Calling it a career | Oct. 10
Bill Young served his district well
I am not a Republican nor have I ever agreed with their concepts of governing. However, as a veteran I have always voted for Rep. C.W. Bill Young. I have had occasion to contact congressman Young seeking his assistance on a VA matter. Although he could not help in my situation, he responded immediately and, most importantly, honestly. I have talked to several veterans and heard accounts about how he helped them with positive results. He was always there for us, no matter what the outcome.
Whoever is elected to replace congressman Young will have some giant shoes to fill. I wish C.W. Bill Young the very best of health and happiness in his coming retirement, and I am sure veterans will agree with me that he will be sincerely missed.
Jack Burlakos, Kenneth City
Calling it a career | Oct. 10
Move toward moderation
The retirement of Rep. C.W. Bill Young is an opportunity to send someone to Congress who believes in middle class values, who will defend seniors and who recognizes the importance of health care for all citizens. After 43 years in office, it was evident that Young had become a far-right conservative who no longer represented a moderate Pinellas County constituency.
Our next congressional representative must fight any plan that decreases Medicare or Social Security, work across party lines to bring good jobs to Pinellas, ensure affordable health care for everyone, support educational standards that allow comparison of success across the nation, guarantee women's rights, promote equality for all, and work for rational gun legislation.
More than anything, we need someone in Congress who knows what compromise truly means.
Scott Willis, St. Petersburg
Decades of dignity, service | Oct. 10, editorial
Too long in office
Another career politician retires. This is exactly what's wrong with our system of government. Now let's heap loads of praise on Rep. C.W. Bill Young for exactly the thing Republicans are bashing everyone except their own party on: bringing in the taxpayer bucks as long as it benefits us and our turf.
You make it sound like these career politicians have worked so hard. The only thing they work hard for is making sure they get re-elected so they can keep the perks and ego-stroking they're addicted to.
James Payne, Spring Hill
USF global efforts pay off | Oct. 6
Benefits cross the border
Florida taxpayers built the university system and fund it annually. This is for the benefit of Florida students. We should not be training international students who will then return to their countries and compete with American companies.
And speaking of funding, how did UCF get a new stadium when the Citrus Bowl was perfectly acceptable?
Wesley Mann, Port Richey
Priorities out of order
It is amazing that a bill can be passed to pay government employees who missed work, but single mothers with special needs children who receive Social Security benefits have not received payments as of yet. Payments are backed up because there is no one to process them, but government officials can get retro money for the government being shut down. The priorities are wrong.
Annette Alvarez, Tampa
Scott's jobs czar set for second hefty raise Oct. 9
The rich get richer
So Gov. Rick Scott's business czar will get a big raise and a six-figure payout if he loses his job. In Florida we can always find money to reward the people on top. We give the CEO of Tampa International Airport a 5 percent raise and cut state employees' pay by 3 percent. We cut, for what already was a small unemployment check, the number of weeks for unemployment. We cut education and can't afford to expand Medicaid. But we always find more money to give to those making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
Christopher Radulich, Apollo Beach
Too many missing details
Gov. Rick Scott has instructed Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to hold public hearings on Common Core State Standards to allow the public to air concerns. The first of these meetings is being held Tuesday at the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry campus in Tampa from 5-8 p.m.
The public may be disappointed to discover that their overall views are not invited. Instead, the format limits discussion to specific individual standards. The public will be limited to three minutes per person to question or comment on a specific standard but cannot address any other part of the controversial program.
Does the governor want true input or not? Some issues that should be addressed: What if Florida standards are already higher in some areas than those of Common Core? How, when and where can citizens view the content and curriculum before authorizing the standards? How will Common Core change what additional data on students and families are collected? Who will be the custodian of this information? Why are the estimates of cost so difficult to nail down?
These are just a few critical questions that probably won't be addressed at the three public hearings as they are currently structured.
Nancy G. Fogle, Brandon