Scott's "sound" insurer is costly | Sept 21, story
Putting homeowners in a bind
Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for governor, apparently advocates raising rates for the nearly 1.2 million customers of state-run Citizens Property Insurance. Scott says he wants to make Citizens the insurer of last resort to protect Florida taxpayers and make Florida's insurance market more attractive to private insurance companies spooked away by government intrusion.
I bet his donations from insurance companies are pouring in! Scott's Democratic opponent, Alex Sink, also believes Citizens should be the insurer of last resort and is agreeable to raising rates but not more than 10 percent annually. In any case both seem to be for raising rates.
Where does this leave the homeowners who were forced to turn to Citizens by the greed of private insurance companies such as Allstate, State Farm, Nationwide, etc., which canceled thousands of policies, refused to write new ones and raised rates on the customers they decided to retain?
Rick Scott says, "In a free market economy prices will come down." This may be true for a flourishing economy where there is competition for business from a very healthy working force, but in this day and age the greed of corporate America will not allow prices to come down.
Both parties need to get real and stop the same old rhetoric election after election. When is the last time anyone of you legislators saw prices come down? We no longer have a "free market" economy as conglomerates eat it up and create a "pay as demanded or go without" concept leaving the so-called middle class to continually struggle.
Jack Burlakos, Kenneth City
Scott's "sound" insurer is costly Sept 21, story
Feeling the squeeze
It is as if our "leaders" have all lost their common sense. They seem to believe the voters do not know how to think for themselves and will believe anything they are told.
We just now had to get insurance from Citizens, no longer being insurable through our original company. Our insurance premium almost doubled. Now with Rick Scott we would likely face another large increase.
I do not know who is taking the bigger advantage of us — the politicians or the insurance industry. It is not that the insurance companies only insure homeowners in Florida — they are making huge profits overall and Florida is paying their way. When will it stop?
Bonnie Castle, Tierra Verde
Say no to progressives | Sept. 16, letter
A nation in disrepair
Our infrastructure is crumbling fast. Bridges and dams are becoming dangerous. Roads are deteriorating to the point that cars are being damaged by driving on them. I speak through bitter experience.
The letter writer says, "Say no to progressives." He wants no bills passed in Congress that will raise his taxes. How, in this wide world, can we not pay taxes and still repair our crumbling bridges, dams and roads? The Bush tax cuts, Reaganomics and the elder Bush's "read my lips, no new taxes" mantra contributed greatly to our present economic troubles. Just how much money do billionaires and millionaires need?
We should be using our tax dollars to make these necessary repairs to our infrastructure. In the process, will this not create jobs for the unemployed?
If we don't do this, it is my hope that those who protest the loudest would be witness to one of the bridge collapses that is sure to occur in the near future. Or maybe they should have their car damaged while driving on one of the unrepaired roads.
I realize a lot of President Barack Obama's stimulus money to the states is being used for such repairs, but he receives no credit for those efforts because of nonexistent bipartisanship. The Republicans don't want him to succeed. The tea partiers and Sarah Palin have united for the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, our country is falling apart.
Carolynne Paul, Weeki Wachee
150,000 miles to economic recovery Sept. 20, story
First make sure it will work
Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." But this is exactly what the president's $50 billion stimulus package is.
Monday's article indicated the previous $787 billion package was ineffective for the construction sector because only 6 percent of that was allocated for construction. Well 6 percent of $787 billion is $47 billion, almost the same amount the new proposal is for. Why would we expect to see a bigger impact the second time around?
Before we shovel more money down this rabbit hole, Washington needs to determine why the first $47 billion was so ineffective. If money is not translating into jobs, fix the problem before spending more. I don't believe that many taxpayers would be against a $50 billion investment if it would really put people to work.
If we are going to spend money to create jobs, let's attach some strings to require a certain minimum number of jobs are actually created and for how long. We have already demonstrated a method that does not work.
Jeff Selvidio, Largo
Ah, the good old days of payoffs Sept. 21, Howard Troxler column
Keep reminding us
Kudos to Howard Troxler. Please continue to educate the Florida voters about the business of our elected political leaders. I want to know who is voting for what legislation. Like so many people, I have become very, very disappointed in the leaders of our state. Some of these people are setting a poor example for the future leaders in our country. As a society, we must care about all the people and not only do what benefits a minority. Please keep reminding the public (as we seem to have short memories) about the legislative business.
Troxler should rerun his articles dealing with the bills passed and who voted for what prior to the November elections. I will be watching, and you can be sure this will have a huge impact on how I vote.
Rebecca Cowden, Tampa
Woman thrown from car hood, run over Sept. 16, story
I suspect that this is one of those things that while idiotic survives because "it's always been that way."
This story is about "a 67-year-old grandmother" injured after falling off an auto's hood. Why did you mention that she is a grandmother? Her children and her grandchildren were not pertinent to the story. Was that done to make her more sympathetic?
You do this routinely, but it makes no sense to reference the fact that she had offspring who had offspring. It also implies that her grandmotherhood is the greatest identification she has.
It's bad enough you will publish my age if/when I make the news, but please don't involve my family.
Judy Nelson, Largo