The "no match-no vote" ID law
Voter ID law is reasonable Look! It's simple. The law known as "no match-no vote" simply requires proper identification for people wishing to register to vote. Is that not reasonable?
No one is being targeted because of the difficult spelling of their name. Believe me, Orfeo Giuseppe Trombetta knows.
And why is it thought to be mostly a Latino problem? What about Asian, or Indian, or African names? Are they not equally challenging?
Those who argue that this is unfair are of the same ilk as those who say that the e-verify program, which allows employers to determine whether new immigrant employees are using legitimate Social Security numbers, is unfair. It is just another ploy to gain advantage by circumventing existing law.
Orfeo Trombetta, Seminole
Voters' rights are not being subverted
At the very least, one should be able to present identification that matches one's voter information. Since honesty is assumed, this is the very least one should do.
It is not an attempt by anyone to subvert anyone's rights, and to think so is bizarre.
Had those people who were buying houses they knew they could ill afford been asked to present sufficient proof of sustained income, we would not be in the economic nightmare we are in.
There is not always a dark motive. Though here lately, it seems we are in a crisis of integrity.
Harriet P. Sherwood, Clearwater
Don't be bamboozled by Wall Street bailout
Somehow I get the feeling, after watching and listening to our elected representatives explaining the importance of the financial bailout, that I have just bought a truckload of booze from Mordecai Jones, the Flim-Flam man.
I have always paid my way, without any help from the government.
If anything, the government has hindered my financial status with burdening taxes.
I am now debt-free and retired.
Why in the heck should I now support backing the poor rich people with tax money that my children might be liable for?
Sorry, but no free passes.
Let the chips fall where they may.
Guy Nash, St. Petersburg
We are like lemmings
I am a die-hard Democrat. I can't vote Republican even if I don't like the Democrat on the ballot. I either leave it blank or vote for someone I've never heard of. However, this bailout plan stinks to high heaven. I applaud the Democrats who voted no, and I'm actually praising the Republicans who voted no.
As much as the greed on Wall Street is a huge part of this problem, there is blame with us Main Street folk, too. We borrowed too much; we wanted to be like the Joneses. Credit was easy and no one read the fine print. Sure there are true victims of this, but collectively we went hog wild, and so did Wall Street.
Why did "we" get into this mess? I blame it on an administration that, in the face of adversity, said, "Keep shopping." And we, like lemmings, did exactly that. So if Wall Street went over the cliff, we are following them.
Bailout the leader who caused a whole cultural reliance on a piece of paper? No! We need to get back to making things. We are good at that, you know.
Wendy Covin, Hernando
Let them fail | Oct. 1, letter
Heal the sick economy
The writer of this letter really does not understand the issues involved in our current economic crisis. Why else would she suggest that the rescue fund (I prefer that term instead of bailout fund) would be better spent on a health care system, incentives for alternative energy companies that create new green jobs and on infrastructure rebuilding?
As your 1A story that day points out, the spigot of credit that funds the economy is slowly being turned off. Unless action is taken on a rescue plan, there may not be as many hospitals or professional medical centers left to run a health care system; the bonds used to rebuild infrastructure will go unsold and the alternate energy field, which thrives on credit to survive, will go out of business. It's time to put the blame game off until a later date. Now is the time for Congress to act.
By the way, this is from a conservative who believes in less government interference in our lives. However, on the rescue plan issue, too many of my fellow conservatives in and out of government are putting ideology first. I compare their position to the family who does not believe in medicine even to the point of letting a sick child die. We need less ideology and more medicine to keep our economy alive.
Joseph Wynne, New Port Richey
Like Robin Hood
This bailout is nothing less than economic affirmative action. Our government (liberal Republicans and Democrats) pressured lending institutions into lowering their standards and granting mortgages to unqualified borrowers. Just like Robin Hood, robbing from the haves and giving to the have nots.
As a result, Americans in neighborhoods across this country who have played by the rules and lived within their means will have to pay. Robin Hood is alive and well, thanks to this Democratic liberal doctrine.
Mark A. Homrich, Sarasota
A day to remember
President Bush wanted to privatize Social Security. If his plan had been adopted, I think millions of dollars would have been lost in the last few years.
In the future, if another president or Congress comes up with that idea, we should just remind them of Sept. 29, 2008.
I have nothing against private investment, just don't use Social Security funds.
Dominic Grillo, Dunedin
This was an honor no longer | Oct. 2, story
Rather than Hillsborough County Commission chairman Ken Hagan limiting the speech of a recipient trying to return her Moral Courage Award as a protest to the award's renaming, Hagan should prominently display this returned honor on his desk to remind him of the true meaning of the award — that is, courageousness and honor.
Then again, Hagan made his own point when he took it upon himself to publicly throw into the trash can Eileen Hart's philosophical sacrifice.
Lynn Cannella, Tampa