A life-saving fund
A commonsense way to save lives
While Americans sort out the conflicts in our political life, it is time to focus on creating a more uplifting future for our children and our country. It is time to find common ground. Consider the nonpartisan Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. With U.S. leadership, it has saved 27 million lives since its inception in 2002 and is on the path to save millions more. The Global Fund partners with governments and private and nonprofit groups. For example, it provides bed nets treated with insecticide to prevent mosquitoes from spreading malaria, and it provides drugs that stop the co-infections of AIDS and TB.
Scientists, health officials and experienced leaders know that it is possible to end these epidemics and enhance America's security by benefiting our trade and diplomatic relationships. Every dollar we give to the fund unlocks an additional $2 from other sources.
President Donald Trump in his State of the Union pledged that "together we will defeat AIDS in America and beyond." Despite his proposed 2020 budget that calls for cutting back the traditional U.S. contribution to the Global Fund, the House voted to continue strong bipartisan support. A Senate vote is pending. On both sides of Capitol Hill, bipartisan resolutions are being introduced commending the work of the Global Fund and affirming full U.S. support for its upcoming replenishment conference. Please ask Florida's senators and your congressional representative to ask them to co-sponsor these resolutions. The Global Fund is a smart investment that deserves bipartisan support. Your voices will make a big difference.
Ken and Linda Schatz, Tampa
Trump renews attacks against CNN's Don Lemon | Aug. 1
If only the tweets would stop
I don't know if there's anything that President Donald Trump can say, do or tweet that surprises us anymore. I don't know why the Republicans are so silent about it. I don't know why he doesn't do more constructive things to govern our nation, like resolving health care, building infrastructure, settling trade differences or passing meaningful immigration legislation. I don't know why he's as mean as he is, or lies to us so much. I don't know what we can do to stop it. I just don't know.
David Lubin, Tampa
Trump threatens new tariffs on China | Aug. 2
Know your needs vs. wants
Perhaps with the tariffs imposed on China, Americans will become a less "throw it away" society, and buy only what they need and not what they want. Past generations operated this way and was it really so bad? Is getting the latest phone or TV really necessary? Something to think about.
Joyce Lindsey, Tarpon Springs
Neighbors clash over mangroves | Aug. 2
We need mangroves
Mangroves are needed all along our bays and intracoastal waterways in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Please don't let private residents destroy the public mangrove preserves. This forceful environmental destruction would threaten mangroves in other counties, too, if an exception is allowed. As sea levels rise and storms become more intense, our mangroves will protect us and nurture life for all.
Ginger Goepper, Treasure Island