Israel prepares for more violence along border | June 7
Israel's behavior is outrageous
Our media is complicit in the U.S. government's support of outrageous behavior by the Israeli government with its propaganda masquerading as news. The violence that Israel "prepares for" is killing more unarmed Palestinian protesters engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience. A similar headline from America's past would have read, "Mississippi prepares for more violence along its border by Freedom Riders." Is this acceptable, objective reporting?
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner says in this article, "Israel, like any sovereign nation, has a right to defend itself." Defend itself? Against unarmed, nonviolent protesters crossing an illegal border?
Daniel Callaghan, New Port Richey
Israel, protesters clash | June 6
How did the two sides "clash"? Protesters approached the border. Israeli troops shot them. This is a clash? Not even close. I don't have to break a sweat to write a more accurate and balanced headline.
George Wolff, St. Petersburg
Weiner admits he sent photos | June 7
What is it with politicians who publicly apologize for lewd behavior yet will not resign? Such uncouth behavior from a public figure should result in the end of his career. I suppose Weiner's ego is what is making him want to continue.
Deme Varidin, St. Petersburg
As a liberal Democrat, I admired Rep. Anthony Weiner's outspoken comments in Congress. But with his recent behavior of defiantly lying about his sexting with several women, he has lost all credibility with the public and his constituents, and has lost his right to remain in Congress.
There is already widespread mistrust of politicians; we do not need liars like Weiner. Whether he broke any law is irrelevant.
Raghu Sarma, Odessa
Price too high
The cost of the war in Afghanistan is $2 billion a week. The cost of the war in Iraq is $9 billion a month. It seems to me this money would go a long way to bridging our budget deficit. And ending war would save thousands of lives.
Why are we even in Afghanistan? Haven't we learned from the past that no one has ever won a war there? I think it is time America started worrying about our own economic situation for a change.
Diane Adams, Tampa
Don't exclude candidate
The American people deserve better than for CNN to be excluding serious presidential candidates from debates this early in the primary season.
Gary Johnson is a two-term governor who built his own multimillion-dollar business from scratch. He is definitely a serious candidate. He is also the only GOP candidate talking about issues such as a real solution to the nation's debt crisis, the war on drugs, and the fair treatment of homosexuals by our federal government.
These are important issues, and they need to have a voice on that stage come Monday.
John Hoover, Riverview
Could you gather $2,000 in 30 days? | June 7
Research on wealth distribution in the United States shows that the bottom 40 percent of the population has less than 1 percent of the wealth. More evidence is provided by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which finds that nearly 45 percent are "financially fragile" — 25 percent unable to come up with $2,000 in 30 days; the other 19 percent needing to pawn or sell their belongings.
In stark contrast, the top 20 percent of the U.S. population controls a whopping 84 percent of wealth. With all due respect to Robert Trigaux (and perhaps I am missing intended sarcasm), encouraging the bottom 40 to 45 percent to "save more" or "cut more costs from your lifestyle" seems a bit out of touch.
An alternative approach is some redistribution of wealth. While those words incite strong feelings, scientifically valid surveys show that the average U.S. citizen, both Democrat and Republican, rich and poor, believes wealth should be distributed more fairly (not evenly, just more fairly). Unfortunately, most of us do not realize how lopsided things have become. But when shown the facts, most of us believe the current distribution is unfair and should be modified.
Bill Sacco, Tampa
The mistake of 2010 | June 5, commentary
Expect the unexpected
Paul Krugman is correct that if everything goes as expected we could have enacted a massive job-producing stimulus package without causing runaway inflation. The problem is the unexpected.
Let's say that the hurricane season turns out to be as disastrous for America's coastal areas as the tornado season and the flood season were for America's heartland. Or perhaps Pakistan detonates a nuclear bomb and investors realize that this unstable nation is not a threat to just India.
But more likely the event triggering a massive decline of the dollar will be as unexpected and unpredicted as was the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 that brought on the financial crisis and the Great Recession.
There is more peril in excess borrowing than Krugman leads us to believe.
Arthur Volbert, St. Petersburg
Scott in Canada on jobs quest | June 7
Study in contrasts
Gov. Rick Scott went to Canada to look for jobs.
Businesses in Canada don't pay for health insurance for their employees, a significant savings in operating expenses. Plus, companies in Canada have low-cost property insurance, access to a highly educated work force and access to mass transit.
In contrast, Florida has sky-high health insurance and property insurance costs, and no high-speed rail. And Scott thinks he can talk Canadian companies into moving to Florida?
Bob Snow, Clearwater
A front-page headline read, "Scott looks for jobs in Canada." I hope he finds one and takes it.
Rod Palmateer, Clearwater