Defying the will of the voters | Editorial, May 10
Judge by their votes, not words
Don't wait for the glossy postcards to appear in your mailbox at election time, all bearing your legislators' versions of their record. Find out now how they voted, which is easily done, online. Did they vote to strip money from traditional public schools, diverting it to private firms and charters, including the entire budgeted amount for school repairs? Did they support the measure that leaves Florida's teachers among the poorest-paid in the nation, yet still call themselves "pro-education"? Did they ignore the voters again, steering $270 million away from the Forever Florida amendment and into the state's bureaucracy? Did they contribute to rigging the electorate, once again, by virtually nullifying Amendment 4's voting rights restoration? How did they vote on the "road to nowhere," a project designed to line the pockets of rich landowners at our expense? Did they support the unconstitutional flow of state tax money into vouchers for private and religious schools? At campaign time, my own senator sings a different tune about his record; his votes tell the truth. Now is the time, voters, to look at reality.
Stephen Phillips, St. Petersburg
Congress' duty goes beyond politics | Column, May 11
Why impeachment matters
Until recently I believed that impeachment is not worth the fight. But the fight has already begun. According to columnist Eugene Robinson, the fight is "between an arrogant, out-of-control executive and the people's duly elected representatives in Congress, whose sworn duties transcend politics." If the goal were only to remove President Donald Trump, I'd still believe it is not worth the fight. But the goal is broader than that. Consider the question that a group of citizens is said to have asked of Benjamin Franklin as he emerged from the 1787 Constitutional Convention: What sort of government had the delegates created? His answer: "A republic, if you can keep it." We owe it to our children and grandchildren to fight, to impeach this president. Even if the Senate doesn't vote to convict him, we will have begun the work to keep the republic.
John Chase, Palm Harbor
St. Pete can keep plastic straw ban | May 11
A right-thinking politician
Gov. Ron DeSantis stated that we are better off allowing members of a local community to make decisions that directly affect us. He even said, "We can seek recourse by electing people who share our views." Please send help because I think that I actually like a conservative, Republican Florida governor.
Dan Greene, Weeki Wachee
Nobody saw a gun in Publix | May 11
Guns firing all by themselves
We have been pumped through with the saying, "Guns don't kill people; people do." Well, now it appears that guns really do kill people. One opened fire on a woman's husband at a Land O' Lakes Publix, another in a Wesley Chapel school cafeteria discharged into a wall, yet a third shot a workman's colleague as he stumbled stepping out of his truck at a work site in Riverview. That last one killed the man's best friend. People did not fire these guns. The more guns, the more shootings. It is a horrible idea to put more guns in schools.
Bruce LeBaron, St. Petersburg