Our nation in need of real change
As a citizen of this great nation for the last half a century plus, I have had the unsettling experience of watching this country slowly prove the words of Nikita Khrushchev. He once said, "We will bury you," then recanted and said that we in this nation will bury ourselves. It is so frightening to see his words come true.
We once loaned money to other countries instead of borrowing to keep our nation afloat. If China was to call in full payment of the money we owe them, this nation would become a part of the People's Republic of China.
I can only hope that the citizens of this nation will wake up and go the polls and vote for real change — change that will benefit this country by stopping the out-of-control spending, put more money into our failing infrastructure, and allow small businesses and entrepreneurs to help bring about financial stability. Stop bailing out businesses that should be able to handle their own affairs and rethink their own problems and solutions and stop begging the government for handouts.
Once everyone — and I mean everyone — has to be responsible for their actions and realizes no one is entitled to government money to save their businesses from bad choices and decisions, maybe we can put those millions of dollars back into legitimate programs and needs of this great nation.
People, we need to ask ourselves one question: Are we willing to be led into financial ruin by a few money-hungry groups or are we going to take back our nation and prosper? Wake up, America.
Charlie Whitehead, New Port Richey
Political shell games | July 26, letter
Obama's far too moderate
I'd very much appreciate some clarification of what the letter writer means when he says Barack Obama "turned out to be the most liberal president we've ever had."
As a left-of-liberal voter (a position I believe is demanded by my religious beliefs), I join the many who are disappointed in the too-centrist nature of Obama's positions. He hasn't closed Guantanamo. He hasn't brought our soldiers home. He hasn't ended "don't ask, don't tell." His health care bill has no public option. His financial reform seems to have very few teeth, and his economic stimulus was way inadequate. Seems the only description for each is, "At least it's better than nothing." That's not a slogan to wave proudly.
Granting that these are all difficult proposals with an uncooperative Congress, most of us find some comfort in recalling that he's accomplished more in 20 months than his predecessor did in eight years, and also that we really had no other alternative, as his opponent clearly would have only worsened our situation. So we'll likely support him in 2012, too, unless the other party really surprises everyone.
But as for this charge that he's so liberal — when did it become a crime, by the way, to disagree with the loudest/least-informed among us? Names are called, but supporting evidence is never presented. I really am open to being instructed — I'm not much of a fan of Obama's party these days — but name-calling just doesn't do it.
Eileen O'Sullivan, St. Petersburg
Maddow claim on tax cuts adds up | July 26, PolitiFact
Tax cuts work
Why would any one believe the Congressional Budget Office scoring on anything? They cannot project accurately for 90 days much less 10 years. Let's be fair and honest: Tax cuts work have worked and will continue to work if given the chance.
To demagogue this issue for political reasons is wrong. Rich folk create jobs, they go to restaurants, purchase boats, houses, cars, buy parts. They take vacations and own businesses. You can go on and on. Private money does more good than public spending. What individuals, rich or poor, spend creates jobs. Let us keep our hard-earned money and let us see what happens.
Joseph O. Paoletti, Tarpon Springs
Pandering plans don't add up | July 25, editorial
Transportation helps, too
The editorial rebukes both Rick Scott and Bill McCollum, claiming "both men are rehashing the same tired and outdated plans for reviving Florida's economy." Then the editorial says, "Responsible politicians recognize the only way this state will ever grow a stronger economy is by improving the quality of its education system to support diverse industry."
May I suggest that a responsible editorial would not have said the "only way" to improve Florida's economy? The following was from a letter to the Times editor recently. "I further believe that this country's infrastructure — roads, bridges, tunnels, levees, dams, water and sewer systems, rail lines and ports — is in need of major repair or replacement. The infrastructure benefits all people regardless of economic status. … tens of thousands of workers from all social and economic levels would be required and could be employed for many years."
Florida's transportation system is underfunded by more than $60 billion. Investing in Florida's transportation is second to investing in education, but the return on transportation investing will pump life into Florida's economy much quicker.
Donald R. Crane Jr., St. Petersburg
Norman on 2 boat titles | July 23, story
Same old noise
Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman knows full well he cannot utter the words "I have no interest" in a mutually owned house with a married spouse in Florida. Because if that house happened to be purchased during the marriage, come a divorce or a death, Norman has every right to hold his hand out and say, "I want my share."
So instead he declares he had nothing to do with an all-cash real estate transaction by his wife. Interesting play on words for an endless government hanger-on.
Scrawled in huge letters on Jim Norman's website in his campaign for state Senate are the words, "A new voice in Tallahassee." After reading about his nondisclosure regarding his summer house and boats, I would say that Norman's voice in Tallahassee has been and is the very same as every other career politician's. And it screams, "No comment."
Lynn Cannella, Tampa
Heroic first | July 27, headline
Poor word choice
The word "heroic" was used by this newspaper very inappropriately. Baseball is not heroic, it is a game. The no-hitter was a nice game achievement, not heroic.
Heroic: If you want to use that word on your front page, put it over the names of the military personnel killed in the wars who are never listed on the front page, or over the names of those wounded, or over the names of the families struggling every day because they lost a loved one in the wars.
Patricia Turner, Dunedin