Injuries on the rise for U.S. troops | April 7
Too many soldiers are suffering
I served in World War II and saw its horrors firsthand. I was appalled to read of the staggering numbers of amputations and injuries from 2009 to 2010 in Afghanistan.
The United States is involved in three wars: Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Year after year we continue to send our soldiers to these places without tangible results. Win it or get out. Our battlefields are becoming more and more brutal. Too many of our brave soldiers are suffering from amputations and injuries that cripple them for rest of their lives.
I know that this is a topic that has fatigued the nation; that is evident in what is reported as "news." But I don't want to know what movie star is expecting or who is kissing whom. Stories must keep our focus on our troops.
John V. Stahley, Seminole
Bill increases awareness
The Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act in the Florida Legislature (HB 25 and SB 96) requires mammographers to report a woman's breast density score in results that must be shared with her and her physician. Knowing one's density score is important because dense tissue and cancer lesions both appear white on mammography film, significantly increasing risk for a false negative test result — in other words, a conclusion that you don't have cancer when in fact you do.
Women with very high density are four to five times more likely to get breast cancer than women with low density. About one third of breast cancer goes undetected by mammography in women with dense breast tissue. For women with high density, ultrasound and MRI may be better screening options, but informed decisionmaking between women and their doctors can't occur without knowledge of density and its impact on the effectiveness of mammography.
I hope readers will support this bill and that its passage will precipitate widespread awareness and education for informed screening decisions that consider breast density and risk intensity.
Judith Ann Ebbert, Lakeland
Poll: Voters increasingly dislike Scott April 6
Governor doing his job
Yes, the governor's poll number get lower as he moves to correct the financial condition of Florida. We've had too many years of sparing the rod and spoiling the citizens.
We'll all suffer the necessary discipline to correct our bad habits. We need to become a working nation, one without its hands out for something free.
Bob Kinder, St. Petersburg
Invitation to criminals
It may be premature, but I want to thank the Florida Legislature for its attempt to assist me in these difficult economic times. By deregulating many areas of business, it will open the doors to "entrepreneurs" who have previously been handicapped by the red tape that requires absurd things such as licenses, criminal record checks, etc. Now the scammers, hustlers and ne'er-do-wells will be able to help the aged, infirm and naive without being hindered by "Big Brother" in Tallahassee and its silly rules.
By the way, I am a criminal defense attorney. The potential expansion of my "entrepreneurial" client base is exciting.
Arthur N. Eggers, Tampa
Parents protest cuts to agency | April 7
Harming the helpless
Just when you thought Gov. Rick Scott could stoop no lower than cutting pensions for hardworking teachers, police and firefighters, he manages to slash funds for the developmentally disabled, leaving caregivers without means to continue their services.
That's where you want to make cuts, governor? For people who can't take care of themselves? Corporate Florida and the rich have nothing to fear as long as Scott makes it his mission to protect them and punish the rest of us.
Tony Mercer, Palm Harbor
Trump on Obama birth | April 7, PolitiFact
Go to the source
Please ask the birthers to find out in which country Barack Obama was born, so we can order all of our presidents from there.
Alice de Schweinitz, Spring Hill
Historical amnesiacs | April 8, Daniel Ruth column
Humor and insight
Please, can we have more columns by Daniel Ruth? Given the sorry state of Florida politics, and the crazy way some people want to distort facts, Ruth's humorous and insightful columns are about all that keep some of us sane.
His column on "historical amnesiacs" fit nicely with the powerful messages of Ken Burns' brilliant documentary on the Civil War that was aired this past week on PBS.
Gerald Hunt, St. Petersburg
Taxes do get paid
I've read a number of comments regarding the lack of federal income tax paid by General Electric. Why all the hand-wringing? Just consider the dollars that GE employees have paid in federal and state income taxes. I'm sure the number is enormous. It's easy to condemn the corporations, but just remember the millions of jobs they create.
Dan Mason, Tampa
Jon Kyl statement on Planned Parenthood April 8, PolitiFact
Tea party hysteria
Congratulations to PolitiFact for exposing Sen. Jon Kyl's baseless assertion that 90 percent of Planned Parenthood funds go to abortion.
Current law prevents federal funds from being spent on abortion. Planned Parenthood devotes only 3 percent of its services in referring women who are seeking a legal abortion to a medical doctor or other services. Making a referral is not performing the legal medical procedure.
If the tea party's fact-free hysteria against Planned Parenthood were successful, there would be less birth control, more unwanted pregnancies and more abortions — a result the tea party is against.
I'm pleased the Democrats have stood firm on protecting women's health services against the illogical and irrational hysteria of the tea party.
Frank Lupo, St. Petersburg