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North Pinellas letters: Oldsmar allows Nielsen Co. to be lazy

Re: Nielsen layoffs raise concern | story, April 15

Oldsmar allows Nielsen to be lazy

How sad it is that the City Council in Oldsmar is so wishy washy with the Nielsen Co. (one or two did stand up, one being council member Janice Miller) and didn't stand up against what Nielsen is doing to its employees and stealing our tax money. (They took tax money on the promise of more jobs.)

Heaven knows the local Chamber of Commerce (I refer to it as the Chamber of Horrors) will not speak against Nielsen's bad choice of replacing its employees with people from another country. I think it's appalling that this company's only choice for increasing its profits is to bring in cheap alien workers.

Already we are seeing huge unemployment, a higher cost of living, more people unable to afford the necessities of life such as medical coverage, no pensions, people losing their homes and a low dollar value.

Let's face it, when a company is so bad it can only make a profit through cheap wages, it is not worth having in the community. And the CEOs of such companies are not worth their salt and should be fired by their boards as being totally inadequate in their job.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm sick and tired of these types of businesses that only can think of cutting wages or hiring outside of the country to make a profit instead of putting some time and effort into running a good business. It all boils down to greed and lazy management.

God save us all from the business ethics of today. Bush has taught them well.

Robert Murray, Oldsmar

Re: Nielsen layoffs raise concern | story, April 15

Nielsen's layoff reason a bitter pill

Thank you for bringing this story to the notice of the taxpayers and officials of Oldsmar and Pinellas County.

Everyone is aware of outsourcing and the global economy, but when this is happening in our own back yard, it really hits home.

You can rest assured that I have many unanswered questions regarding Nielsen's assertion that they are meeting the target jobs as specified by the agreements signed five years ago.

Even if they are, that still leaves a bitter pill for all the taxpayers to swallow — that this company is receiving tax dollars while laying off American workers.

I also have a problem with our esteemed federal government allowing corporations to bring these (foreign) workers into this country on the premise we do not have enough trained workers to do the jobs. I don't understand how they can get away with this when they are training foreign workers and laying off U.S. citizens. Maybe someone should investigate that, too.

Rest assured the Oldsmar City Council is looking into it.

Suzanne Vale, Oldsmar City Council member

Re: Gas tax proposal — tiny gain, new pain | story, April 18

Rising gas prices won't change us

I would love to see a drop of 40 cents per gallon of gas, but would it do any good?

As the price of gas goes up, I have not seen a driving difference by the common motorist. Drivers still floor the gas pedal when taking off at a traffic light. They still speed to the next red light, then jam on the brakes. They still tailgate if the driver in front of them has the temerity to actually drive at the posted speed limit.

Some intersections have four-minute waits to go from red to green (Belleair Road at U.S. 19, for example). Maybe the solution is for the public to shut down their cars at these long lights. The bottom line is, everyone will complain about the high cost of gas, but most will do nothing to get better mileage.

Al Simard, Largo

Re: 10 bedrooms, 0 power bill | story, April 8

'Showplace' home is really big waste

For decades now, I've been trying to figure out why men such as developer Jeff Ricketts want to build big houses. Do you suppose such a monster is called a "showplace" for a good reason?

No, Ricketts' house is not a "net zero energy house." Consider the energy spent in manufacturing and providing all the materials used in the house, plus its construction. What a sham.

When people can begin to consider how much of everyone's physical environment they meaninglessly devour just to "show off" publicly, then we will be moving "back to the future" of meaningful human living.

P.S. Long-range planning is needed to make a house a home.

Nadine Duke, Oldsmar

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North Pinellas letters: Oldsmar allows Nielsen Co. to be lazy 04/26/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 28, 2008 11:21am]

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