Bucs blackouts cast dark shadow | Oct. 24
Athletes are hardly role models
The days of professional athletes being role models for kids are long gone. That ship sailed with sex scandals, drug use, etc., involving professional athletes. If parents want their kids to have role models, they should look to themselves and not expect athletes, celebrities and the like to serve this function.
Parents need to realize that they are the biggest influence in their kids' lives and take responsibility for being positive models.
And even though the Bucs' home games might not be on television this season, there are still plenty of football games to sit down and watch with your kids — or, better yet, go outside and play football.
Marilynn Myers, St. Petersburg
"Kids miss out on seeing role models because of NFL regulations."
Thanks for the laugh. Better than any of today's comics.
Brenda Wiseman, Sun City Center
Sink's lack of leadership
I was disappointed by Alex Sink's unwillingness to accept responsibility for the violation of campaign debate rules Monday night.
CNN's John King said she knew a message was being delivered to her at the commercial break. She could have refused it.
This is not the first time this has happened with her. By blaming one of her staffers she has violated one of the basic, most fundamental qualities of leadership.
Thomas Roberge, Seminole
Don't let polls influence you
Don't let polls or the media determine who gets elected. Even if a poll shows one candidate or another way ahead, make up your own mind and take the time to vote your choice. This is how democracy works: all of us learning about the candidates and expressing our opinions.
Linda Schatz, Tampa
More work, less bile
What is it that propels us, in this time of domestic and international peril, to staunchly stand by political party ideals and political party candidates and then spend hundreds of millions excoriating the "other" guy/gal?
Whatever told us that we should strictly adhere to our political affiliation and join in pillorying decent people because of their party designation? I am a proud Republican but I do not believe that all members of other parties are hell-bent to destroy our society.
I was a manager in my career, and I would have never questioned job candidates on their political beliefs. Yet we sit in front of our televisions and hear contrived, barely supportable remarks made about people who seek office that make us feel revulsion when, in truth, we would probably welcome them as neighbors or employees.
We are all Americans, and among my friends on both sides of the political aisle, I know people who would reach out to help others in a second, yet we separate on an ephemeral divide over politics. We believe our viewpoint needs to be imposed on others while being incapable of accepting the idea of the "other side" having a worthwhile message.
We all need to get back to being Americans and embracing our Founding Fathers' concept of America embodied in our Constitution and step down from our possibly skewed and lockstep following of the tenets of the party zealots and less-than-honest people who prop up the "system." They have taken us to the status of a second-class country that is heading toward Third World rank.
Through 234 years we have shown resiliency, creativity and decency on a person-to-person basis. With less governance and more "shoulder to the wheel," we can resurrect the America that is less government, more kindness and opportunity for all.
Robert B. Ryan, Bayonet Point
Anger is dangerous
There it is again, sprinkled around the Sunday, Oct. 24, paper. The words "angry voters," or a paraphrase. It does not bode well for the election. Breathes there anyone who did not come to regret a decision made in anger?
Charles E. Lehnert, Riverview
Haiti is in the headlines again, this time for cholera. Cholera could be the poster child for the benefits of modern medicine in our lives.
After suffering huge epidemics, developed countries invested millions in sanitation and clean water for all their citizens, rich and poor alike.
This is called government. To those who call collective action and regulation "socialism" or who say "government is the enemy," I would say, "Let me buy you a ticket to Haiti".
The second arm that protects us from cholera is medical treatment. Many groups large and small, governmental and private are working to bring health care to Haiti. Join and support them.
Mark Morris, M.D., Tampa
Prison, in their words | Oct. 24
Applause for Lane DeGregory's inspiring article about an inmate newspaper in a women's prison that focuses on faith and character development. One older woman's gift of volunteer teaching time has infused purpose and community into an environment where positive growth may be in short supply.
Reading about this program gave me hope that our prisons can one day become more successful as places of rehabilitation. Thank you for making us aware.
Virginia LaBrant, Largo