Saturday, December 16, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday's letters: It's bribery, no matter who does it

Florida has pledged $155M for jobs | June 23

It's bribery, no matter who does it

Would someone explain the difference between a corporation bribing a government employee to allow it to locate a facility in a particular location (as is alleged in Wal-Mart's Mexico issue), and a government bribing a corporation to locate in a particular location (as outlined last week on the front page of the Times)?

In both cases the bribe money goes to individuals — either to government employees or to stockholders. The stockholders are either paying (as in the Wal-Mart example) or receiving (as noted in the Times) — both with the anticipation of ultimately profiting from the bribe. So what's the difference between corporate bribery and government bribery?

Willson Edwards, St. Petersburg

Respect states' rights | June 24, letter

Let the majority decide

A letter writer claims we need to keep the Electoral College because if we used the popular vote instead, it "would give the Democratic Party the edge in almost all elections." This admission that more Americans support Democrats than Republicans is revealing.

Republicans like to portray themselves as part of mainstream America while portraying the Democrats as out-of-touch extremists. If that were so, Republicans would not be losing the popular vote. In reality, both the Electoral College and the senatorial filibuster rule give the smaller number of people supporting the Republican platform far more power and influence in government than they otherwise would have.

Why not scrap the Electoral College and actually let both parties compete directly for the hearts and minds (and votes) of the American people instead?

Lee Kasner, Tampa

Younger Americans are getting the shaft June 22, commentary

Blame defense spending

Matt Miller's article starts out all right and then veers into fantasy land. He spends half his article blaming entitlements for the problems. Both Social Security and Medicare are in the black. Both have lent trillions of dollars to the rest of the federal government. Infrastructure has been crumbling, due to neglect, for over 20 years. This in no way can be attributed to entitlements.

The truth is that massive tax cuts and massive increases in the military budget are the culprits. The defense budget now takes over 59 percent of the discretionary budget. Want to fix most of the problems he lists? The simple solution is two steps. First tax all income the same, both labor and capital. Second, go back to Clinton tax structure or, better yet, the Eisenhower era (adjusted for inflation).

Christopher Radulich, Apollo Beach

Inequality is the issue

Matt Miller's op-ed piece steers perilously off track. He champions a generational war — a smokescreen that obfuscates the real problem: the middle class has been robbed and we are broke.

Over the last three decades, 80 percent of our economic growth has accumulated in the coffers of the top 1 percent; over the same period their taxes rates have been drastically reduced, which has largely driven up our national deficits and debt.

Rather than dealing with this inequity, Miller would have the 99 percent rest of us quibble among ourselves over the crumbs left over.

Robert White, Valrico

Obama draws contrast | June 23

Get to work

While I'm happy that our president made a stop in our beautiful city, I wish he and the congressional leaders could make some progress to help us. A highway bill hasn't been passed, student loan interest rates are going up, vets and others are out of work — and bills sit collecting dust.

To President Barack Obama, Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate: Please work together to fix the problems. Save the super PAC dollars and airline miles or use them to pay down the debt.

Todd J. Goodman, Tampa

Grand Prix on through '17 | June 22

Museum shouldn't suffer

Everyone agrees the Honda Grand Prix race is an asset to St. Petersburg. It brings in a large amount of revenue.

However, the Dalí Museum also brings in a large amount of revenue for the city. The amount of money generated for St. Petersburg by the Dalí Museum most likely far surpasses the revenue generated by the race. And, if you factor in the revenue generated by the Mahaffey Theater and all other businesses that are greatly impacted by the race, the amount is much greater.

Why should the Dalí Museum, Mahaffey Theater and other businesses be forced to take big losses in their revenue by the City Council because of this race?

Council member Karl Nurse says: "Can't we all just get along?" Instead of words, why can't the City Council negotiate with the businesses being impacted for a fair and equitable compensation from the city to each business for their loss of revenue during the 45 days required to set up and tear down the barricades for the race?

The Dalí Museum is further harmed by the fact that anyone wanting to go to the museum during the race is forced to but a race ticket whether they want it or not. The city should be able to find a solution to keep this from happening.

Lawrence Woolley, Largo

Government's appetite | June 23, letter

Tax the junk food

I agree that the government has a stake in the public's health. It spends a large portion of its revenue covering people's unhealthy habits. As an RN, I see the results of these habits daily. However, we are a free people entitled to our choices, and I don't want the government telling me what to eat, drink or smoke. Banning things or sizes of things doesn't work (remember Prohibition). Cigarettes are still legal, as they should be.

Why not deal with the obesity problem like we do with smoking? We tax cigarettes and some of the proceeds go to educating the public about the perils of smoking. I think people should be able to buy what they want to eat and drink in the sizes they choose, but an appropriate tax should be levied. These monies should be split between education programs on nutrition and the government's health costs.

At least then, when those who choose to overindulge face the consequences of poor health, there is a way to pay for it without cutting into everyone else's piece of the tax pie or their right to choose.

Deidre Teagarden, Temple Terrace


Monday’s letters: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
Published: 12/15/17
Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17