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"Concerned citizens" worry about where our country is headed

GOP feeds the frenzy, paranoia | Nov. 10, Paul Krugman column

'Concerned citizens' fear for our nation

Once again you publish an article attacking those of us who disagree with big government taking away our freedoms, government-run health care, illegal immigration, and cap and trade. Paul Krugman calls us "the irrational right." Why not just call us "concerned citizens," for that is what we are.

The liberal left has taken over control of our government and we are fighting to take it back. We have peaceful marches and tea parties to try to get our representatives' attention. You don't publish articles calling the liberal left names and questioning their motives even when they have violent demonstrations.

We are not a "mob" and we are not "right-wing extremists." We believe in the Constitution and the rights and freedoms it gives us.

Contrary to Krugman's headline, there is no frenzy and no paranoia, just "concerned citizens" afraid of where our county is headed.

Toni Armstrong, Apollo Beach

Reject the extremism

I'm not Jewish, but I was outraged that demonstrators at the Nov. 5 rally outside the U.S. Capitol to protest health care reform carried signs showing the bodies of Holocaust victims at Dachau and bearing the caption "National Socialist Healthcare."

How dare they trivialize the systematic murder of 6 million Jews and 5 million non-Jews to make a political point?

Since the election of President Barack Obama, the Republican Party has become a case of the lunatics running the asylum.

Everyone who is offended by these disgusting tactics should contact the Republican leaders in Congress and say that they will not vote for a Republican candidate until the party denounces the activities of the extremists on its right wing.

James Nelson, Largo

GOP feeds the frenzy, paranoia | Nov. 10, Paul Krugman column

Defending capitalism and the Constitution

As a Tea Party conservative, I am amazed at Paul Krugman's dishonest characterization of us.

What does he mean by the far right or the angry right? Is he calling us racist, homophobic, fundamentalist? He is wrong. We have put aside social issues to join together in defending the Constitution, the rule of law and capitalism.

We, not the GOP, are the party of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. We recognize them as two of the very few who understand that Barack Obama and his radical cohorts are pursuing an impossible, egalitarian, socialist dream. We rely on the information they give us because they have to tell the truth. The media would not let them do otherwise.

Doris W. Kabureck, Palmetto

GOP feeds the frenzy, paranoia | Nov. 10, Paul Krugman column

Objectivity is lacking

Regarding professor Krugman's latest rant in the St. Petersburg Times, I can't help but wonder if a genuine, more objective economist could occasionally be featured within the opinion page? Professor Thomas Sowell comes to mind, for instance.

Krugman's political opinions apparently lie to the left of Leon Trotsky's, and markedly detract from his economic opinions.

Joseph Hill, Panama City

Desperate measures

Last week at a "press conference" in front of our Capitol in Washington, D.C., Republican congressional leaders addressed a group of several thousand Americans opposing the health care reform bill. The crowd flashed signs opposing the bill, while holding a placard showing a photo of Holocaust victims.

I could not believe how desperate these people were that they used one of the most outrageous and horrific events in recent history to push their agenda and to oppose a bill that would help less fortunate Americans obtain health benefits they currently are denied because of lobbyists for insurance companies and other groups who would not benefit from health care reform. Health care is a necessity that should not be denied to any American.

Jack Perlman and Ruth Samuel, Palm Harbor

Bias law expanding | Nov. 6, story

Moving to equality

Current federal law protects workers against discrimination based on their race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability, but not based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In 38 states, it's legal to fire otherwise-qualified employees because of their gender identity or expression.

With this in mind, I couldn't be more proud to live in a city that believes in protecting all its citizens' rights equally. Tampa City Council last week gave unanimous preliminary approval to adding gender identity or expression to the city's Human Rights Ordinance. Our City Council sent a clear and strong message that discrimination in the workplace is not acceptable. This indeed is a great and proud day for the citizens who live or work in Tampa.

Many Fortune 500 companies support an inclusive and nondiscriminatory workplace environment for their employees. This measure shows Tampa is in fact a welcoming city for existing and new businesses to relocate to. The measure also adds equal protections to qualified employees who work in the city from being unfairly fired.

I commend the City Council for upholding the value that all Americans, of any race, whether male, female, Christian, disabled, gay or transgender, deserve equal protections in the workplace. I believe this couldn't be more important to the city during these difficult economic times.

R. Zeke Fread, Tampa

Radical cleric is tied to Fort Hood major Nov. 10, story

Military contradiction

It is now public knowledge that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, M.D., had been trying very hard to gain release from his military obligations, and that his behavior and activities were being scrutinized by his superiors. All his attempts to leave were rebuffed. Apparently, despite all that was known about him, he continued to be considered a valued soldier.

At the same time, dozens, hundreds (thousands?) of his fellow soldiers, willing and able to contribute to the military mission, were being discharged due to personal sexual preference: Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

If there is a rationale in that, I fail to see it.

Charles F. Ames, Largo

Setting a poor example

It is not surprising that we have been plagued with a series of violent acts from students to military officers.

During my teaching days I tried to convey to students the concept that violence begets violence and that it is difficult to create peace through violence. Two questions I posed to my students were:

1. If a government consistently uses violence to achieve its goals, why can't an individual?

2. What kind of example does a government which resorts frequently to violence give to its citizens?

Frank Braccio, Treasure Island

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