A home now, and hope | May 23
Teenager's story inspiring to many
What a great article written by Elisabeth Parker. Thank you! It was such an inspirational story about a young homeless teen, La'Quita Carter. She is an amazing teen that has made good decisions and has remained focused in spite of the odds against her. With all the nasty politics and negative stories it was so refreshing to hear of this young woman and her determination, perseverance and achievements. I wish her the very best at St. Leo University and would hope for an update on her in the future. It would be wonderful if she could tell her story to other young people that are faced with odds stacked against them. She is an inspiration to us all!
Christine Weisser, Tampa
Candidate's photo has a familiar look | May 24
This candidate can't be trusted
"Hello Mayor Buckhorn, would you mind if I took a campaign photo in front of your desk which displays the city of Tampa logo?"
This is how simple it would have been for city council candidate Jackie Toledo when she allowed her image to be photoshopped over the mayor's existing one in his office.
Apparently, she relied on the old adage: "It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission."
As a voter in this upcoming election, it's not a good way to get my vote!
Mike Merino, Tampa
Merrill adds to his staff | May 22
Police worth more than officials
Mike Merrill says, "I don't mind paying a person well, as long as that person performs." He also says you get what you pay for. If he's right, then why does it only apply to county officials? How about police and fire, teachers, or state employees. When it comes to their raises and their benefits, they're not worthy?
My question to him: Who is worth $180,000, a deputy county administrator or a policeman or fire fighter who puts his or her life on the line to save yours?
Richard Gentile, Tampa