Foes to go to rallies to ridicule tea party | April 13, story
The goal is to rein in government
So it has come to this. "Infiltrate and dismantle" the tea party meetings by "making them appear to be racist, homophobic and moronic."
And, pray tell, just who is this group that is willing to foment and excite a peaceful movement into retaliation in the hope of casting them as people with evil intent?
Perhaps an element of the well-organized Chicago machine.
Face it: The tea party movement has established itself as a peaceful group of well-behaved citizens who just want to make the point that government is getting out of hand, and that they no longer want to be ignored.
Unhappy with being overwhelmed by tomes of new proposals and regulations which have emanated from behind closed doors after secret sessions, they have taken to demonstrating, peacefully, their frustrations about the direction this administration is taking us.
It is their desire and willingness to be governed by elected officials, but not ruled. What is wrong with that?
Orfeo Trombetta, Seminole
What do we eliminate?
Everyone who hates the federal government should make a list of all the things they hate about the government. Then on the other side of the page they should list everything they are willing to do without that is provided by the government.
On the give-up side start with FEMA and all disaster help from the feds; go on to flood insurance, interstate highways, federal prisons, and on and on.
Once you have written down what you hate, and then, what you are willing to give up, you'll have a much better idea of whether or not the federal government is all bad.
If you are newly concerned about the deficit, where were you when President George W. Bush started a war of aggression, spending $10 billion to $12 billion monthly, and it's still going on today seven years later. The unfunded Medicare Part D has helped a lot of us out, but it wasn't and isn't paid for. How about the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent? How many jobs have you seen come from that sector? Think, folks, think!
Kay Kelly, Clearwater
Sink shakes up her staff | April 9, story
In the race for governor, Democrats need to act
As a registered Democratic voter in this state, I found it disheartening to read about the staff shake-up that has occurred in the campaign of Alex Sink, who is running for governor as a Democrat. At a time when there are daily outrages being exposed about statewide Republicans, it seems like the state's Democrats have no clue as to how they can best take advantage.
While Sink shows a propensity for fundraising, she has given the voters of this state little reason to come out and vote for her in the fall. Her opponent, Bill McCollum, has filed a frivolous lawsuit against the recently passed health care bill and there is no response to that waste of taxpayers' money by Sink.
Winning a statewide campaign is not rocket science. It requires that the candidate undertake some basic tried-and-true campaign tasks. Sink should be having daily press briefings on her positions as to how best to run this state. She should be out taking on the stands of her opponent and of the statewide Republican Party. Her campaign should be mobilizing every county's Democratic committee in order to get out the vote. Finally she needs to get out of her office and to ask the public to vote for her because she is the best candidate for the job.
Unless things change drastically, all I can see is a statewide Republican victory this fall.
Michael Savino, Seminole
Health reform foe in primary | April 14, story
Rick Scott is against health care reform? What a shock, since he made millions from the existing broken system.
Since he stated that he is running against "the old ways of government and the failed policies of the past" and since the Republican Party has been in control of the state government for years, does that mean he is running against the Republican Party as a Republican?
Maybe someone can clarify this, but it appears to me that he does not have a clue about what he stands for.
Dan Lemon, St. Petersburg
Rubio opens his tour in the spotlight April 14, story
Marco Rubio is a scary person, and the comment by a supporter who said, "I consider Democrats, communists and Muslims all the same" shows why.
Politicians who arouse this type of follower to make such repulsive statements need to stop and rethink what kind of nation they are trying to create.
Ian MacFarlane, St. Petersburg
Replacing Stevens sets up political test for Obama | April 10, story
Here's hoping that President Barack Obama nominates a woman to replace the soon vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, now that Justice John Paul Stevens has announced his retirement.
With seven men and two women on the court, there is, in my opinion, way too much testosterone on the Supreme Court. Indeed, we need to smooth out the rough edges and bring more hormonal balance to the highest court of the land, so that it will be more representative of America's population.
JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater
One man, two courts | April 13, commentary
Linda Greenhouse's lamentation over the retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens illustrates the left's misconception of the role of the judiciary. The commentary is notably bereft of discussion regarding legal theory. Rather, it is a paean to Justice Stevens for acting as a superlegislator who happened to share the political views of the leftist punditocracy.
"Learning on the job" in this case was learning how to recast the job. The passing reference to stare decisis is noteworthy only for its brevity and for its role as a mere obstacle to achieving political objectives through judicial fiat.
Jeffrey Meyer, Clearwater
Too much in the middle
Progressives hoping for a liberal appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court should prepare to be disappointed. President Barack Obama and his team have bought into the notion that the United States of America is a center-right country. They will be the center while Republicans occupy the right.
But this is bad politics as well as bad policy. Given a choice between Republican and Republican-lite, people will vote for the genuine article, no matter how toxic. Obama's penchant for giving ground will only get worse after 2010.
Julia Fleming, Clearwater
The real highway hazard
High school students are being lauded for having a bill going before the Florida Legislature that will make smoking in your car, with children as passengers, a secondary offense. But nothing is being done about proposed bills to make cell phone use and texting while driving an offense.
Look at the stats about accidents, some deadly, caused by people, mostly teens, who talk or text while driving.
On my way home from work recently I was cut off by someone who was talking on a cell phone and did not look at his mirror to see that there was someone already in the lane. There was a child in the back seat.
Sue Slingbaum, Tampa