Friday, November 24, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: GOP strategy is bad for business


Shutdown ends | Oct. 17

GOP strategy is bad for business

It was no surprise that the current Republican agenda to shut down the government and place the reputation of U.S. Treasurys on the firing line came to a humiliating end. Both moderate Republicans and Democrats voted to end this faulty, destructing thinking by overwhelming majorities.

Americans once proclaimed that "what's good for General Motors is good for the nation." However, the tea party-led GOP forgot this well-grounded concept. What is good for American business and for Americans is what makes a political party great, not just good. Our keen economic strategies were replaced with the faulty cry for freedom and growth by rallying against health care for low-income, working families. Once again, we are seeing that bad economic ideas are not the fuel for enriching our nation.

Moderate Republicans across America want to rid us of the tea party parasites living off the monetary droppings of misdirected billionaires. Any successful political positioning must include respect for what is best for American business and Americans, which the current GOP strategy fully ignored.

Stuart Berney, Tampa

Shutdown ends | Oct. 17

Serve state, not tea party

It is shameful that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio voted against the bill to reopen the U.S. government. I am appalled that Rubio feels the need to cater to the radical wing of the Republican Party and not the residents of the state.

Not every resident of Florida is a tea party Republican. Not every resident is a conservative. We are Democrats, liberals, independents, moderates, and all of us deserve equal representation.

We expect members of Congress to work together for the good of the country. This past month has shown us that Congress only cares about who makes the most noise. Well, expect us to roar come Election Day.

Sheila M. Roit, Lithia

Fighting vs. governing

House Speaker John Boehner says that they fought the good fight but they lost. What a pathetic lack of understanding. Governing is not about who wins or who losses, it's about doing what is best for the American people. The statement shows what is wrong with Congress, and it will not change until the people replace those in Congress with individuals who do understand what the difference is.

Ronald Matte, Land O'Lakes

Stop the political games

U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent, R-Spring Hill, recently addressed the situation in Washington via a letter to his constituents. I believe it is reasonable and appropriate to reply via this medium since it affords an opportunity to share my comments with other voters in his district.

It is gratifying to read in his letter: "For me personally, I think the country is best served by responsible forward planning and proactive measures to control the debt."

Certainly no reasonable individual can disagree with that, but I would ask just what Nugent has done to achieve this? Are the desperate (and obviously futile) attempts to embarrass President Barack Obama a means of working toward the goal of a balanced budget?

Just exactly what has the House of Representatives done to "accomplish forward planning and proactive measures to control the debt"?

Did bringing the country to the brink of disaster, with the associated economic damage, actually accomplish anything other than to satisfy a small number of tea party voters?

If I may be allowed to look ahead, I am sure that Nugent would argue that he and his fellow members of the House have made numerous attempts to achieve an agreement, but I believe that their efforts have been more in the nature of positions that are intended to embarrass the president, rather than offers of a reasonable compromise.

They continue to play political games while our nation suffers the consequences.

Thomas W. McCarthy, Spring Hill

Time to jump ship

While I was disappointed that our U.S. senator, Marco Rubio, voted to continue the shutdown of government functions and risk a default on the full faith and credit of the United States by voting against raising the debt ceiling, I was not surprised. He has developed a track record of being more interested in his political well-being than in the interests of the people whom he was elected to represent.

When will Rubio realize that he is but a barnacle on the bottom of Ted Cruz's ship of fools?

Jeff Thofner, Tampa

U.S., GOP on the brink | Oct. 16

Demonizing politicians

The Times has reached a new low in biased headlines. This large headline was created for an attached article about congressional negotiations for raising the debt ceiling and solving the shutdown impasse. The article cites the New York Times for reference content, but that paper's front page does not lead off with similar wording.

Judging from this headline, the latest political fight must be the United States versus the GOP. That's ironic considering the GOP only controls one-half of one-third of the federal government. Rather than seeking to understand political controversy, this headline only inflames political discord.

Your constant demonization of the tea party, in print and in cartoons, as a bunch of radical lunatics, goes beyond the pale of impartial reporting, and amounts to little more than liberal propaganda.

David Mokotoff, St. Petersburg


Rollout is a disaster

I have been reading news stories from around the country in the last few days that would make me believe that any fair-minded person would conclude that the rollout of the federal exchanges of Obamacare to date has been a total disaster.

Yet the only mention of the rollout in the Times in the last few days has been an article regarding small business signup in a few of the state-run exchanges. I believe the Times owes it to their readers to give the real story, not just advance their left-wing agenda.

John Haugen, Gulfport


Monday’s letters: Don’t forget pain sufferers

Fighting opioids on many fronts Nov. 22, editorialDon’t forget pain sufferersSufferers of debilitating, chronic pain seem to be largely forgotten in the public and corporate hysteria about opioid abuse. There are millions of people whose chronic pain...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill will benefit all businesses

Nelson warns of tax bill’s effects | Nov. 21Proposal is win for all concernedHas Sen. Bill Nelson even read the new proposed tax bill?If he knew anything about it he should be embarrassed by his rhetoric as stated in the Times article. The corpor...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Saturday’s letters: Value and respect our teachers

Crowd backs raises | Nov. 15Respect and value our teachersTeachers are the "engine" that drives the "train" of our Hillsborough County school district. Teachers and support personnel affect every aspect of a child’s life. They are the students’ "...
Updated: 10 hours ago

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...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17

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....
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17

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