Cain's 9-9-9 plan no pal of working poor | Oct. 17
Tax reform proposal worth a look
Much has been made of those who oppose Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan, but little has been said about those who approve of it. One who champions the plan is Arthur Laffer, the creator of the supply-side Laffer Curve and former President Ronald Reagan's economic adviser. He stated, "There is no doubt that economic growth would surge upon implementation of 9-9-9."
Another fan of 9-9-9 is House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. He stated that he "loves" the plan and went on to add that ideas like Cain's could help shape the debate over tax reform moving into 2013.
Clearly, some of the supporters of 9-9-9 know a little something about economics and tax policy. Perhaps we should give equal time to both sides of the argument.
Eric Forcade, Palm Harbor
The contrast is telling | Oct. 17, letter
Democracy in purest form
As a 63-year-old employed Vietnam vet who participated in Saturday's "Occupy St. Pete" gathering, I would like to add to a letter writer's list of differences between this event and tea party events.
I saw nobody brandishing weapons or wearing sidearms. There were no signs threatening to water trees with blood or using Second Amendment "remedies." In fact, there were no threats implicit or explicit.
I saw no signs with offensive racial slurs such as pictures of the president as a "witch doctor."
None of us arrived on buses paid for by special interest groups headed by folks like Dick Armey and the Koch brothers.
No major TV network ran "public service announcements" for a month in advance promoting the time and location of the gatherings encouraging us to attend. No major TV network was on hand with producers choreographing our gathering to make the best video for their "news" coverage.
I did see the purest form of democracy I have witnessed in my lifetime.
Lee Nolan, St. Petersburg
Family says U.S. strike in Yemen killed teenager | Oct. 18
Casualties of war
I find the complaint about the death of the teenage son of Anwar al-Awlaki by the family ludicrous.
I was born in Berlin, Germany, just before the start of World War II. My mother, sister and I spent those years moving west to flee from the Russians. My father was killed in Italy in 1944. Our apartment building in Berlin was bombed and only the four walls were left. Civilians died in many of the countries involved. It all happened because Germany and Japan started the war, and the death of many innocent people occurred.
When Muslim radicals declared war on the West, innocent people died in the West. Innocent people have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. What is never mentioned by Muslims is that more people have been killed by fellow Muslims than have been killed by the United States and our allies. I have never heard of Muslims protesting about all the Muslims killed by fellow Muslims. It appears that Muslims are only concerned with cartoons.
The two U.S. citizens killed in the drone attack in Yemen were traitors. If innocent people died along with them, it is unfortunate, but that has happened in wars throughout human history. The current war started by Muslim extremists is no exception.
Klaus Ruediger, Temple Terrace
Obama says he will press Congress to pass jobs bill | Oct. 16
Waiting for a plan
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., voted no on a jobs plan submitted by President Barack Obama, so I contacted his office for his jobs plan and, as expected, he doesn't have one. I demand a reasonable jobs plan from my elected representative if he his going to vote against one submitted by a Democrat.
The same question was sent to Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores — again no response. I thought these people worked for me, but you would never know it.
Jeffrey Kenney, Seminole
Rep. Ritch Workman's 'zeal to repeal' | Oct. 17
Put a time limit on laws
Thomas Jefferson anticipated this silliness and proposed a solution: Every law should automatically expire 19 years after its original passage. He believed this would ensure that the living generation would make its own rules instead of being ruled by the dead.
If Florida state Rep. Ritch Workman were to propose this amendment to the state Constitution, instead of attempting to repeal laws one by one, he might get more respect and ultimately be more effective.
Thomas Eppes, Thonotosassa
We need to know why state shuns jobs Oct. 18, Robert Trigaux column
In this column on Florida losing the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Research to Connecticut, Gov. Rick Scott is quoted as saying he couldn't recall the company making an application to the state.
I recall a picture of Rick Scott working in a doughnut shop. A clipping on my refrigerator shows Scott finding his comfort zone on talk radio. It appears he's looking for love in all the wrong places. Perhaps he should go out and woo these opportunities?
Nan Sawyer, Sun City Center
The aura of change | Oct. 18
Credit to the community
The St. Pete Times Forum's face-lift is fantastic, and what Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is doing for the community deserves attention and support.
Vinik's efforts and investments truly make the Lightning the bay area's team. He has invested in the Bolts, the Forum and the community. I felt appreciated as a fan and season ticket holder Monday night.
Ray Kruelskie, Riverview
Nick Anderson cartoon | Oct. 18
Style over substance
Tuesday's editorial cartoon of Herman Cain would be appropriate if the name were changed to Barack Obama.
Obama was elected largely on promises that are now perceived as glittering generalities — bumper stickers lacking substance.
Wayne Mock, St. Petersburg