Friday, November 24, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Republicans feeling isolated should switch parties


History lessons can't predict GOP future | Dec. 13 guest column

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The James Pettican guest column wondered if the "political Grim Reaper" is destined to claim the Republican Party and suggests the party "recast itself as the party that will appeal to the younger and more ethnically diverse voters."

There is already a party that does that. It is called the Democratic Party. If you are a Republican who finds the party has left you without representation or if you are a former Democrat who became a Republican because you felt you had to in order to win political office, it is time to reconsider.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson

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I worked in the private sector and my retirement benefits are paid from Social Security, Medicare & private pension plans which I paid for during my working years. Politicians like U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent get elected to jobs that pay very good public salaries with outstanding benefit packages. The majority of private sector workers would jump for joy at such benefits.

I can say that simply because I've experienced this from my dad who worked over 35 years for New York State. His salary, benefit package and retirement benefits where outstanding and he didn't pay out of pocket for any of it. He lived for almost 30 years in retirement collecting in excess of $1 million from taxpayers who paid these benefits via tax dollars. Plus, he received Social Security and Medicare with complete supplemental retirement medical coverage from New York.

Nugent is in the same golden fleeced Mecca of government benefits befitting a king. He was a police officer, deputy, sheriff of Hernando County and now a member of Congress. He will receive a pension as well as excellent medical benefits now and in retirement. Additionally, he gets an excellent Congressional salary with benefits and qualifies for a federal pension that is separate from Social Security.

If we look at politicians who preach a hard line on not raising taxes, they are the ones who have their hand in the public till fleecing all they can from the taxpayers. Now he walks the GOP hard line of asking for cuts in Medicare, reforms in Social Security and is against raising taxes on the upper 2 percent of our society.

Dennis Fischer, Spring Hill


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