Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Scott owes Floridians an explanation on investments

Follow the money on Scott’s
embrace of rail | Editorial, Aug. 19

Governor owes us all answers

Gov. Rick Scott has said he owes no one an apology for getting richer while in public office. But what the people of Florida deserve are answers. For years, Scott has exploited a blind trust as a shield against all such questions.

Now we find out that his wife’s investments — which Scott has full knowledge of and access to — mirror many of those in his blind trust, a situation which on its face defeats the purpose of the blind trust.

The Times reported Aug. 17 that Scott and his wife invested in a company tied to Florida’s high-speed rail project. In an editorial published two days later, you called Scott "a walking conflict of interest."

There are many other examples: The governor invested in the controversial Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline project his administration approved. It’s also been reported that the governor sold a plastics company he owned last year in a deal with a Japanese conglomerate that netted him and a few co-investors a reported $550 million.

The fact is Scott has dramatically increased his net worth during his time in office — and there is a clear pattern of investments linked to state policies and actions. In my opinion, these revelations outlined in several recent media reports point to the need for an independent review of the governor’s investing. Rick Scott and Rick Scott alone can answer these questions, and I believe he should.

Kendall B. Coffey, Miami

The writer, a partner at the Miami law firm of Coffey/Burlington, is a former U.S. attorney.

Sales tax holiday

Schools need money more

So you think the school tax holiday is a good idea? Individuals save a couple of dollars apiece on the tax break that is hardly meaningful, yet collectively the millions in lost government revenue are truly significant. Ironically, if the tax holiday were eliminated, perhaps school districts could afford to repair the air conditioning. Just sayin’.…

Anita Jimenez, Tampa

Report puts lasting stain on Meyer | Aug. 24

A playbook of pardons

Well, the only thing I can suggest to Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer — suspended for three games for misconduct — is to ask President Donald Trump to pardon him. That would fit both of their playbooks.

Susan Freiden, Rockledge

Bull run powers market | Aug. 22

Market isn’t what matters

The U.S. bull market is officially the longest stock market run in modern American history, but what does that mean for Americans?

Increased stock value doesn’t necessarily mean a better quality of life for anyone. The stock market doesn’t account for the well-being of people, or the health of the environment, both of which are regularly sacrificed for higher stock values. The things that matter most to people aren’t captured in stock prices. We can have better lives without a larger stock market. In fact, until we capture the value of things like time with a loved one or of an un-polluted river, we have to avoid some of the easiest ways to improve stock prices. Otherwise the bull market is just bull.

Erin Weber, St. Petersburg

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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...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Column: We’re measuring the economy all wrong

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the official economic statistics — the ones that fill news stories, television shows and presidential tweets — say that the U.S. economy is fully recovered.The unemployment rate is lower tha...
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

Saturday’s letters: The Constitution’s promise to promote the ‘general welfare’ includes health

Medicare for All is a path to ruin | Letter, Sept. 14‘General welfare’ includes healthThe preamble of the U.S. Constitution states that in order to form a more perfect union, several things needed to be assured. One of those is to "promote the ge...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Friday’s letters: Medicare for All might lead to Medicare for None

Nelson cautious on Gillum views | Sept. 12Medicare for All is a path to ruinThe utopian idea of Medicare for All being free health care with all the trimmings is a hoax. Sooner or later, the resources required to pay for this single-payer system ...
Published: 09/11/18
Updated: 09/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7

Re: Pedestrian deaths rising again | Sept. 7This is no surpriseIt is surprising that more people aren’t killed trying to cross U.S. 19 on foot.I often cross U.S. 19 at Flora to get to Home Depot or Holiday Mower. This involves first looking back...
Published: 09/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Genshaft made USF a first choice for top students

Genshaft legacy isa stronger USF | Editorial, Sept. 11Genshaft made USF a first choiceTampa Bay is a significantly stronger business community due to the leadership of retiring USF President Judy Genshaft. With degrees from Davidson and Duke, I m...
Published: 09/07/18
Updated: 09/11/18

Sunday’s letters: Bill Maxwell’s column reminds us how far we have yet to go

Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/07/18