McCain scare tactics | Sept. 18, editorial
Underestimating voters' intelligence As a daily subscriber to the Times since 1980, I have respected your right to espouse a decidedly left-of-center editorial policy while disagreeing with its content. This editorial goes beyond the pale!
To suggest that John McCain's letter is an "attempt to confuse" and should be denounced is in itself contemptible.
Do you have such a low opinion of the intelligence of those receiving the letter that they are unable to discern its content? Are you suggesting that the recipient does not have the ability to discern that it is a request for a donation and a vote? Do they not have the judgment to toss the letter in the nearest "circular file" if they wish?
I am astonished by your low opinion of the intelligence of your readers!
John Hungerford, Palm Harbor
Another dirty trick
Your story about the Republican Party mailer to selected registered Democrats strikes a chord for me. I have been wondering what new Machiavellian ways the Republicans would find this year to steal the election.
The most significant aspect of the "confusing" GOP mailer is described in the continuation of the Sept. 17 story (GOP mailer confuses Florida voters). It is the "DO NOT FORWARD" designation on the envelope and the possible consequences for a voter who is currently escaping the summer heat in a cooler location and is having his mail forwarded.
This could easily be another Republican underhanded tactic to disenfranchise Democratic voters. Who should even be surprised that the party that brought us Watergate has continued to dream up underhanded ways to corrupt the election process?
The Times used restraint in putting this information toward the end of the article. Had I been writing the story, it would have been on the first page and had a catchy headline, such as "GOP attempts to disenfranchise Democratic voters."
Diane Solomon, Wesley Chapel
Feds to rescue AIG | Sept. 17, story
Where are the bailouts for the rest of us?
If socialism is good enough for AIG and Wall Street then it is good enough for me. Why not socialize health care if the U.S. Treasury is going to become a partner with AIG and the investment banks?
Our government is willing to throw the dice with our money to bail out those too big to fail, but they lose their nerve when it comes to helping citizens who are not billionaires. Is anyone going to bail out me if I don't pay my mortgage? No. I am going to be put on the street while billionaires on Wall Street get to ride on my back.
John King, Tampa
Families need help too
I understand having to bail out AIG. Those in AIG, Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc., appear to have won again with their greedy management teams.
It is disheartening to see the number of young families who are without jobs, especially in the Tampa Bay area, who are honest, hard-working and now unemployed and have to look for high-cost health insurance for their families or take the risk of going without.
Who is going to bail them out? Is anyone going to consider an immediate bill in Congress to offer them a solution to "bail them out" with low-cost insurance the way they have assisted these corrupt companies? These families are in this position because of the overwhelming desire of these companies to make more money at everyone else's expense.
I agree with the letter writer on Wednesday (Send them to jail). There needs to be some oversight and these individuals held responsible (including financially). If not, this will just happen again.
Mary Ann Cintron, Tampa
Wrong comparison | Sept. 16, letter
McCain out of touch
The letter writer missed a few adjectives in describing Barack Obama. He is also intelligent and caring — caring about this country and its people. I do agree that the Republicans need to stop comparing him to Sarah Palin. There is no comparison.
John McCain is an out-of-touch politician who only knows how to talk the talk. He is quick to talk about "change" but doesn't describe how he is going to bring it about. All I see is politics as they were.
We need someone as president of the United States who can get this county into the 21st century. We need someone who will give this country hope and pride.
America needs a president who speaks intelligently, whom Americans can take pride in, who cares about the middle class.
Darlene Kobsa, Palm Harbor
Palin is regular folks
The media elites and other like-minded liberal nabobs have clearly lost their collective minds. They just don't get Sarah Palin's attractiveness as a candidate. The answer is an easy one to grasp:
Most Americans suffer from the inescapable idea that American politicians have no idea what regular folks are faced with each day. Barack Obama talks about it, but there's no real connection between his rhetoric and reality. Obama may campaign in grocery stores, but Sarah shops there.
It's this "every person" quality that endears Palin to many people on the right and the middle of the political spectrum. Liberals can be dismissive of Palin's candidacy and disrespectful of her credentials, but the "regular folks" will be the ones who decide this election.
Jay Johnson, St. Petersburg
McCain: Economy broken | Sept. 17, story
Real solutions needed
Given the cacophony of recent political debate, perhaps it is time to reflect on H.L. Mencken's aphorism that "For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat and wrong."
The recent financial meltdown is the result of short-term thinking being allowed to overwhelm long-term processes in our financial sector. Similarly, our political dialogue behaves like a rudderless ship tossed about by every rogue wave out there. Sound bites rule while the daunting problems facing us go unsolved. We need solutions, not slogans.
Tom Carey, Esq., Clearwater
McCain abandons the issues that matter Sept. 16, Thomas Friedman column
Strength to lead
Tom Friedman really doesn't seem to get it. He seems to think that when Rudy Giuliani says "drill, baby, drill" that this chant is intended to be a singular solution to the problem. He has closed his mind to a solution that addresses this as one of a number of steps that will attack the energy problem.
I haven't heard Republicans, including John McCain, say that we should not pursue new technology as a solution. The only problem with this solution: It is very unpredictable.
Friedman writes, "Some McCain supporters criticize Obama for not having the steel in his belly to use force in the dangerous world we live in …Who cares how much steel John McCain has in his gut …"
Americans do, that's who. McCain is a proven commodity, not someone who is more concerned with his TV image than anything else. We need someone who won't try to finesse his way around difficult issues and problems.
Thomas C. Robinson, Weeki Wachee
On Tuesday, John McCain clarified his remarks about the U.S. economy being "fundamentally sound." He said he meant that he "believes in American workers" and that they are the best in the world. Just as the Republicans have tried to equate being against the Iraq war as being against the war on terror, McCain now equates criticizing the economy as being critical of American workers.
It is beyond me how anyone can deny that during the last eight years of Republican control of the White House (and six years of GOP control of Congress) our country has experienced serious problems in housing, the financial markets, unemployment and the deficit, all while taxes on the wealthy have been cut and the middle class has been squeezed by higher health care premiums and stagnant wages.
Matthew J. Lapointe, Tarpon Springs
Cousin John, where did you go? | Sept. 14
This was an interesting article by a cousin from the "not quite so successful" side of John McCain's family, a diehard Democrat who brags that neither he nor his father has ever voted for a Republican. Adam Boles implies that for the greater part of a century no Republican ever met their lofty standards.
He also claims that a family home owned for three generations was lost last year because they were suckered into a refinance deal. This sounds like a Democrat who can never see good outside of his own political party or accept the slightest blame for his own economic mess.
R. Clark Thompson, Pensacola