Plan goal: Hire 100,000 veterans
This Veterans Day, I want to encourage businesses to employ our nation's heroes for a stronger, more efficient workplace. If businesses looking for new employees want self-starters, strategic thinkers and confident leaders, each of these qualities describes our nation's veterans. With more than 440,000 veterans living in the Tampa Bay area, our region has a wealth of highly trained, highly skilled talent from which to draw. Tampa ranks second among the largest active labor forces and currently boasts the fastest growing population in the state — positioning it as an attractive location where veterans can thrive.
At DTCC, we've seen firsthand the assets veterans bring to the workforce and the strength they can add to every level of an organization. Our company works to secure the stability of domestic and global financial marketplaces, and we need to attract the absolute best talent to support this mission.
In the spring of 2012, DTCC joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission — a coalition of companies that have pledged to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020. To date, the initiative has successfully hired more than 77,000 veterans collectively since 2011.
Through focused hiring efforts, we've recognized how veterans' skills complement many of our main focuses, such as risk mitigation, IT and cyber security. Their technical skills, as well as their work ethic, make veterans some of the best job candidates we've encountered. Because of their prior training, our veteran employees tend to have exceptional learning curves, as they already possess the leadership qualities we need.
DTCC has taken several steps to attract, recruit and retain veterans to our company. We've proactively reached this group at military career fairs, military bases, recruitment agencies and online initiatives.
Tampa Bay businesses have an excellent opportunity to utilize this exceptional talent source and serve those who have served our country, especially considering the proximity of the more than 15,000 military and 2,700 civilian personnel at MacDill Air Force Base.
As we remember all the sacrifices our nation's veterans have made, I encourage companies to think about how joining the 100,000 Jobs Mission or creating a veteran initiative in their companies can impact our heroes.
Eric Miller, managing director, DTCC Tampa, Tampa
'If you like your plan …' | Nov. 7, PolitiFact
It's a lie, plain and simple
The president flat-out lied to America about keeping your policy. It doesn't affect me as I am 100 percent disabled from the VA and have a Medicare supplement, but the president lied in this instance and PolitiFact knows it.
Charles Farrell, St. Petersburg
Muddying the waters
If a man tells a lie 34 times, how hard it is it for the Tampa Bay Times to tell the truth in your headline? "The man lied!" would have been a refreshing admission of the truth. Congratulations, your front page is obfuscation at its best.
Peter Sontag, Clearwater
It's up to the insurers
I think the key word here is "you." The statement made by the president is about as simple as it can be: "You can keep your plan."
The simple truth is, the insurance company decides if you keep it or not. You have no say in the matter.
Did the president lie? What if he had said, "If the insurance company lets you keep your plan"? Would he still be a liar?
Richard Gentile, Tampa
The end of junk policies
With health care accounting for one-sixth of the economy, the health care lobby is one of the single biggest business contributors to the GOP. Before Obamacare, health insurance policies could skimp on benefits while increasing on-demand costs, such as co-payments and deductibles. The net effect was shifting health care costs from upfront premiums to out-of-pocket costs at the time of service. With that approach, premiums are balanced downward with demand costs upward.
Obamacare, as a consumer protection program, will put an end to the grand dollars spent on health insurance lobbying, with Republicans suffering the most. No wonder the GOP is crying so loudly.
With standardized health insurance benefits, a big loss in campaign contributions will occur. In the end, the health care insurance business decided it would be less expensive to have defined benefits rather than getting away with junk policies. If you like health care, it is only going to get better.
Stuart Berney, Tampa
My brother, who is close to 80 years old, tried to vote in the Ohio elections last week but couldn't because he no longer has a valid driver's license. Although he brought along his valid passport as his identification, he was told he needed his birth certificate and verification of his street address like a utility bill to his home where he has lived for over forty years.
He returned later to the same precinct and brought with him a folder containing his birth certificate, his baptism certificate, his first communion certificate, his marriage certificate and his honorable discharge papers from the U.S. Marine Corps.
When presenting this to the same poll worker, he said, "Now do you know who I am?"
Mary Jane Miller, Bayonet Point
Daylight saving time
Time for a change
Time change twice a year is too much. It was bad enough when we were working, but it is even worse when you are older, retired and more attuned to the time of day.
We do not need it. Most people think it is an imposition, and if the government cannot change it voluntarily, it should be brought before the citizens for a vote to determine if it should cease.
Lowell E. Peiffer, Port Richey