Friday, September 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday’s letters: Medicare for All might lead to Medicare for None

Nelson cautious on Gillum views | Sept. 12

Medicare for All is a path to ruin

The utopian idea of Medicare for All being free health care with all the trimmings is a hoax. Sooner or later, the resources required to pay for this single-payer system will run out. Someone has to pay, and the payment will be in the form of exponentially higher taxes, probably costlier than the actual premiums. Medical research could very well suffer from decreased funding, thereby impeding the further development of new technology and drugs.

As Americans, we are used to choosing our health-care needs. With government in total control, choice will disappear, extended waiting times to see a doctor will follow, and the current available medical technology will be increasingly rationed. Medicare today does not pay the total cost of care. With private insurance supplements, the 20 percent not covered is cost-shifted into a private policy. Medicare for all will not be cost-shifted, so very possibly the elderly, having paid into Medicare during their working years, will be shortchanged as the system is flooded with Medicare for All. As the political satirist P.J. O’Rourke once said, "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free."

Pamela McAloon, Palm Harbor

U.S.-Cuba tensions hurt
state interests | Editorial, Sept. 13

Don’t reward Cuba

We shouldn’t downplay the microwave strikes weaponized to harm U.S. diplomats and their families while stationed in Cuba. Nor is it unreasonable to ban U.S. companies from partnering with entities with links to Cuba’s military who suppress Cuban human rights and freedoms. That Americans are traveling to Cuba in higher numbers does not dismiss the security and ethical concerns for a president of any political party to subject his diplomats to possible harm, nor should American companies and the Cuba military be profiting until the Cuban government shows they are serious about human rights. Many Cubans who left their country have protested a closer tie with Cuba.

Patricia Jenkins, St. Petersburg

Florence’s slow assault expected
to begin today | Sept. 13

Open shelters for evacuees

With so many evacuees headed to Florida, perhaps we should open our hurricane shelters to them. They do have to stay somewhere; and our shelters are already ready for this hurricane season. Feeding so many would not be as critical as if there was a storm here, as they could leave and eat elsewhere. These people need a place to stay; it is an option.

Judy Lavaron, St. Petersburg

Document: $10 million from FEMA diverted to pay for immigration detention centers

FEMA needs the money

It has been reported that the Trump administration transferred $10 million from FEMA, which assists in disaster recovery following things like a hurricane, to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has been detaining immigrants and ripping apart those families. That’s right — they are more concerned about locking up toddlers after separating them from their parents than they are about making sure that we have the resources needed to recover from a major storm. America’s moral compass is severely out of whack.

Dave Cutler, Tampa


Saturday’s letters: We need stats that reflect our lives

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18We need stats that reflect our livesMajor news outlets have uniformly declared the U.S. economy to be sizzling, on fire. This column was correct in wanting us to take a second, hard l...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Monday’s letters: Dr. Robert Judson made great contributions to Pasco-Hernando State College

A pioneer in Pasco-Hernando education | Sept. 19Robert Judson pushed education forwardI had the pleasure of working with the late Dr. Robert Judson, the former president of what is now known as Pasco-Hernando State College, for many years. During...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: Inequality hurts democracy

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18Democracy needs equalityEconomic inequality and the concentration of wealth have achieved levels beyond the comprehension of most American wage earners today. Income inequality has ri...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Friday’s letters: Florida’s workers aren’t reaping benefits of a booming economy

Scott didn’t put them to work | Sept. 16Florida workers not reaping the benefitsFlorida has just surpassed a GDP of $1 trillion. However, workers in Florida are not reaping the rewards. A new report released by anti-poverty organization Ox...
Published: 09/21/18

Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Monday’s letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18