1. Opinion

We’re sticking our kids with the bill

Here’s what readers are saying in Monday’s letters.
Then-House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, examines a printout of the $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the 2016 budget year and extend $650 billion in tax cuts.
Then-House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, examines a printout of the $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the 2016 budget year and extend $650 billion in tax cuts.
Published Jan. 27

Our children will pay the bill

Deficit spending

The Trump administration’s signature achievement for the past three years is the tax cut bill. The president’s health care plan is awful and appears to be going nowhere. He vows to build a wall along the southern border, but it is not being paid for by Mexico as he promised. Instead, funds are being diverted from the defense budget to pay for it.

While Republicans tout the success of the tax cut bill, it has been announced, as predicted, that the federal deficit will be even higher this year, probably hitting $1 trillion (yes trillion). The non-partisan Government Accountability Office predicts trillion-dollar deficits each year for the next decade. This is not sustainable and will eventually drive the country into bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, they continue to gut environmental protections in the face of increasing evidence of climate change.

Someone sometime is going to have to pay for all this. Will this be our legacy to our children and grandchildren?

Barry Kreiling, Brooksville

Getting sick at the doctor’s

Doctor office hygiene

I recently visited three doctors’ offices in one day. I was healthy, simply going in for routine appointments. Two days later I was sick with the crud — not one office had sanitary wipes at the entrance. I wondered, if Publix and other grocery stores have sanitary wipes for grocery carts, why don’t doctors’ offices have them? We open the same doors, use the same pen for signing in and sit in chairs in waiting rooms filled with sick people. Seems like common sense.

Ken Weiss, Treasure Island

The truth will prevail

Americans are watching | Column, Jan. 24

Connie Schultz [File photo]

Connie Schultz reports that Americans are involved in watching the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. She reminds us that we as Americans should support each other — to try not to be displeased or angry with those who disagree with us but to keep our disagreements of his presidency to a civil discussion. Americans should continue to stay informed. In the end, the truth will prevail, and the nation will begin to heal.

Nanette Standfast, St. Petersburg

Oil over environment?

Feds cut protections for waterways | Jan. 24

I’m so pleased that yet another useless environmental protection has been abolished! Clean air standards have also been rolled back, as well as protection for endangered species, migratory birds and marine mammals. Oil exploration in our oceans and national parks has been a top priority, so a fossil fuel lobbyist has been put in control of the EPA, solely for advancing this purpose. Finally, we have an administration that recognizes the harm our environment is inflicting upon the needs of developers and the fossil fuel industry.

Larry Van Gelder, St. Petersburg

Jurors pick their evidence

Impeachment trial

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined from left by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, speaks to reporters about progress in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE | AP]

Isn’t it crazy? Chief Justice John Roberts is presiding over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, yet he can’t make a decision whether evidence can be admitted. It’s the jurors themselves — the Republican senators ­— who are denying admission of significant evidence.

David Lubin, Tampa


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  2. No issue is too small for Florida lawmakers in Tallahassee to attack citizen initiatives and local control.
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  6. The Florida Senate is taking one step forward this year on criminal justice reform – requiring racial and ethnic impact statements for legislation we consider, writes State Sen. Jeff Brandes.
  7. Joey Cousin, a transgender student from Broward county and an opponent of the SB 404, known as the "parental consent" bill, speaks at a press conference at the Capitol. The bill requires girls under the age of 18 get a parent's consent before having an abortion was approved Wednesday in its final committee stop.
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