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Don’t call the Bucs the Brady Bunch | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) holds the Vince Lombardi trophy following the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) holds the Vince Lombardi trophy following the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs. [ BEN LIEBENBERG | AP ]
Published Feb. 11
Updated Feb. 12

Not the Brady Bunch

Super Bowl players make so much but what about everybody else? | Letters, Feb. 9

Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a magnificent season. You could literally watch the players slowly get on the same page as the season progressed. It’s pretty difficult to find a weak spot on this team. I have a request going forward: Never, ever, ever again refer to the Bucs as “The Brady Bunch”. I saw that in a letter to the editor this morning and almost spit my coffee out. To label this magnificent team after the lamest, stupidest, sappiest TV show ever produced which has been (thankfully) off the air for almost 50 years is an abomination. Nip that in the bud immediately. Please!

Jeff Cutting, Brandon

Big Tech isn’t mandatory

Florida Republicans target Big Tech and its big business in the state | Feb. 5

If you don’t want to be “censored, filtered or blocked” by Apple, Facebook, Twitter or Amazon, don’t use their products and services. That is what some of us call free-market capitalism. I thought Republicans were familiar with that concept.

William Carroll, St. Petersburg

Heal GOP from within

Younger Republicans have a bold new vision for party | Column, Feb. 6

I don’t think that anyone would disagree with the ideal vision for the GOP that Jeb Bush Jr. and MacKay Jimeson spell out. However, it comes across has having been written by people who are both idealistic and naïve. The ideals in the column are not new. This is what the GOP has always stood for. If a new, younger generation of Republicans is going to help take the party back to its roots, it must first accept the fact that the party has a problem, and then seek the treatment that it so desperately needs. Trumpism is a cancer that has sickened the party from within. Until the Donald Trump enablers (who promote lies, conspiracy theories, distrust of science and U.S. intelligence agencies, climate denialism, and acceptance of QAnon and the like) are condemned from within, the GOP cannot heal.

Glenn Poskocil, Tampa

GOP needs help

Younger Republicans have a bold new vision for party | Column, Feb. 6

Mr. Bush’s and Mr. Jimeson’s attempt to paint an optimistic future for the Republican Party should be noted for courage and conviction, but they seem to be lost on the true nature of the party. The breakdown starts with their claim to Ronald Reagan’s legacy, which misses the point that virtually everything The Gipper stood for has been trashed by the current leader of their party, former president Donald Trump. I admire what they want their party to look like in the future, and I’m thrilled they have a sense of ownership and responsibility. But they’re not going to get there without a clear understanding of how divergent Trumpism is from their golden view of Republicanism. The hymn they sing has all the right words and harmonic notes, full of hope and promise, but without a hint of the reality of the sorry state of the current Republican Party.

Jon Crawfurd, Gulfport

Time for a third party

Younger Republicans have a bold new vision for party | Column, Feb. 6

I voted for the first time in 1984. Although my father was a Democrat, I was very much impressed by President Ronald Reagan. He made us all feel good about being Americans. He brought the country together in a way that hasn’t happened since. That’s how he won 49 of the 50 states. I don’t recognize the Republican Party that I’ve supported for 36 years. I couldn’t vote for Donald Trump who unlike the Great Communicator was the Great Divider. He made my party into the party of lies and conspiracy theories. He made it into the party that was willing to cast democracy aside, overturn the results of a free and fair democratic election and install him as their unelected king. He appealed to the seedier elements in our society and brought the undesirables into our party. And he deceived the multitudes with his lies to the point where ordinary Americans were willing to storm our Capitol.

I’m ashamed of the party, but I’m not a Democrat. It’s time for a split. Let Trump stand up his Patriot Party and take all the radicals with him.

Lonnie Hammack, Orlando