Sunday, December 17, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: NFL dispute showed value of unions

It's over: Officials, NFL agree to deal | Sept. 27

Dispute showed value of unions

Let's face it: The referee lockout was about greed on the part of the NFL commissioner and the owners. They disdain the union and the working man.

I have been in a unionized workplace all of my life with the exception of the military. I have been with the meat packers, pipe fitters, ironworkers, teamsters and firefighters. Everything I have now is because of the union affiliation. Every benefit I got from those professions we had to bargain for. Those company owners and city officials never came to us and said, "You people are great; here's a nice raise for you."

It's too bad that it took a referee lockout to see the importance of unions. The refs just wanted a fair shake for a job well done. Imagine if firefighters and police were replaced by inexperienced workers because they were not allowed to bargain for fair compensation. The current climate against organized labor is frightening.

This isn't just about unions but the whole working class. The rich just keep getting richer. Professional football owners and commissioners have shown their true colors: green.

Joe Kraeszig, Belleair Bluffs

Hit them in pocketbook

All the NFL owners and their commissioner care about is squeezing as much money as they can out of their players, officials, fans and, in many NFL cities, taxpayers.

They didn't care what happened to our game when they locked out the referees. They wanted to squeeze a few dollars out of the pockets of their employees to put in their own. It had nothing to do with the game and everything to do about owner greed.

This won't be the last time NFL owners stick it to the fans. Maybe we ought to lock them out by skipping a game or two, switching the channel or buying products the NFL isn't selling. Let's remind them that it's the fans who allow them the privilege to peddle their product to the masses. Hit them in the pocketbook and maybe NFL owners will think twice before they mess with our game again.

Gene Wells, Tampa

Campaign 2012

Consult the numbers

It is always helpful to look at the facts to understand a situation. So let's use the facts the U.S. Labor Department gives us to compare the Republican and Democratic parties.

The Republican Party has held the presidency for 28 of the last 50 years; the Democrats for 22 years. In that half century, the total number of jobs created by the Republicans was 24 million, compared to 42 million under the Democrats.

The stock market return under the Republicans was 109 percent and under the Democrats 992 percent; or, annualized, under the Republicans 2.7 percent and Democrats 11 percent.

Gross national product under Republican leadership grew 2.7 percent, compared to 4.1 percent under the Democrats. Income growth under the Republicans was 0.6 percent versus 2.2 percent under the Democrats.

Sharon E. Rapp, Homosassa

Fla. justice criticizes GOP attack | Sept. 25

Threat to democracy

I don't know any other term but bullying to describe the Republican Party's assault on democracy and freedoms in Florida. They are now going after Supreme Court justices. When I look back over the past several years at their actions, it seems the party is becoming more arrogant and intoxicated with political power. It's like they can do and get away with just about anything.

A judge does not have a militia, army or a police force to enforce orders. A judge only has a pen and the ability to use it on documents. So why do people in this land of democracy comply? It's our respect for and trust in our independent and impartial judiciary. We all know that an independent judiciary is the cornerstone of our democracy.

Al Mccray, Tampa

Time is short to stop Iran, Netanyahu says Sept. 28

No time for complacency

On Sept. 11, 2001, the world witnessed in graphic detail the result of an attack by Islamic terrorists on defenseless civilians in an effort to create maximum havoc. Had these same Islamic terrorists had access to a nuclear device, does anyone doubt they would have used it?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be a voice crying in the wilderness while the world sits back. Complacency is a sign of weakness, which the Islamists relish.

Peter J. Brock, Sun City Center

Romneys release tax bill | Sept. 22

A charitable return

There has been a great deal of discussion regarding Mitt Romney's income taxes. Granted he paid only 14.3 percent on capital gains of $13.6 million. Under current law that is all he was required to pay. How many people do we know who pay more income tax than required by law?

However, going a little deeper we find that he donated $4 million to charities of his choice. Add that to the $1.95 million he paid in taxes and it constitutes 43.8 percent of his income. There is a strong possibility that the $4 million will reach as many, if not more, people in need than if it was paid to the government as tax.

Thomas Varnum, North Redington Beach

We can't tax our way to recovery Sept. 28, letter

Consumers are the key

The concept of not taxing the wealthy "job creators" because they are the economic engine of recovery is false. The economic engine of recovery is the middle class; their purchasing power drives our economy. Over 70 percent of the American economy is driven by consumer spending.

Business growth does not depend upon the wealthy. No matter how much funding is available, no business will grow without customers.

Jay Hall, Tampa

IEDs remain deadliest threat to U.S. troops Sept. 28

Civilians terrorized

In addition to IED casualties, another ongoing tragedy are the civilian deaths caused by U.S. drone attacks. A report by Stanford/NYU researchers documents the effect of drone strikes on civilians living in Pakistan. It says: "The number of 'high-level' targets killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low — estimated at just 2 percent."

The effects on the civilian population of living with the terror of drones 24/7 are profound. We are terrorizing the local population.

Robert Van Wyk, St. Pete Beach


Monday’s letters: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
Published: 12/15/17
Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17