Friday, September 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

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

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16

Are 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 discretionary spending but don’t dare to scrutinize our bloated military. Our armed forces are a necessary evil since we unfortunately do live in a world where a military is needed. However, we keep throwing enormous sums of money at the military without holding the Joint Chiefs and the defense industry fully accountable for the budget’s effectiveness and efficiency. Effectiveness means the mission and goals of the military are aligned with the threats to our country. What is our greatest threat? The Department of Homeland Security recently declared it to be cyberattacks. The 9/11 attackers were armed with box cutters. The main weapon system of ISIS fighters is a machine gun mounted on the back of a Toyota pick-up. The Taliban rely on suicide bombers, IEDs and rocket-propelled grenades to hold the Afghan army and our support troops in a stalemate. Yet the Pentagon spends billions on weapons systems that have no connection with the existing threats.

Richard Horowitz, Palm Harbor

Kavanaugh will further
divide us | Column, Sept. 13

Invoking the ‘nuclear option’

Robert Reich conveniently omits the fact that it was Harry Reid who led his fellow Democrats to the first use of the "nuclear option" in 2013 when as Senate majority leader he decided to stop a Republican filibuster of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees. At that time many people, including some Democrats, warned them against opening that Pandora’s box of requiring only a simple majority instead of 60 votes, but they did it anyway. Now we live with it. He seems to have forgotten the concept put forth by a previous employer: "Elections have consequences."

Thomas Davison, Brandon

Young or old, the right thing | Letter, Sept. 12

Use the tax as intended

The proposed sales tax for education leaves me in a quandary. My children were both educated in Florida public schools, and I believe strongly in the concept of public school. However, I remember the Florida lottery referendum in the late 1980s in which we were asked to vote to institute a state lottery. The proceeds of this proposed windfall were supposed to go to supplementing public education. However, once passed, legislators slashed the state budget for education and backfilled with lottery income. Now, the lottery money was no longer supplemental to the state budget, but had become a critical source of financing for it. How do we know that the increased sales tax proposed for education will not be hijacked in a similar manner?

Rudina Richter, Valrico

Toll tweets rile Florida | Sept. 14

The I, me, mine president

President Donald Trump claims that the death toll from Puerto Rico is a number the Democrats are using to make him look bad. Well, Trump doesn’t need the Democrats to make him look bad. He does perfectly well all by himself. Notice, if you will, that anytime he speaks publicly, he always manages to make whatever the topic is about himself. Simply count the number of time he says, "I," "me," or "mine." That tells you everything you need to know about Donald Trump.

Emiliano Quindiagan, St. Petersburg


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: 2 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...
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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: 3 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