Store hopes bad land pays | May 13
Wal-Mart bilking the system
Wal-Mart/Sam's Club, an international retailer, is one of the world's largest public corporations, yet it needs tax breaks from Floridians — Floridians whose, state, county and city governments are getting rid of essential services because of budget shortfalls, whose property taxes are expected to rise, whose education costs are rising, whose electric power bills are rising, whose gas prices are rising, whose insurance rates are rising, whose food prices are rising, whose unemployment rate is between 9 and 10 percent.
The company that drove many small businesses to extinction and is responsible for driving manufacturing jobs overseas needs tax breaks from us. They apply for tax breaks on the same land where other businesses existed without the same tax break. There is no reason for Wal-Mart to get advantages other businesses don't because of bullying them out of local governments.
Mitt Romney's father, George Romney, was asked about the idea that "rugged individualism" was the key to America's success. He said, "It's nothing more than a political banner to cover up greed." Wal-Mart is a bully, and there is no reason for us to subsidize Wal-Mart's greed.
Debbie Terhune, Treasure Island
My daughter should not have died May 6
Know seriousness of sepsis
I was pleased to read the articles in your paper written by Carl J. Flatley and Charlotte Sutton that dealt with the deadly condition called sepsis.
My husband was admitted to a local hospital emergency room after suffering confusion and extreme lethargy. When admitted to the ER, the hospital stated that there was a suspicion of sepsis, but no one actually explained the seriousness of this condition or warned me that it could be fatal. He was admitted to a regular room. After about 12 hours, my son and I witnessed his fever rising (flushing) and alerted the nurses. They sent him to the ICU, where he stayed for four days. Still, no one explained the seriousness of his situation or defined sepsis to me.
I urge everyone to go to sepsisalliance.org and read about the symptoms of sepsis. Never be afraid to be proactive with your doctors. By acting quickly, sepsis can be diagnosed and treated and your loved one will survive.
Carolyn Warren, St. Petersburg
Get him help, widow asks | May 11
Too many meds
The widow of Pedro Rivera is to be commended for showing compassion for Scott Sciple, who killed her husband. But what also caught my attention was the fact that Sciple was on 114 prescription medications within a year. Considering the harmful side effects of just one medication and the often unknown consequence of combining multiple medications, this cocktail of drugs could well be more harmful to the patient than his symptoms ever will be.
Now he is ordered to a psychiatric facility for treatment, which most likely will include more prescription drugs. I hope a conscientious doctor will consider the welfare of the whole person instead of piecemeal treatment of his symptoms.
Barbara Cabrera, Beverly Hills
A child shall lead them
President Jimmy Carter asked Amy about nuclear proliferation. Now President Barack Obama changed his opinion on same-sex marriage after discussions with his two daughters. What a wonderful world this would be if all world leaders would sit and take advice on pending issues from their children.
John R. Vlasek, Riverview
Create an achievable vision for 'Suitcase City' | May 11, editorial
Time for cleanup
I grew up in that once-vibrant area during the '60s and '70s and I currently work in ground zero of this area at the James A. Haley VA Hospital. Back in the pre-Suitcase City days the neighborhood consisted of wholesome families, students, fun nightspots and traditional businesses. Unfortunately, years of Section 8 housing has been instrumental in the arrival of illegal immigrants, drug dealers and prostitutes, and new to the block, tax-fraud experts. The task to reinvigorate this highly blighted area will be nothing short of monumental. My hat goes off to county commissioners for their desire to clean up the neighborhood.
Mike Merino, Tampa
Let the big race, and the big fibs, begin | May 13, editorial
Real auto industry savior
This article claims that the Obama administration should get the credit for the automobile industry turnaround. The following is an exact quote from a PolitiFact article in 2010: "Back in the fall of 2008, the Bush administration realized the automakers were in dire straits and looked to Congress for an aid package. Congress balked, so Bush used money the Treasure Department already had authorization to use through the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP."
And: "The loans happened after Obama was elected but before he took office."
It's true that Mitt Romney cannot take any credit for the bailout. But neither can Barack Obama. The real hero was George W. Bush.
Jim Mohr, Palm Harbor
Food. Fun. Children? Maybe not | May 12
Another form of carryout
I applaud Scooter Gabel and his attempts to provide all his customers at Cappy's pizzeria in Seminole Heights with a pleasant environment. The parents who allow their children to run around and disturb other patrons are the same ones who will sue the business when their child gets hurt because of their running around!
A customer's right to an enjoyable meal trumps any idea that a child has a right to "be a kid." There are plenty of places for a kid to be a kid, like playgrounds, parks and restaurants that cater to children. In a "grownup" restaurant, crying/misbehaving children, like good intentions, should be carried out!
Debra Ford, Tierra Verde
U.S. Senate loses a voice of reason May 10, editorial
Lugar will be missed
As a former resident of Indiana, I am saddened by the defeat of Richard Lugar for re-election to the U.S. Senate by a tea party candidate. Lugar, a Rhodes Scholar, mayor and a driving force in improving race relations in Indianapolis, became an outstanding leader in the Senate as chairman of several committees, including the powerful Foreign Relations Committee. He has been instrumental in bringing the two parties together on many important issues facing this country.
The majority of the people of this country are looking for nonpartisanship from their elected representatives. The defeat of Richard Lugar will only compound this problem.
Ronald J. Harvey, St. Petersburg