Drug czar nominee withdraws | Oct. 18
Another pick down in flames
So another of Donald Trump’s picks for an important post in his administration goes down in flames. Having Tom Marino in the role of drug czar was assigning the fox to guard the henhouse. I wonder if Trump will thank the dishonest media or fake news agencies for their good work in sorting out this situation?
Trump continues to insist that Marino is such a wonderful fellow — that’s about him downplaying the tendency he has shown for choosing people to be on his team who are incompetent or disqualified. The list of names to date is long. Hiring the best people was supposed to be one of Trump’s main leadership skills. Not so much.
Jonathan K. Jaberg, Largo
Saying goodbye to NFL
To the Glazer family and the other NFL owners: After witnessing your weak-kneed support of multimillion-dollar crybabies who disrespect the flag, the anthem and the veterans, of which I am one, it is time for me to change the channel or spend time with family. I am done with the NFL games and their sponsors until you control the playing field. My wife is ecstatic.
Carl Tamborello, Seffner
Tax plan boosts family incomes | Oct. 17, commentary
Benefits skew to wealthy
Rep. Daniel Webster argues that President Donald Trump’s tax plan is about helping working Americans. But nonpartisan analysts have estimated that 50 percent of the tax benefits will go to the top 1 percent, and that the plan will add $5.5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years.
While these estimates can be debated, the telltale sign that the Trump tax plan is geared to the rich is the proposed repeal of the estate tax. Webster argues that the so-called "death tax" is un-American because it discourages saving wealth for children and grandchildren, but in truth it is perhaps the most American element of the tax code. It prevents the accumulation of wealth in rich families that led to the perpetuation of aristocratic European governments from which most of our Founding Fathers fled.
Abolishing the estate tax favors only the very wealthy and will leave a greater share of the total tax burden on working taxpayers.
Doug Robison, St. Petersburg
President Donald Trump’s disrespect for the people of Puerto Rico is mind-boggling. Puerto Ricans have fought in every American conflict since World War I. Nine Puerto Ricans have been awarded the Medal of Honor. The island has lost a larger percentage of its population in Iraq than the state of New York.
It is ludicrous for the president, a resident of New York City, to lecture Puerto Rico about the island’s debt. Four of his businesses have declared bankruptcies, and the federal government in the mid ’70s bailed out New York City to the tune of $2.4 billion.
John Burrell, Tampa