Friday, December 15, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Another Trump pick goes down in flames

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

Anthem protests

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

Puerto Rico

Honorable service

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

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Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The 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. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17