Same old boss, same big mistakes being made Feb. 20, guest column
Brown-Waite has selective memory
I have one thing to say to U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite: What selective memory you have. President Bush and Treasury Secretary Paulson gave out the first TARP without stating there should be accountability.
How can Ms. Brown-Waite even mention President Obama and President Bush's spending. President Obama is trying to clean up the mess that Ms. Brown-Waite and the Bush administration left for America. She voted with the Bush administration almost 92 percent of the time. It was the policies of Ms. Brown-Waite and the Bush administration that got this nation in the economic disaster we now face.
This is called selective memory, to forget what caused the problem. I can only hope that as voters we remember this in 2010.
She makes statements concerning how the plan offered by President Obama will not work. However, she offers no plan, just the same old Republican talking points that we hear from Ms. Brown-Waite every time something occurs. There is an old saying, "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.'' This is what comes to mind after reading her guest column.
I thank Gov. Charlie Crist for looking past partisan differences and doing what is best for the people of this state.
Ms. Brown-Waite may not have voted for him, however, he is still President Obama.
LaTreetha E. Sharpley, Spring Hill
Why does gas still cost too much?
The president is working hard to control costs, help housing and many other ideas for which I applaud him. However, why are we paying $2 or more per gallon for fuel when Exxon just came off a record profit year with profits of about $42 billion?
It doesn't seem fair that the president has restricted credit card rip-offs and ridiculous bank fees, but the thing we use daily and need to get to work goes up in price relentlessly.
I don't see why we have to pay these prices when oil is trading at $35 a barrel, and as other companies are fighting to stay afloat, the oil companies are being paid by us to keep profits at record levels. At the current price of a barrel of oil, the cost of gasoline should be about $1.50 per gallon.
This is the only industry that has this silk cushion. These prices hurt us all, especially food and retail costs. Many retail businesses are gone due to shipping costs which, when passed on, made the customers leave.
Joseph Kuhn, New Port Richey
Kudos to Poe for his thinking
Dade City's City Manager Billy Poe should be commended for thinking outside of the box when it comes to utilizing Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) funds for the renovating of City Hall. I personally believe it is a great idea. In these tough economic times, conventional ways of thinking and doing are out the door, if we are to be successful as a city.
One of the primary goals of the Redevelopment Advisory Committee is to promote and expand economic development within the CRA area. City Hall is one of the economic engines within the CRA; this is where we invite developers and other investors who want to make major investments in our city. What kind of statement are we putting forward to these developers when they come to City Hall in its current condition?
In the goals and objectives of the Redevelopment Advisory Committee, it is written, under economic development, that "we should improve the investment image of the redevelopment area, emphasizing that the city of Dade City is the county seat.''
Utilizing a portion of the CRA funds to help renovate City Hall will have a substantial impact on our image as the county seat and further promote economic development within the CRA district and the greater Dade City area.
Every year thousands of Florida residents attend our annual Kumquat Festival and glance at City Hall. We should be embarrassed. There is absolutely no excuse for City Hall to have fallen into such a state of disrepair; you have an old house, you paint it, the roof leaks, you fix it. It is as simple as that.
As a city, we could take lessons from Jim Guidry, who has done a phenomenal job with the revitalization of a blighted area north of town as well as other structures around our city. Another fine example is what Bill Adair has done with the office building on State Road 52 that formerly housed the office of the Department of Children and Families. The building looks amazing.
Obviously this problem with City Hall snowballed for years, and is one that Poe has inherited. With that being said, I certainly hope the CRA makes the right decision on this matter. The residents of Dade City and the employees of Dade City who work out of this building daily deserve better.
Jim Shive, Dade City