Does trophy toss warrant a ‘my bad?’ | Feb.15
It’s the Bucs’ trophy to toss
Lorraine Grohs, daughter of the silversmith who made the original Vince Lombardi Trophy, and others need to chill out. Trophies are made for abuse. Just ask Lord Stanley. But unlike the Stanley Cup, the Lombardi Trophy is a new one each year. The NFL champs get to keep it. So if quarterback Tom Brady is tossing it on the Hillsborough River, he has to live with the consequences. Can you imagine, though, if it had fallen in? There would have been a reenactment of the Tarpon Springs Epiphany right on the spot.
David Lubin, Tampa
Does trophy toss warrant a ‘my bad?’ |. Feb.15
It’s just a trophy
Lighten up. It’s a football trophy, not a religious artifact. If Tom Brady wanted it in the river, that’s where it would have gone. It landed right where he wanted it — in the hands of a trusted receiver.
Patients, not nursing homes, should be protected | Column, Feb. 15
Nursing homes need these fixes
Once again our Republican-led Legislature claims to fix a problem while making it worse. The real problem in nursing homes is lack of staffing. . Growing numbers of for-profit conglomerates cut nursing home budgets while ignoring the harm these cuts cause. Anyone who’s ever had a loved one in a nursing home knows that staffing is everything. Caring, skilled nurses and nursing assistants are the only thing that stands between living our final years in dignity or agony. Require adequate staffing ratios and increase wages of nurses and CNAs. Oversee more robust infection control. Instead of reducing standards in nursing homes we need to increase them.
Diane Love, St. Petersburg
Sandra Cavalier, Port Richey
Addressing the federal debt crisis | Column, Feb. 13
Look who hiked the deficits
Now that his party no longer occupies the White House, Sen. Rick Scott is whining about the federal debt. According to PolitiFact, the budget deficit increased to a whopping $152.6 billion under President Ronald Reagan and to $290.3 billion under President George H.W. Bush. President Bill Clinton erased the deficit and turned it into a $128.2 billion surplus; President George W. Bush turned that surplus into a $1.41 trillion deficit; President Barack Obama reduced that deficit by half. Under President Donald Trump that $584.6 billion deficit is expected to balloon to around $1.1 trillion. These statistics show that the $27 trillion debt increased more under four Republican presidents connected by the common thread of cutting taxes for the wealthy in the belief that wealth will flow from the top down. Sen. Scott and his Republican Party can take “decisive action” by raising taxes on the wealthy and changing their economic philosophy from top down to bottom up.
Howard F. Harris Jr., Tampa
Who owns the fowl streets of Ybor? | Feb. 14
Let the chicken cross the road
Most of us have had to put up with a neighbor’s dog barking at all hours of the day or night. I get to hear the bugle calls of the protected Sand Hill Cranes. Others have had the dubious pleasure of listening to a gathering of Peacocks. Who hasn’t had a sandwich or snack ripped out of their hands by sea gulls while sitting at the beach? We clean up the messes made by our furry and feathered friends. I would not want to be in a world without them. So, to the disgruntled citizen unhappy with the chickens of Ybor City, I recommend finding a cause near and dear to your heart to soothe your soul.
Leslie Phillips, Brooksville