Promises kept? | PolitiFact, Jan. 21
Ditch promise, help the workers
Not all promises are required to be kept — especially promises that are made in haste to appeal to a limited audience with not much forethought as to how or if they should be carried out. In the case of the present partial government shutdown, it has caused 800,000 dedicated and hard-working people to suffer the consequences of a promise that should never be kept at their expense.
While I disagree with — and regret — the comment by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that walls are immoral, the rationale for this particular wall doesn't make sense. Still, her statement was ill-conceived and has contributed to the stalemate we currently face.
President Donald Trump has chosen to put many government workers through the harrowing experience of trying to support their families, keep a roof over their heads, pay for their health insurance, etc., while receiving no paycheck, merely to ensure that right-wing talking heads such as Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh will support him.
In other words, he chose these misguided opinions over the welfare of the people he was elected to represent and defend.
So, in my humble opinion, breaking this promise would be the most generous thing the president could have done during his first two years as president.
The promise to build this wall at all costs is what is immoral and irresponsible. He should break this promise for the sake of all the beleaguered federal workers who are trying to figure out how to survive his poor choice in promise-making.
Diana Rao, Tampa
The federal government shutdown
Thanks for staying on the job
I would like to commend all of our federal workers who are able to stay on the job. Thank you and know that we are with you.
Ross Alander, Tampa
Clean up after yourselves
I am particularly disheartened to learn how the partial federal government shutdown is impacting our national parks.
The parks system was set up to protect these special tracts of land for the common enjoyment and legacy of all U.S. citizens. Now with the government shutdown reducing park staffs, self-interested Americans are reacting to the absence of authority and desecrating the national parks.
Self-centered people are leaving all of their trash behind after their park visits. Why wouldn't these individuals think to make allowances to take their waste with them when they leave the park?
Aren't we better than this?
Charles Coffin, Palm Harbor
A new 50-story condo building seems a bit much | Column, Jan. 21
Higher is the way to go
While columnist Ernest Hooper and others bemoan the loss of green space due to the construction of a 50-story high rise in St. Petersburg, there may be a long view to consider.
If 150 wealthy families inhabit that building, that means there are 150 fewer McMansions along Tampa Bay or the Gulf of Mexico or taking up green space elsewhere in Pinellas County. With the increasing density of humanity in Florida, up is the way to go.
Larry Bush, Lutz