Scott backs off on jobs | Oct. 14
Governor retreats with impunity
It is interesting that Rick Scott as a candidate based his campaign on his ability and promise to produce 700,000 new jobs in Florida. It was not just to keep the unemployed at the same level as when he came in, as he now claims. He brazenly touted his plan for 700,000 new jobs.
Now he says he does not feel obligated to keep this promise and even insinuates that we were naive to believe that number. Once again our governor feels you should not hold him responsible if he does not intend to keep his promises.
He is never at fault: lost e-mails, unemployment staying the same or getting worse, no 700,000 new jobs, and so on. Our governor feels he can deceive with impunity and he is very good at it.
Patricia Houghtalen, New Port Richey
Board's lesson on character | Oct. 13, editorial
Virtues taken out of schools
Let me get this straight. Thugs and drugs in all our schools, but no Boy Scouts. Shootings, stabbings, bombings, rape in the hallways, but no Boy Scouts. Disrespect for teachers, fighting, teen suicide, teen pregnancy, rampant illiteracy, but those Boy Scouts, with their virtues of honesty, integrity, self-reliance — no, thank you. Please save the PC spin on this one. The inmates have taken over the asylum.
Sloane Golden, St. Pete Beach
Perry, Romney lead in funds | Oct. 15
Run on merit, not money
For years I have dreaded election time — the mudslinging TV ads, the phony smiles and promises in ridiculous debates. Each election season there are a new crop of inept, prospective leaders being stuffed down our throats.
But what really infuriates me is that these guys can raise millions (on top of their millions) trying to fulfill their egotistical ambitions. In the meantime, whole families with children have lost their jobs, homes and health insurance.
Let politicians run on merit and not money. Until then, I shut off my TV when the freak show heats up.
Ursula Yanno, Seminole
Occupy Wall Street
Keep protests peaceful
In the '60s I was part of the movements for civil rights and getting us out of Vietnam. These movements were successful, in part, because they focused their energy on one subject and sent a clear message to the people.
If a movement clutters its agenda with a laundry list of many other causes, the message will be diluted and its impact will be weak.
The Wall Street protesters must restrain the anarchists, who will only hurt their cause, and stay nonviolent.
James Cone, Thonotosassa
Taking back the country
I'm glad these protesters are putting a voice to the dissatisfaction that we have with the distribution of wealth in this country. They can turn their passion into a productive result if they will all vote out members of Congress who are bought by big money.
Too many of our leaders are no more than paid lobbyists with a vote. I hope the 99ers kick them out.
Lorraine Madison, St. Petersburg
Police restrict Occupy Tampa | Oct. 15
A basic civic right
I have news for Capt. Brian Dugan and police spokeswoman Laura McElroy: "Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
This is Civics 101. And the response of the Tampa police is coercion by force to withdraw the constitutional guarantees that the Founding Fathers of this mighty republic enumerated so long ago. For shame.
Christopher Jonathan Gerber, St. Petersburg
Bishop, diocese indicted | Oct. 15
Not needed on front page
This story — two misdemeanors, in another state — is not worthy of front page above the fold. And the headline makes readers wonder, "Our bishop? Our diocese?"
It truly is news, but stick this story inside, where you put the March for Life and other news about Americans fed up with the culture of death and secular socialism.
Bob Musselman, St. Petersburg
Citizens, not shirkers, needed | Oct. 7, editorial
Jury pool change to blame
The problem with Florida's juries began in January 1998 when jury selection changed from a pool of registered voters (usually civic-minded citizens) to a pool of drivers licensed by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Ask any prosecutor, judge or law enforcement officer off the record about the caliber of juries under this driver's license selection process. DNA evidence, videotapes of crimes in commission, etc., often aren't enough for a conviction.
Better yet, think about the drivers you see on the roads and the folks you see lined up at polling booths waiting to cast their votes. Which would you want serving on a jury?
Rosalyn Buchanan, San Antonio
Get going on solar | Oct. 15, letter
I'm a strong supporter of solar power, but I take issue with the idea that we should be grateful for cheap solar panels from China. Ask all those homeowners with defective, but cheap, drywall from China what they think about buying more cheap infrastructure materials from our Asian competitors.
Laura Vinogradov, Lutz
Block party | Oct. 13, Weekend
I was drawn to the cute story about Legoland opening, but then the prices were mentioned. I understand that the interactive experience offered would be rewarding for children, but parents putting out at least $200 for the two to three hours made my jaw drop.
One only need look to the article in the same edition of the Times (Zap! It's like new) to find the one boss who "gets it" — the owner of the Lightning.
The worldwide corporate disconnect to the common man will backfire with this attitude that we'll always be there.
David Hawes, Tarpon Springs