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Controlled borders shouldn’t be a partisan issue either
Here’s what readers had to say in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
The Border Patrol Station in Weslaco, Texas.
The Border Patrol Station in Weslaco, Texas. [ JOEL MARTINEZ | AP ]
Published Dec. 18, 2019

Borders aren’t partisan either

How did drug prices become partisan? | Editorial, Dec. 18

Your editorial said, “It’s difficult to fathom why allowing Medicare to negotiate for better drug prices is a partisan issue.” While Medicare drug costs are a relatively simple economic issue affecting just one in five Americans, border security affects every American in areas ranging from national security to employment to criminal activity. Controlling the borders of our nation is a foundational responsibility of national government.

Until the very recent past, neither Democrats nor Republicans questioned those facts. Democratic President Barack Obama was one of the most effective presidents of either party at turning back the human tide along our southern borders and coastlines. How unfortunate that the current crop of Democratic leaders has chosen this issue as one of their signature points of resistance to President Donald Trump.

Though this president may have an odious personality and gets a lot of things wrong, the opposition should not abuse a government responsibility as vitally important as border security in pursuit of partisan objectives. “Open border” is an oxymoron.

Ray Erikson, North Redington Beach

Don’t decide before trial

Impeachment

Visitors look over holiday decorations in front of the White House Wednesday. President Donald Trump is on the cusp of being impeached by the House.
Visitors look over holiday decorations in front of the White House Wednesday. President Donald Trump is on the cusp of being impeached by the House. [ STEVE HELBER | AP ]

As a Floridian concerned with fairness in the upcoming impeachment trial, I wrote a letter to Sen. Rick Scott asking him to consider all of the evidence before deciding on the president’s guilt or innocence. Unfortunately, the senator’s response made it clear that his mind is already made up. According to Scott, “There have been seven officials removed from federal office following impeachment proceedings in the Senate, never a sitting president. I do not believe the circumstances presented today even begin to warrant such extraordinary action.” His principle justification for acquittal is that removal never happened before! I am sure he must also realize that a “sitting president” never before asked a foreign government to interfere on his behalf in our electoral process.

The Constitution requires senators to swear an oath when sitting on a trial of impeachment. This oath obligates them to “do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.” Sen. Scott’s comments make it clear that his impartiality is nowhere to be found, and that his sentiment, likely to be pervasive among Republicans, is as damaging to our democracy as the impeachable offenses being considered.

Jim Paladino, Tampa

Thanks for the scorecard

In search of a GOP hero | Column, Dec. 17

Mac Stipanovich gives us a scorecard so that we can know the players on the GOP impeachment team. You’ve got the “irresponsibles” who just don’t care what Trump does as long as they are winning. And then you’ve got the “indecisives” who know full well the president has overstepped but are afraid of being primaried. Stipanovich brings a wealth of knowledge from all sides of this issue. He wants what most of us want — the Constitution to win.

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Politics as the personal

Toledo drug bill aims at prices | Dec. 17

Dipal Patel owns Acme Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in Tampa that is struggling as pharmacy benefit managers take control over drug pricing. Representative Jackie Toledo is filing a bill that will regulate PBMs and support the future of independent pharmacies.
Dipal Patel owns Acme Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in Tampa that is struggling as pharmacy benefit managers take control over drug pricing. Representative Jackie Toledo is filing a bill that will regulate PBMs and support the future of independent pharmacies. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times ]

I see that state Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, has introduced a bill to lower drug prices after an incident she had. I applaud her for taking this on. However, this has been a major problem for too many years to count, and one has to wonder why it took a personal incident for her to recognize the problem.

Christopher Radulich, Apollo Beach