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Nielsen Co. must be sent a message on outsourcing

Re: Angst builds over Nielsen, story, May 18

Nielsen must be sent a message

You bet there's angst over the Nielsen Co. and others outsourcing American jobs. But what do we do about it?

When companies want "incentives" for "keeping jobs here," local governments must make them agree to "costs" for outsourcing American jobs. Then hold the companies to the bargain.

And consumers and citizens, what can we do? When you are speaking to a foreign-based customer service person, demand to speak to someone in the United States. If you can't, get another supplier to work with.

In the case of Nielsen, if you are ever called to work on Nielsen research as a media viewer, refuse and tell them to quit outsourcing American jobs. Tell them you want them to get their media viewers from a foreign country if they want to replace our workers with foreign-based workers.

Companies think outsourcing is good business. It is up to us to show them it is not!

Tim Shepherd, Palm Harbor

Re: Angst builds over Nielsen, story, May 18

Does Oldsmar need Nielsen?

Reading about Nielsen's poor excuse for taking Oldsmar taxpayers' money, I think this is disgusting. It shows how much disrespect that big business has for our government and the American public.

I think anybody who has one of Nielsen's boxes hooked up to their television should immediately disconnect them and never reply to one of their polls again.

I do not know how this company is a boon to the city of Oldsmar. And it might be time to tell them either live up to the agreement like it was meant to be, never mind the doublespeak, or leave the area. We really don't need this type of partnership. I think maybe they should move to Atlanta. Maybe Atlanta doesn't care what kind of businesses they attract. Then again, after they hear how Nielsen treated Oldsmar, they won't want them there either.

It's companies like this that have put this country in such dire straits. Maybe it's time for a good ol' house cleaning. Bring back honest government and honest business practices. Lord knows it's well overdue.

Robert Murray, Oldsmar

Open gambling

to everyone

As Florida ponders how it's going to make financial ends meet, due primarily to falling real estate revenues and declining population rates, it continues to identify Band-Aid cures to its problems, such as oppressive sales tax increases which discourage commerce, and increases in the discriminatory homestead exemption, which further exacerbates the already troubled real estate revenue issue. It ignores the most obvious and sensible solution.

Unrestricted and unfettered casino gambling is the answer to the financial woes of the state. Given, there is a significant, but not a majority, part of the population that feels it is morally wrong and we are "paving the road to hell."

The remainder of the population, when considering the positive financial impact it will have on all aspects of our lives, will see the merits to gaming.

I am not suggesting we take casino gambling away from the Native Americans; I am suggesting we open it to all. When considering the hundreds of thousands of construction jobs it could create, along with the auctioning of licenses to the gaming industry corporations, the influx of dollars into the state will be staggering. Adding this to the hiring of people to work these facilities plus the state's share of the casinos' "take" and it is a no-brainer.

What is the down side to this? Obviously, there are problems, but all of them are manageable, as has been demonstrated by the rest of the world.

We are America's playground and gaming will certainly enhance that reputation. Property values will soar and the money generated from collateral businesses created to support this industry cannot even be estimated. Tourism will increase as never before.

Unfortunately, we are stuck with a Legislature that does not have the courage or vision to even suggest this option that would unquestionably benefit most Floridians. The answer to an unresponsive legislative and executive branch is a highly motivated private sector pressuring all levels of government to show this courage and vision. We are coming up on fall elections and it is certainly appropriate to pressure and lobby all candidates on this issue and ask them, "Why not?"

Personally, I am interested and willing to work for this effort and encourage those of like mind to contact me.

Bill Smith, founder,

Clearwater Beach Property Tax

Relief Fund

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