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Sunday letters: Through it all, we have survived

Fed up with voting and Weep for our future | Aug. 19, letters

Through it all, we have survived

Certainly the letter writers are correct as they mourn over the frightful condition in which we find our country. One feels a sick despair at every new revelation of fraud, or hypocrisy or double-dealing. The words of men fighting to win elections ring hollow, somehow. Their aides and friends try valiantly to cover up or smooth over quite serious flaws — a startling breach of ethics, or blatant hypocrisy. And (to my mind) what is the worst of all: an almost defiant effort to buy an exalted position!

In the meantime, the economy teeters on the edge of disaster, men and women are desperate for jobs that seem to have vanished, academics wring their hands at the inadequacies of the education being given our children. Athletes and entertainers are accorded unbelievable salaries, and a growing number of homeless walk the streets of once-proud cities.

In the midst of all this, one must cling to the knowledge that our country has, all through its history, known difficult times. Poverty, war, crime, a divisive Civil War — all these have made large numbers of citizens miserable. And we have survived.

We have shown ourselves greater than the evils that beset us. We'll live through these bad, apparently hopeless years because there are enough men and women who will never give up searching for solutions to the problems they see about them … and who care enough to eliminate them.

Abigail Ann Martin, Brandon

Outsider Scott is in | Aug. 5, story

We need businessmen to be in charge of our state

I voted for Rick Scott and I want you to know why. When we elect someone to represent "the people," we need someone who was part of the people. By that I mean an individual who has "sweated a payroll"; someone who has built businesses; made decisions; faced brutal competition; been on "road shows" trying to convince investors that his company is worthy of their funding; spent a third of his life on planes and in hotel rooms; and perennially battled the lawyers in charge of sales prevention.

I don't know Rick Scott, but he is a businessman. We need more of us in the government and fewer of the lifetime politicians who think entitlement is a birthright and don't know how to spell competition, innovation and drive.

Show 'em how it's done, Rick!

Peter Sontag, Clearwater

Feeling embarrassed

I am a lifelong Republican who voted for Barack Obama, and will do so again. Rick Scott won the Republican nomination in the governor's race because even we old Republicans are sick of today's Republicans.

Beyond the Party of No, and the tea party, and Sarah Palin, we are old-school conservatives, not hatemongers, not religious crusaders, not blind to reason, not bound by party affiliation when the party has traveled so far astray.

Sarah Palin does not speak for me. Glenn Beck does not speak for me. Rush Limbaugh does not speak for me. Enough brainless rhetoric. I used to be proud to be a Republican. Now, I'm just embarrassed.

C. MacDonald, Palm Harbor

Working for wages that don't pay the bills Aug. 22, Robyn Blumner column

It's about managing money

These are very touching stories, but Robyn Blumner ignores the human factor. There are plenty of people working for scut wages who are getting along just fine — even saving money. Also, there are people making six-figure incomes who are declaring bankruptcy. It all boils down to how well you manage your money.

My father worked all his life for truly puny wages but managed to provide for my mother and us four kids. We ate a lot of leftovers, wore a lot of secondhand clothing and did a lot of farm chores but never lacked for the essentials. We regularly made little day trips and took a two-week vacation every summer. We kids all got all the higher education we wanted.

If people have a good work ethic and frugal spending habits, the chances are they will always be able to provide. And their kids will pick up on this and get through life just fine.

Pete Wilford, Holiday

Working for wages that don't pay the bills Aug. 22, Robyn Blumner column

Education is the answer

This column encapsulated so much of what is both idealistic and ruinous with liberal thinking. The answer to the lack of high-paying, low-skilled jobs is not the government setting the price of labor to a "living wage." It is restructuring our school systems and replacing them with the kinds of institutions that can provide kids with marketable job skills.

This would mean that liberals like Blumner would have to challenge that old liberal shibboleth: our outdated, nonproductive union-run public school system. It would also involve rethinking our love affair with a college degree for everyone and replacing it with school systems with equal balance and funding of both college prep and vocational training.

John Kriegsmann, Land O'Lakes

Elitist thinking | Aug. 22, letter

Checks and balances

To the letter writer whose disagreement with Robyn Blumner's Aug. 15 column (Unpopular rights) prompted him to declare her one of the "liberal elite" and to condemn other "righteous thinkers," let me introduce you to James Madison, who, while working with his fellow Founding Fathers to develop the American system of government, declared: "In Republics, the great danger is that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority."

Our Founding Fathers recognized the risk posed by a "tyranny of the majority" and thus created a system of checks and balances that provided for three co-equal branches of government. The judicial branch was devised as a buffer against that tyranny of the majority.

Three cheers for Madison, Hamilton and the rest of those liberal elites.

L.E. Brinkley, St. Petersburg

It's always party time | Aug. 26, Weekend

Test irresponsible drinkers

What a great article for readers who know how to party responsibly. But what about those who don't — who now in most cases will have an extra hour, until 3 a.m., to increase their odds of getting into trouble?

If the local economy needs bar revenues this badly, why not require bars to test customers for alcohol levels as they depart and phone cabs for those who need them?

Dave Jonsson, Seminole

Sunday letters: Through it all, we have survived

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