Crowd pleasers | Feb. 11
A stunt double for the trophy
When I saw Tom Brady toss the Lombardi Trophy to another boat in the flotilla, I gasped. This just demonstrates the formidable combination of factors making him the champion he is: exceptional skill and luck. A suggestion: It would be wise to create a stunt double trophy that could be tossed, jostled about, or even lost without risk to the original.
David Beaven, Clearwater
Ads sell with celebs, pandemic and a little politics | Feb. 8
Save the outrage for real villains
Many of us need to keep perspective. Bruce Springsteen has been criticized for going “corporate” for appearing in a Jeep ad. He was merely promoting the idea of people trying to find common ground and not amplify our differences, it was non-partisan, an appeal for unity. It was not political. This seems to be the attitude of some of us toward Publix as well. It is not reasonable to vilify a corporation because of the act of an heir to the founder. Publix is fully involved in the communities it serves. Let’s evaluate the total package, be thankful, save the outrage and indignation for those who deserve it.
Dan Greene, Weeki Wachee
Lobbyist to be chief lawyer for utility consumers | Feb. 11
Looking out for whom?
Let the circle be unbroken. The Republicans make a lobbyist with 40 years’ experience representing all of the Republicans’ favorite industries (Big Sugar, developers and, of course, utilities) the public counsel before the Public Service Commission, replacing someone who actually represented the interests of us lowly consumers. If this is how you think government should operate, keep voting for Republicans. If this is how you think government should operate, keep voting for Republicans.
Jody Price, Safety Harbor
Crowd of vaccine seekers overwhelms state mall site | Feb. 12
What I won’t do
What a sorry mess. While I am over 65 and still waiting to receive my first dose, I will not participate in this dog and pony show. I have camped out for Grateful Dead tickets, stood in line for Rolling Stones tickets, but I will not do so to take the vaccine. On the Publix vaccination website, the counter in red marches down to zero while urging us “not to refresh the page.” If the option to schedule an appointment became available, I would be frozen in wonderment, probably unable to complete the form.
Earl Weaver, Largo
Trump’s words echo in trial | Feb. 12
Becoming the place we fled
I am a first generation American. All four grandparents and my father were born in Hungary, coming after World War I. My family was lucky to escape most of the horrors of domination by Russia, but friends and other relatives were not. When I was young, we received many letters about their treatment by the occupying Russian soldiers. Now I am an 80-year-old retiree, living very comfortably. I believe our ex-president was about to lead this country into the autocratic type of government my ancestors fled. If a narcissistic individual can convince so many Americans that he was re-elected in a “landslide,” where are we? This is not the America my family fled to. It was beginning to resemble what they came from.
Lois Fries, Largo