Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Best government money can buy


Cash magnet | April 4

Best government money can buy

I read with disgust the article about Gov. Rick Scott raising millions of dollars from folks shilling for their businesses. This is simply a way of buying favors that benefit personal businesses over the common good. And these folks don't expect special favors from the governor? This is an indictment of the entire political system. To paraphrase Mark Twain, we have the best governor money can buy.

Barry Koestler, St. Petersburg

Don't let cash talk

When Rick Scott was blanketing the airwaves with his campaign ads for governor, a reporter stopped a woman on the street to ask her whom she was voting for and why. She answered, "Rick Scott because he is on television all the time."

Are we going to let his money buy his re-election?

Joy Appleton, Tampa

Alimony bill draws fire | April 4

Marriage is a contract

They are at it again. This time they want to eliminate permanent alimony. They sit on their perches in the Florida Legislature and want to change contracts that were relied upon in a divorce settlement. Marriage is also a contract. Both parties contributed to the marriage. Not all contributions were monetary. Sometimes to make the divorce agreement balance and be equitable, permanent alimony is necessary.

Now comes the Legislature wanting to change the agreements midstream. The public policy of permanent alimony came about due to the need of one of the parties. Should that party now be tossed out on the street? Should that party become dependent on the state? Take away permanent alimony and the state can wind up paying.

Anita Clifford, Lithia

Antiquated laws

These antiquated laws must be changed. It is unfair for someone to be subjected to a lifetime of payments in support of someone else. People need some support to get on their feet, perhaps, but support for a lifetime? No.

Allison Davis, Wimauma

Mixed message on Citizens' fees April 4

Crushing expense

I just finished reading the article about how our Tallahassee legislators are looking at doubling my homeowners premium. Their argument is that Citizens' rates need to be higher than all other providers.

What about the elderly on fixed incomes who are unfortunate enough to still have a mortgage, which means they have to buy the insurance? How about the ones on food stamps just scraping by? Are these legislators so out of touch with reality that they haven't considered these Floridians?

Or maybe they will devise a plan to help them with discounted rates, similar to the homestead exemption. Of course those who would qualify wouldn't be living in coastal properties.

Daniel Orsello, Tampa

Nelson flips on gay unions | April 5

Stop labeling people bigots

Noting that Sen. Bill Nelson has acceded to John Romano's needling remarks, is one now to be labeled politically incorrect, a bigot, and unpatriotic because of a difference of opinion?

I see nothing disingenuous about a civil union or domestic-partner type of relationship, short of marriage, between two consenting adults with, of course, the appropriate legal protections. This would debunk the issue of rights being denied a particular group.

It's about time for the media to let up on its nonstop brainwashing campaign fostering guilt complexes on those of us who may have reservations with the concept, for whatever reasons. And we await a ruling on this matter by the Supreme Court as well.

Claire McCarthy Lutzmann, Dunedin

Obama to return part of pay April 4

What generosity looks like

The item about President Barack Obama giving some of his pay back to the U.S. Treasury rings so false. He is going to have to scrape by with just $380,000 this year.

Perhaps even more absurd was presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's charitable donations. Conservatives praised Romney's $3 million in charitable donations in 2010, a whopping 14 percent of his income from that year. What they didn't mention was that 78 percent of those donations went directly to the Mormon Church or to the Tyler Foundation, which is run by the Romneys, and much of it funneled right back to the church.

Meanwhile, Albert Lexie, a shoe shiner at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, is giving $200,000 from what he has earned since 1982. With an annual income of roughly $10,000 a year, that amounts to about 30 percent of his income for his lifetime.

So while our rich politicians skim pennies off their vast fortunes to support their own interests, this shoe shiner from Pennsylvania digs deep into his already shallow pockets and gives on a level that would have these Washington corporate puppets running for their tax shelters. If Albert Lexie runs for office, any office, he has my vote.

John Andrew Warrener, Odessa

Combat training: Don't lower bar April 4, letter

Measure up or move on

As a female and a veteran, though not of combat, I agree with this letter: Combat standards should not be lowered for women. When one enlists or is selected for officer training, male or female, the standards are plain and available for anyone to read.

We are all — or should be — expected to comply. The standards are there for a reason: for the safety and proper operation of the unit. Either you measure up or you don't. Period.

Karen Rhodes, Pinellas Park


Friday’s letters: Find private investors for a new stadium

Opening offer from Rays on stadium sounds too low | Nov. 17, editorialFind private investors for stadiumThe Rays "offered" to pay 18.75 percent of the costs? How outrageously presumptuous to say that they offered! Put another way, they demanded t...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Tax plan won’t help wages

Tax billThis won’t help stagnant wagesThe unfair tax proposal that cuts taxes for the rich and most powerful and cuts the ability of working people to claim any comparable deductions is no more than another greedy power grab by the rich and powerful....
Updated: 6 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

Don’t let news on blood pressure raise yours | Nov. 17, commentaryBreaking down health numbersThank you for publishing the timely commentary by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch on blood pressure. The point he makes about relative risks versus absolute risks ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Updated: 8 hours ago