Find fairer ways to share the costs
Hefty hike for Tampa water | Sept. 7
Concerning the urgency of fixing Tampa’s sewage system, how did the leaders let this system deteriorate so long? The working and middle class will, once again, shoulder more of the burden of cost. There has got to be a better way to make this plan more equitable. If the transportation tax is defeated, then Tampa and Hillsborough should levy the same tax increase but on a temporary basis for sewer and other infrastructure. HART should then rally the whole region to implement a slight gas tax for the three-county area like other regions have done, particularly Philadelphia, which even has a substantial subway system, and it works for them.
Spreading out the costs of infrastructure via an excise/sales tax is much fairer for the many people living paycheck to paycheck. Invoking a slight regional gas tax would result in more comprehensive systems that serve more people and our many visitors. Who knows? Getting across Tampa Bay without a vehicle could actually become a reality at a much faster pace than present. A rapid transit bus line to the airport from St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa could be funded as could a ferry service across the bay servicing commuters and not just weekend revelers.
Jeannie Cline, St. Petersburg
Just put away the guns
‘None of this makes any sense’ | Sept. 6
A person is shot and killed in an argument over parking in a handicapped spot. Another man is shot to death in a dispute over parking at a duplex. Is there no end to this madness?
John Waitman, Tarpon Springs
Photons are phenomenal
The League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County is encouraging residents of Pasco County to go solar. Our league’s Pasco unit is co-sponsoring the 50th solar co-op in Florida, which recently formed in Pasco. This project aligns with our league’s continued support for increased use of clean renewable energy sources such as solar. Solar makes a great deal of sense, environmentally and economically. Going solar benefits the planet, lessening our carbon footprint and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Economically, a solar system is a positive investment. New technologies are making solar more affordable, and Florida residents are eligible for up to a 30 percent federal investment tax credit on their solar purchase. This credit begins shrinking next year, so it’s a great time to make the switch.
Idelia Phillips, Tampa
The writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County.
Your tax dollars at work
Air Force reviews hotel options after Trump resort stay | Sept. 11
I am appalled by President Donald Trump’s profiteering from the use of his resort properties by himself, the military and Vice President Mike Pence. His proposal to host the 2020 G7 conference at the Doral Resort is so corrupt as to be laughable. Attorney General William Barr’s plan to host a $30,000 holiday party at a Trump hotel similarly reeks. What message does this send to the world? We were never really going to drain the swamp, but it’s getting deeper all the time. Time to issue flotation gear?
Karl Olander, Indian Shores