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On impeachment, the Senate is making no sense

Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Capitol, during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) [ALEX BRANDON  |  AP]
Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Capitol, during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) [ALEX BRANDON | AP]
Published Feb. 4

The Senate is making no sense

Our president is unchecked | Column, Feb. 2

To columnist Ruth Marcus, I can only say, well done!

Those of us who have tried to hear, read, listen to, etc., all of the proceedings, speeches and arguments of this presidential impeachment fiasco are now left wondering: Has the right-versus-wrong line in the sand really moved to the “I can do anything I want to, because morality is a dead issue”?

This president has always been out for himself above all else. He has literally threatened action against any Republican who goes against him, and they — being politicians — seem to care more about re-election than serving the Constitution and our citizens.

Sen. Marco Rubio stated that he knew what President Donald Trump did was wrong but, to paraphrase him, nothing can be done about it. I can only imagine what the world thinks of us now. It can’t be good.

Gail Dudley, Sun City Center

Policies that benefit public

Florida colleges: a solid payback | Letter, Feb. 4

This letter states that for every dollar invested in Florida colleges, we get a return of $10.80 to $15.42. This is an important fact to consider when deciding whether our tax money gets spent or invested. Our legislators and governors inundate us with how it helps us to finance private businesses, yet we hear so often about how these companies use the money and then leave the state a few years later. I hope our legislators and our governor read this letter as they seem to be ill-informed. The people we vote for need to be aware of what policies truly benefit the public — and which do not — and then they need to act and vote accordingly.

Ann Jamieson, St. Petersburg

Trump is the big winner

Iowa again proves democracy is messy | Feb. 4

A pedestrian walks past a sign for the Iowa Caucuses on a downtown skywalk in Des Moines, Iowa. [CHARLIE NEIBERGALL | AP]

It is the morning after the Iowa caucuses as I write this, and the Democrats have not yet published a single official vote total from one of the smallest states in the country. The only clear winner Monday night was President Donald Trump.

John Spengler, Spring Hill

Party disorganization

Iowa again proves democracy is messy | Feb. 4

After hearing the “results” from last night’s Iowa caucuses, I was reminded of what the late, great humorist Will Rogers once said: "I don’t belong to any organized party. I’m a Democrat.” We don’t need Russia to screw up our elections; we Democrats do fine on our own.

Allan Love, New Port Richey

Better off than before

The wrong kind of credit | Letter, Feb. 4

The chamber of the House of Representatives is seen at the Capitol as it is prepared for President Donald Trump to give his State of the Union address. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE | AP]

Not everyone will agree the economy is the best it’s ever been. But even with more people working, jobs coming back to this country and people living a better life, there will always be those who still aren’t satisfied. The deficit is too high, and some people can’t afford this or that. Well, that’s true. I would love to live in a high-rise condo on the beach, but I can’t afford that, so I live in a modest home, one I couldn’t afford before. I can’t dine out every night, but I am able to go out and eat once a week if I want to, something I couldn’t afford before. I have money saved, and I am a lot happier then I was in 2008. Think how much better things would be if only we put America and Americans first, but liberals just don’t see it that way.

Anna Carletti, Tampa


  1. Florida has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country. [Courtesy of Clearwater Police]
  2. Our democracy is under unprecedented attack from overseas, but the federal government has been unable or unwilling to protect our campaign-finance system.
  3. Cars sit locked in evening rush hour traffic on Dale Mabry near Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The Hillsborough County Commission will discuss Wednesday whether to prepare a transportation tax for the November ballot now that the fate of the current tax rests with the Florida Supreme Court. [ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times] 
  4. In this Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, file photo, Tiffany Carr, executive director of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, left, speaks at a news conference held by Gov. Jeb Bush, background right, to announce a public awareness campaign designed to prevent disaster-related domestic violence, in Tallahassee, Fla. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered an investigation into a nonprofit domestic abuse agency whose CEO, Carr, had received $7.5 million in compensation over a three-year span. (AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)
  5. Paula Dockery of Lakeland served in the Florida Legislature for 16 years.
  6. The United States' life expectancy has gone down four out of the last five years largely because of deaths in the 25-64 age range.
  7. Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump
  8. In this image from video, the vote total, 53-47 for not guilty, on the second article of impeachment, obstruction of congress, is displayed on screen during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate.
  9. Nurse manager Amy Hunt holds the special stethoscope that allows nurses at Tampa General Hospital to record a heartbeat while they listen to it during a routine exam.
  10. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections worker Andrea West adds mail ballots to an inserter at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Service Center in Largo. Workers are preparing to mail 260,000 vote by mail kits for the November General Election.