest. Now that Anheuser-Busch Cos. of St. Louis (along with its 10 Anheuser-Busch theme parks, including Busch Gardens and Adventure Island in Tampa) has agreed to be purchased by the Belgian-Brazilian conglomerate InBev, Belgium and Brazil will be the recipient of billions of dollars in revenue that America cannot afford to lose.
How sad this country has become! It is bad enough that almost everything Americans purchase from our American businesses is manufactured in another country and we have to speak to a foreigner to inquire about service for various American purchases. This is called outsourcing. Those corporations that do not outsource just simply sell.
Jack Burlakos, Kenneth City
What does green really mean? | July 14
Rich care about environment too
I could not believe the cynical response Suzanne Shelton, president of marketing company Shelton Group Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn., gave to your question regarding who buys solar water heaters. It sounds like she believes that successful people couldn't possibly have bona fide concerns regarding the environment. Since when is green thinking the sole concern of those with low incomes and liberal disposition? She should be applauding the fact that wealthy people are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint alongside the typical "granolas."
Bob Carr, St. Petersburg
Response hurts those who care
We are thoroughly insulted by the reply to your question, "Who buys solar water heaters?" Suzanne Shelton's response was, "Big buyers are affluent management types, conservative Rush Limbaugh listeners." Well, my wife and I are neither, yet we have installed a solar panel to heat the water in our house. My wife and I are retired senior citizens living in Florida. We wanted to make our humble contribution to a green family home. We are sure there are hundreds of others like us, not just affluent management types or Rush whatever listeners. We had installed solar water heater panels in New York more than 30 years ago under the Jimmy Carter administration.
We have switched off the electric power supply to our water heater and we sure are happy to see the "electric meter go backward." Our installing the solar panel is not about any "control," just our contribution to save our planet. We do not have "pals over for a cookout."
Dr. Raghupathy and Kasthuri Sarma, Odessa
Our taxes tame next to N.Y.'s, column | July 11
Stop praising rich, faulting the poor
I see Mr. Thorner enjoys engaging in one of the sports popular in certain circles of the upper class: bullying the lower class. He even climbs the social ladder and criticizes the "aggressively unionized" schoolteachers who have the temerity to ask for a raise or, as he puts it, "who are eager to collect their pound of flesh."
In another article on the same page, mention is made that the median cash compensation for an insurance company CEO is $1.6-million, which adds up to several tons of flesh.
The unemployed are worthy of a helping hand. Yes, a certain percentage of these people may be "undeserving" for one reason or another, just as some percentage of CEOs are "undeserving." Barry Diller, for example, the CEO of IAC/Interactive, received $469-million in 2005 while shareholders lost 7.7 percent of their investment. So much for being "worthy."
Paul Ashbrook, Dunedin
Sweating it out in 'cool' quest (of an iPhone) | July 12
Early adopters or just suckers?
I'm amazed at what suckers Americans can be. They will wait in line, sometimes for a day or more, when a new phone, movie or video game/player comes out. The companies know this, and will get plenty of publicity because of it. Why must they be the "first" to have these things? Can't they wait, like most normal people do?
Chuck Grecco, New Port Richey
Second city official questions Jabil deal
City succumbed to Jabil pressure
If a man were to hold even one person hostage, then he is considered a criminal. If a corporation holds an entire city hostage, then that city does everything it can to pander to that company. We rush out with incentive packages of mind-boggling proportions.
Personally, I am tired of watching my government being pushed around by corporations. St. Petersburg's Jabil Circuit employs 75,000 people worldwide. We are scared of losing their 1,900 local jobs? The lion's share of these jobs are low-wage manufacturing jobs. You will see them in their blue coats and ankle straps walking over to the Gateway Crossings Plaza. The true bulk of their work force is located in places like China, India and Mexico, where they can pay their workers a pittance. So yes, let's fatten the coffers of another corporation and create another tax burden for the city.
Doug Merriott, St. Petersburg
Coke to lay off 150 at Brandon center | July 11
Outsourcing will come at a price
I read that the Brandon office of Coca-Cola is going to fire 150 of our neighbors in order to create the same number of jobs in India, Guatemala or Poland.
I personally like Coke and will continue to drink Coke. But if they think so little of us as to want to save money by "outsourcing" 15 percent of their employees, I feel compelled to "outsource" 15 percent of my cola purchases. That works out to be about one can of Publix Cola for every six-pack of Coke. My guess is that all of those 150 soon-to-be-former employees will "outsource" 100 percent of their next cola purchase.
Fred Jacobsen, Apollo Beach
Remove all clutter and get control of finances, column July 13
Junk mail advice invites ID theft
Jean Chatzky's article has some very good points, but I winced several times. Her idea of weeding out junk mail is to put a trash can in the garage and go straight from the mailbox to that can, tossing immediately anything superfluous. She also suggests reconciling receipts with your bank or credit card statements and then throwing them away.
Where has this woman been? Has she not heard of the cases of stolen credit identity by simply surfing the trash? It takes only a minute to use scissors or a cheap shredder to remove any information. Also, some junk mail has blank checks from lending institutions or applications for credit cards, and it is mailed second class. Wake up, Ms. Chatzky.
MaryLou Tuttle, Tampa