Day of loss, rescue | June 28
Warnings about tides needed
Anyone who lives in Pass-a-Grille will often tell you we live in paradise, but our lovely neighborhood and pristine beaches give a false sense of security. The loss of a life last week was a travesty that might have been prevented if we would have had warning flags or signs. Please don't tell me that we were warned in the newspaper and on television. Don't we all want to get away from the doom and gloom of the news when we are on holiday?
So with July 4 here, I am reminded of the movie Jaws. Remember how the mayor didn't want to ruin tourism by telling beachgoers about the shark? Don't we have a responsibility to warn people of danger where the danger exists? Thank goodness for the bravery of strangers.
At the risk of being crass, I am sure warning flags are cheaper than lawsuits.
Kathleen Matecki, St. Pete Beach
Scott will not carry out health care law | July 1
This article shows Gov. Rick Scott's lack of patriotism and a lack of love for all Americans.
Stipulating that he will not carry out the law of the land is, it appears to me, grounds for impeachment. His audacity to flout the law is concomitant with his refusal to ameliorate the poorest among us.
Let the governor sail away with his attorney general into the oblivion of a Florida sunset.
James N. Holmes, Tampa
Health care law
True to the American way
The biggest health care provider in the country is the U.S. military, who protect our lives and limbs. They are supported by income taxes, so why can't health care, an extension of this protection, be funded the same way? But the bigger message is that the Supreme Court recognized that we all are responsible for our neighbors. The "me only" syndrome is not the American way, as some politicians would have you believe.
The Constitution mentions "the pursuit of happiness." It's hard to pursue happiness when medical needs are so far out of reach. Now at least there is a start. It is not socialism. It is looking after our country and its biggest asset, the people.
John Bassett, St. Petersburg
Not 'biggest tax hike ever' | June 29, PolitiFact
A more important lie
PolitiFact decided to check Rush Limbaugh's exaggeration that the health care act was the largest tax increase in the "history of the world." Interesting, but he says outrageous things all the time. A much better use of PolitiFact's resources would have been to check up on a much more important lie. In September 2009, George Stephanopoulos interviewed President Barack Obama and repeatedly asked him if the individual mandate was a tax. Our president emphatically stated, never equivocating or hesitating, that the mandate was not a tax. Isn't that a lie much more worthy of investigation? The health care act would never have been voted through if the truth was told.
Ron Roman, Oldsmar
Why Roberts did it June 29, Charles Krauthammer column
Columnist's logic was right
I usually do not agree with Charles Krauthammer, but I do agree with his logic on this decision. John Roberts did not want to give Americans the ability to blame the Supreme Court for overturning this monumental law. He thought if Congress passed the law, it must be the sole body responsible for repealing it as well. His quote "I won't make it easy for you" explains it all.
And even though I am not in favor of a tax, at least the commerce clause was ruled unconstitutional. This to me is the best part of the ruling as it restricts Congress from expanding the federal government into more compelling markets.
Now only time will tell if the law will help Americans or if the health insurance industry pressures Congress to change it.
Jim Demmy, Kenneth City
A show of bravery
Chief Justice John Roberts has helped provide the country a great impetus to move forward in a way much more important than upholding a law that most everyone seems to agree still needs improvement. He has shown conservatives that there can be value in the most onerous ideas from the liberal side of the aisle, if one looks at the facts alone. His leadership in deciding the legal issues was extremely brave.
I only hope that his fellow conservatives learn from his example and drop their harping on what is, for the moment, a lost cause. Their dishonest criticism of the law, motivated primarily by undermining the president, can only do worse damage to our country and our economy than implementation of the law itself.
Roger Crescentini, Tampa
Tropical Storm Debby
Rudeness was jarring
I am writing to express my displeasure with a few of the people in the St. Petersburg area who were less than cooperative during the outage restoration in Tropical Storm Debby's wake. My husband is a lineman and was sent from the Lake Wales area to assist with the numerous outages. To complete a repair it was necessary to temporarily turn the power off to a neighbor's house to safeguard the life of the employee climbing the pole. A woman in the house whose power had been turned off came outside and used extremely profane language while yelling at my husband, stating that she had just put an expensive piece of meat in the oven and now she was going to lose it. He and his co-worker were cursed out by several other people during the five days they were away from home working. It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant and rude people can be to those who are risking their lives to restore power.
Laura Donaldson, Lake Wales
Why a storm isn't a real stimulus | June 28
Actually, yes, it is
I disagree with Graham Brink and economist Frederic Bastiat, whom he cites, that money spent to repair storm damage is not a stimulus. Neither of them is thinking beyond the first step of the system. Money spent for labor and material to effect repairs is then used by the workers who make and install the material to purchase other things like cars or refrigerators or just to go out for dinner. In the broken store window example, true, the store owner who has to pay to replace the window "can't afford to hire a new clerk." But the company that makes the replacement window and/or the glazier who installs it can.
Any time money is injected into the workforce, it either sustains jobs or creates new ones. What the restaurant owner doesn't get, the carpenter will.
Alfred J. D'Amario, Hudson