Publix heiress funded rally before riots | Jan. 31
Not with my money
I am a lifelong Publix shopper, as were my mother and grandmother. It’s always been a nice store, clean with exceptionally helpful staff. I watched in horror, along with millions of other Americans, as the mob stormed the Capitol and terrorized members of Congress. The late George Jenkins’ daughter may not “speak for the company,” but it’s obvious where her money comes from. It is her right — and the company’s right — to spend their money wherever they please, specifically on politicians whose values and morals differ radically from mine. But I do not have to continue to provide their ability to do so. Call me a former Publix shopper.
Nancy Curtis, Bradenton
Resiliency rallying point | Editorial, Jan. 30
Tax carbon; do not just mitigate
This editorial about Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposal to address the impacts of climate change is powerful. It sets out perfectly the dilemma thousands of Florida neighborhoods face. He proposes funding mitigation with a tax on real estate transactions. The amount will be inadequate. More taxes will come, and then more, and we will not solve the problem. The governor should press the federal government to do something about the cause of climate change — the use of carbon fuels. Pushing the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would be a good start. It taxes carbon fuels for their emissions when burned. Prices of fuels rise, stimulating the adoption of clean technologies, jobs and better health. The tax revenue is returned to citizens monthly, offsetting the rise in fuel costs for most Americans. The economy grows. Let’s solve the problem rather than mitigating it.
Bill Marshall, St. Petersburg
Here’s how to fight China’s exploitation of U.S. finance | Column, Feb. 1
All tied up on this one
Reading Sen. Marco Rubio’s column on Donald Trump’s positions on China brought back a memory of a Trump interview on David Letterman’s show. Trump was touting products he was selling. One was his tie. Letterman turned the tie over, and it said “made in China.” Trump’s loyalty has always been to how he could make the most money. President Joe Biden is making plans so we actually can “buy American.”
Ann Jamieson, St. Petersburg
Palm Harbor man accused in riot | Feb. 1
Jewish people believe Jesus to have been a prophet of good and helper to the people of the time, not the messiah. This messianic “rabbi” is not a representative of Jewish people in Pinellas County or the world. Please do not associate all Jewish people with him.
Tobey Burwick, Dunedin
Give Biden chance to govern | Column, Jan. 29
Give each president a fair shake
I agree that we should give President Joe Biden a chance to govern. I have always supported our new presidents whether I voted for them or not, and waited to see what they do before deciding when and where to continue my support. It’s too bad President Donald Trump wasn’t given this same chance. Every president in my lifetime has done good work for our country along with the not-so-good, including Trump. But he’ll probably never get any recognition for it.
Mark Decker, Seminole