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Branding: This is not 'grandma's Florida' | Dec. 16

Let's emphasize what's best about our state

How about a slogan that says "Florida: sunny, warm and user friendly." Something to that effect that covers our attributes. Then, an ad campaign needs to keep hammering it home. Thanks for the article.

Tom DuLaney, Tarpon Springs

Critics blast deal on FPL hike Dec. 15

Public input holds no sway in PSC rulings

The key statement in this story was made by PSC Commissioner Lisa Edgar: "This resolution is in the public interest based on the record of evidence."

The record of evidence on which the Public Service Commission bases its decisions is legally limited to information presented by the utilities in support of their requests for rate increases. That is why Public Counsel J.R. Kelly was not a party to this decision.

Sworn testimony and documentation submitted by the public cannot be considered, either. I learned this from the lawyer who represented the PSC in 2008.

Public participation in PSC hearings is just window dressing to give people the illusion that their views are important to the PSC. However, the blame for this entire situation lies with our state Legislature, not with the PSC.

Thomas Eppes, Thonotosassa

Budget website to stay unused Dec. 15

Scott's plan to replace watchdog site curious

The article by Mary Ellen Klas reports that Gov. Rick Scott plans to shelve Transparency 2.0. Florida taxpayers have already paid $5 million for the budget-tracking website and Times/Herald, Integrity Florida and the First Amendment Foundation have all given it rave reviews. They reported that it was thorough, easy to use and provided information that was not easy to find from other sources.

Scott's plans are to seek bids to create a public budget watchdog site, a curious plan in light of the fact that it seems that he already has one paid for by Florida taxpayers. Could it be that Transparency 2.0 is too transparent, and he is seeking one that will be less illuminating?

Jerry R. Dangler, Palm Harbor

Fed will keep lid on interest rates Dec. 13

Seniors bear brunt of Fed's fiscal policies

Without fully understanding how it works, it appears to me that the Federal Reserve is repairing the economy, in part, on the backs of seniors. Seniors, who are prudently avoiding risky investments such as stocks, and depending on the interest paid on safer investments such as certificates of deposit, are being "taxed" by the U.S. government — the Federal Reserve, not the Internal Revenue Service.

I know the Fed cannot specify what banks will pay as interest. But by "holding the short-term interest rates to near zero," financial institutions that used to pay interest of 3 percent to 4 percent for safe investments are now paying only 1 percent.

However, it is the prudent investors' money they are getting 1 percent on, not the government's. We are giving up a huge chunk of the income we would have been getting. Although I am told this is not a tax on seniors' pensions, it sure feels like one.

John Dorgan, Spring Hill

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Career Q&A: Disillusioned with grind of telecommute

Career Q&A: Disillusioned with grind of telecommute

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Pinellas County commits $41.7 million to Blue Jays Stadium

Pinellas County commits $41.7 million to Blue Jays Stadium

DUNEDIN — The Pinellas County Commission pulled the final trigger Tuesday on dedicating $41.7 million in bed taxes for upgrades to the Toronto Blue Jays’ stadium and spring training facilities, a pledge that amounts to covering more than half of the ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Florida’s small businesses need more skilled workers, survey says

Florida’s small businesses need more skilled workers, survey says

Florida small business owners say their top concern is a lack of skilled workers, according to a recent survey by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Workforce quality has been a recurring issue for small businesses, according to previous surveys. In th...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Marriott CEO: Our three-hotel bet at Water Street Tampa reflects how Tampa is evolving

Marriott CEO: Our three-hotel bet at Water Street Tampa reflects how Tampa is evolving

TAMPA — The world’s biggest hotel company already has 29 properties in the Tampa Bay area, but its CEO says a plan to put more than 1,400 rooms in three Marriott-branded hotels within a few blocks of each other says something about how Tampa is evolv...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Study ranks Florida No. 8 for most aggressive drivers

Study ranks Florida No. 8 for most aggressive drivers

If you’ve ever complained about other motorists on the road, you may have been justified. The Sunshine State ranked No. 8 on GasBuddy.com’s list of states with the most aggressive drivers."Our findings indicate that states with densely populated citi...
Updated: 8 hours ago
First curbside delivery, now Amazon leaves packages with no one in the car

First curbside delivery, now Amazon leaves packages with no one in the car

Amazon is taking the growing curb-side delivery trend a step further — now shoppers don’t even have to be inside their cars to get their items.The online retailer announced Tuesday it has begun delivering packages to newer cars with OnStar service in...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Ex-Yahoo paying $35M to settle SEC charges over 2014 hack

Ex-Yahoo paying $35M to settle SEC charges over 2014 hack

WASHINGTON — The company formerly known as Yahoo is paying a $35 million fine to resolve federal regulators’ charges that the online pioneer deceived investors by failing to disclose one of the biggest data breaches in internet history. The Securiti...
Updated: 11 hours ago
The ‘most interesting man in the world’ will be tending bar in Tampa on Friday

The ‘most interesting man in the world’ will be tending bar in Tampa on Friday

"Stay thirsty, my friends," the most interesting man in the world is coming to Tampa to tend bar on Friday. Jonathan Goldsmith, the face that launched a thousand memes, will be slinging cocktails at Tampa’s trendy Hall on Franklin, the food hall anno...
Published: 04/24/18
So far, Pasco’s tourism base: Floridians, Canadians

So far, Pasco’s tourism base: Floridians, Canadians

NEW PORT RICHEY – The typical tourist in Pasco County this year most likely is a Floridian.But there are lots of Canadians here as well. Nearly 80 percent drove, rather than flew, to the region. Forty percent stayed in hotels, but more than a quarter...
Published: 04/24/18
Girls hockey could replace boys lacrosse on Pasco tourism calendar

Girls hockey could replace boys lacrosse on Pasco tourism calendar

NEW PORT RICHEY – Hockey pucks could replace lacrosse balls as the required sports equipment for the holiday tourism season in Wesley Chapel.The Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, founded by Canadian hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, is seek...
Published: 04/24/18