Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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 Trumpís 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 ó thatís 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 Trumpís 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 Trumpís 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 Trumpís 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 islandís debt. Four of his businesses have declared bankruptcies, and the federal government in the mid í70s bailed out New York City to the tune of $2.4 billion.

John Burrell, Tampa

Comments

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...
Updated: 4 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...
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

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Published: 09/17/18

Mondayís 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 ó in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18