Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3

The most unpopular tax bill ever

"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. history. This bill was soundly rejected and criticized not only by every Democrat and two-thirds of the voting public, but also by numerous economists and agencies aware of the impact of this legislation. These included Larry Summers, former president of the World Bank and treasury secretary, who said that the plan is "dishonest, incompetent and absurd" and, because it would kill what remains of the Affordable Care Act, would result in thousands of deaths.

It would actually raise taxes on the middle class, cut taxes for the top 1 percent and large corporations, and add least a trillion dollars to the national debt. But it will assuage the Republican donor class who havenít had much to show for their investment in Donald Trump and the Republicans.

How will it be paid for? Trickle-down economics: The more corporations accrue, the more they will give to workers and the poor. That did not work for Ronald Reagan. Even George H.W. Bush referred to it as "voodoo economics."

President Donald Trump himself will benefit to the projected tune of approximately $1 billion. Sad.

Joseph Ferrandino, Land Oí Lakes

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3

Partisan trickery

I support comprehensive tax reform, but I do not support the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act."

This irresponsible bill adds at least $1.4 trillion to the deficit and could add as much as $1.7 trillion. The development of the bill completely left out rank-and-file Republicans and all Democrats. The proposal relies on magical thinking about economic growth in order to pretend there wonít be massive increases to the deficit and debt, and uses gimmicks to make it look like the changes in law cost less down the road.

In 1986, the last time Congress did comprehensive tax reform, it was an inclusive, bipartisan process, and the Senate finally passed it by a vote of 97-3.

Congress is taking us in the wrong direction and is playing tricks in order to get it done. They need to go back to the drawing board.

Michael Morinico, Sebring

Low incomes bear the brunt

Sen. Marco Rubio said the Senate tax bill should do more for low-income families but voted for it anyway. Low-income families will barely see enough of a tax break to make up for what they are losing, such as the ability to deduct interest on student loans, state and local taxes, and itemized medical expenses.

And that minuscule tax break for individuals disappears by 2025. Rubio said the child tax credit should be increased dramatically, and when it wasnít increased to the level he wanted, he voted for the bill anyway. Rubio wanted the corporate rate to be higher than 20 percent, and when that didnít happen he voted for the bill anyway.

Clearly, he cares more about his wealthy donors than average Floridians and should be hanging his head in shame.

It is up to "we the people" to insist that Congress work for us rather than the 1 percent and corporations. We need to call and demand our representatives oppose this bill. Then they can get back to work creating one that truly helps the average American.

Jenni Casale, Palmetto

A farewell plea: Be the Tampa Bay you deserve | Dec. 3

Columnist will be missed

I was saddened to read that Robert Trigaux is retiring. Though a rest is well deserved, I will surely miss his insightful, straightforward column. I hope Trigaux will honor his followers with his written wisdom intermittently in the future. Great luck in retirement and God bless, Robert.

James Gregor, Tampa

Voter IDís unintended elder effect | Dec. 3, Perspective

Vote by mail is the solution

Paula Span, a New York Times writer, expresses concern for the disenfranchisement of older voters resulting from physical barriers at polling places such as steep ramps, inadequate parking and voting machines that do not accommodate wheelchairs or the visually impaired.

Span makes one of the strongest arguments Iíve seen for voting by mail. Fortunately, Florida is one of 22 states that offer voting by mail. When voting by mail, one never misses an opportunity to vote; you receive the ballot three to four weeks before the election, which gives you ample time to become familiar with issues and candidates; and there is never a line.

Using polling place access as an excuse for not participating in states where voting by mail is available is just that, an excuse. Those states that do not offer it should support the democratic process by initiating a mail-in option.

Dave Loeffert, Dunedin

And now create your own public apology
Dec. 3, Perspective

Moral rot in high places

The burgeoning number of prominent men accused of sexual misconduct is not surprising given the pervasive climate of corruption fostered by the corruptor in chief, Donald Trump. The president sets the moral tone for the country. He has the highest number of accusers of impropriety, 16 (or more?), has 600 provable lies spoken publicly, has an unknown number of fraud suits against him, and has stacked his administration with the worst foxes in the henhouse ever.

Once we elected leaders based on good character, and we have had some admirable presidents, honorable and trustworthy. I hope for our country that we may find our way to that again.

Lorraine Madison, St. Petersburg


Wednesday’s letters: What constitutes a disqualifying event for Trump’s supporters?

Kavanaugh vows not to withdraw nomination | Sept. 25 What should be disqualifying? As scandals pile up daily, I wonder about President Donald Trump’s supporters. What will be the event that pushes them as far as they can go? Recent accusatio...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Amendment 4 is a matter of reason

Amendment 4 will save taxpayers money | Column, Sept. 23 Amendment 4 is a matter of reason My lifelong Republican brother is a moderate, more mainstream thinker, not wedded to extreme right-wing orthodoxy, so I asked him how he plans to vote on Ame...
Published: 09/24/18
Updated: 09/25/18

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...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/24/18

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...
Published: 09/21/18

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...
Published: 09/21/18

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