Budget slashes safety net | March 31, editorial
Racking up debt isn't the answer
The Republican budget plan recognizes capital as the seed corn of future growth. The dirty little secret that the redistributionist left tries to hide, with dutiful little helpers like the Times, is that rich people's money, once confiscated for the largest subsidization of dysfunction ever perpetrated by man, never becomes a new factory with jobs or a startup that might blossom into a new industry with a multitude of jobs.
Your willingness to direct public attention away from the future consequences of racking up debt, ratcheting up spending and profligately printing money makes you akin to the doctors who once put leeches on patients' bodies so as to heal them. It is the chronic tax-and-spenders who are bleeding the United States into a Greece on steroids.
Throughout my life I've listened to one iteration or another of the leftist argument that we can improve things for folks who sign the back of a paycheck (or would like to again someday) by attacking the folks who sign the front of them. It never seems to work out, but blind ideology by supposedly smart people like President Barack Obama or your editors keep repackaging and reselling it to people easily swayed by the have vs. have-not malarkey.
Dwayne Keith, Valrico
Editorial cartoon | April 7, Dana Summers
Walking into trouble
Dana Summers' cartoon on strip searches for jaywalking and littering was extremely funny but inaccurate. Everyone knows that here in Tampa our police never issue tickets for jaywalking or littering, as our panhandlers and hawkers know very well.
I was actually told by one upper command officer that he was proud to have never issued a jaywalking ticket in his 15 years on the force. That could explain why so many pedestrians are involved in accidents here.
Craig R. McNees, Tampa
Victim is left in limbo | April 7
She must be helped
The story and pictures of Jennifer Wohlgemuth on the front page were heartbreaking. Here is a beautiful young woman in her prime, doing nothing wrong, when she is hit by a speeding sheriff's patrol car during a high-speed chase. They had to remove part of this poor woman's brain.
How far do these chases have to go? I realize we want our criminals caught, but not at the price of ruining the future of a bright woman.
I know that $8 million is a lot of money, but why can't something else be done? Why not a yearly pension to at least help with her care?
Rachel Metivier, Palm Harbor
Obama-Supreme Court rivalry is old April 6
Do some homework
President Barack Obama's suggestion that the Supreme Court should just consider everything that he or Congress passes to be constitutional is ludicrous. And his use of "unelected judges" even throws his own appointees under the bus.
This former constitutional law professor sure doesn't seem to know what the Supreme Court does: It decides the constitutionality of cases brought before it. Obama needs to go back to the classroom and do some homework on the three branches of our government and especially the Supreme Court.
Dayle Stevens, Largo
Deputies: Tampa man slain in robbery April 7
This article stated that police obtained an arrest warrant for Fabian Demetrick Williams, age 27, on charges of first-degree murder. It further states that Williams served five years in prison for attempted burglary and aggravated assault and that he was arrested last month for carrying a concealed firearm and being a felon in possession of a gun.
What was Williams doing out of jail? What judge gave him a bail amount low enough that he could make bail?
Glen R. Hoffmann, Tampa
Gov. Rick Scott veto
Standing up for taxpayers
It is rare indeed that I have anything positive to say about Gov. Rick Scott, but I must applaud him for his veto of HB 865, which would allow Pinellas transit to increase our taxes from $33 million per year to about $120 million per year.
Although the proponents of this tax swap like to label this tax hike as "a fairer way to fund transportation services," it would open the door for a raise in the sales tax — one of the most regressive taxes — from 7 percent to 8 percent, the highest in the state of Florida.
Robert W. Schultz, St. Petersburg
Send a message, governor
If Gov. Rick Scott signs Senate Bill 1994, the USF Polytechnic bill, it would only validate what we all know is wrong with our political system: that it allows self-serving politicians to promote themselves over the good of the people.
By vetoing this bill, Scott would send our legislators and the people of Florida a message that greed, nepotism and fiscal waste will no longer be acceptable in the Sunshine State.
Vicki and Michael Vawter, Tampa
That other Obama | April 8, commentary
It was refreshing to see an column in the Times that treated President Barack Obama and a Republican, specifically Rep. Paul Ryan, evenly. David Brooks takes on the president's recent remarks about Ryan's proposed budget with biting criticism. To be sure, he still calls out the Ryan plan for its flaws, but he then accuses Obama of using "brain-dead cliches" and an "avalanche of distortion."
In closing, Brooks says the president should instead "top" Ryan with something "bigger and better." Both Republicans and Democrats know that it is politically unpopular to propose the cuts that are needed for the country to right its financial ship. Obama could do it in a second term. He wouldn't have to worry about being re-elected.
Ronald Roman, Oldsmar
Fake pot found in dead teen | April 6
Fake pot, real harm
Let me get this straight: Real pot, though it has some medicinal benefits, is illegal. Fake pot, though it can kill you, is legal. What's wrong with this picture?
Josh Smith, St. Petersburg