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The bill is soon to come due

Here’s what readers had to say in Friday’s letters to the editor.
Dec. 3, 2019, front page of Tampa Bay Times [Tampa Bay Times]
Dec. 3, 2019, front page of Tampa Bay Times [Tampa Bay Times]
Published Dec. 5, 2019
Updated Dec. 5, 2019

The bill will finally come due

Front page stories | Dec. 3

I couldn’t help but make a connection between the “Prisons chief delivers warning” and “200,000 Florida kids at risk of losing free school lunch” headlines. Whether we are talking about those subjects or teacher pay or lack of health insurance or inadequate public transportation or lack of affordable housing, it’s all part of the same problem. Politicians have learned that the best way to get elected is to promise their constituents more of what they don’t have. As a consequence, we now have a society that can’t afford the promises made over the years. And the beat goes on. Now some Democratic presidential candidates are promising cheaper health care for all, free college, forgiveness of student loans and even $10,000 per year to every adult. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-majority House have guaranteed that the budget deficit will skyrocket past historical levels whenever the next recession arrives. If you follow the underlying theme, you see in the daily headlines that the bill for these promises is coming due. The only question is how will it be paid for? Will everyone’s taxes go through the roof, or will the politicians finally have to come clean and tell us that we can’t afford all of these promises?

Scott Stolz, St. Petersburg

They’re criminals, not pirates

Porch pirates

I was just reflecting on the use of the term “porch pirates” when reading about people who have committed theft by stealing packages. I don’t remember anyone calling car thieves “car pirates,” bank thieves “bank pirates,” etc. Why are thieves who steal merchandise from a porch called “pirates”? Let’s call them criminals.

Brenda Miller, Plant City

Make your passion pay off

Why I live with my parents | Letter, Nov. 2

I grew up in the second-poorest part of Memphis. People knew that the only ways to get out of this area were to (1) get a technical skill (plumbing, electrical, AC, etc.), (2) get a college degree or (3) join the military. For those of us who chose going to college, our guidance counselor had some sage advice. She told those of us who were lucky enough to go to college to choose a college within our budget. She said few companies pay much attention to where you got your degree unless you went to one of the Ivy League or elite universities. She also advised those interested in getting a degree in art, music, English and other liberal art studies to get a minor in an area like finance, accounting or education. This way, you could still study your passion but have a background that would allow you to get a job that paid well.

Tom Craig, Riverview

Dish it out and take it

Trump calls Trudeau ‘two-faced’ at NATO summit after video surfaces | Dec. 5

Britain's Princess Anne The Princess Royal, right, talks to NATO delegates from left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a reception at Buckingham Palace, in London. [YUI MOK | AP]

After years of insulting other Americans, other countries and their leaders, why would President Donald Trump be surprised that his targets occasionally mock him? Bit thin-skinned, it seems.

David Pomerantz, Gulfport

Not working for workers

Grand plans turn off working class | Column, Dec. 5

To all my fellow Americans who feel the current state of the economy is working well for members of the working class, it is very clear you are not members of the working class.

Brian Walkowiak, St. Petersburg

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