Leave mail-in voting alone
As a senior citizen from Florida for 31 years, I remember when our voting process was the laughing stock of the nation. I remember seeing a gaggle of people trying to determine whether those “hanging chads” were for a Democrat, a Republican or Mickey Mouse! I remember the “butterfly ballot” that confused way too many voters. We sure don’t need to bring the voting circus back to Florida, but it seems the ringmasters in Tallahassee want to put that banana peel under the foot of the Florida voter as they try to go to the ballot box. It seems that for some Republican leaders having a sane, workable ballot and mail-in process was too much, and now they feel they have to rework it to make it harder for the Florida voter. Why are they in a rush to break something that finally works? Take it from this senior Florida voter: easier is better.
Peter Barton, St. Petersburg
Mail-in voting needs overhaul
Bill Day’s cartoon of a Florida mailbox called “Democracy” locked with a Republican symbol that says “Reapply” is pathetic. I suppose Mr. Day is okay with unaccountable ballots that require no proof of identity to be submitted as long as his party remains in control, which is what this is all about. This is a travesty for all Americans, right or left. We need to get back to showing up to vote, present proof of identification and receive a ballot. If we believe in the founding documents, we should be willing to protect the very right that makes us free. Sounds like a broken record, huh?
Dan Raulerson, Plant City
Don’t giveaway the state’s water
Yet another example of elected officials shrugging off the wishes of their constituents and doing whatever they want. This time they are literally giving away a million gallons of water a day from Florida’s aquifer. Seven Springs and Nestle will pump, bottle and sell Florida’s life giving commodity and never pay the state, county or city a penny. If everyone is all about running government like a business, shouldn’t they first charge for the product? But instead they are giving it away. These representatives need to represent, or get out of the way for those who will.
Christina Aikman, St. Petersburg
More prison makes no sense
Whatever you can learn in prison about remorse, Kyle Moran learned it in the 24 years he lived there. Somewhere in those years, he also learned to want a better life, to be a good citizen, to hold a job and get married, maybe raise kids. Does it make any sense to take him off this path to a better life and put him back in prison? What can he possibly learn there that he hasn’t already learned?
Ingrid Tomey, St. Petersburg
Cruz sets bad example
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’ callous escape to Cancun is a morality tale in reverse. I doubt he is going to suffer much more than a brief wave of condemnation. The larger issue his behavior illustrates may be that many of the wealthy people who serve in Congress don’t really understand the lives of everyday folks. That Cruz was able to escape cold, danger and privation is the issue. We need to frame better, clearer more compassionate expectations of elected representatives and systematically hold them to account. We need to clearly support those politicians whose standards are much higher than Cruz has demonstrated.
Antonia Lewandowski, Largo
Stop ignoring obvious problems
Your Sunday editorial reminded me of the old Fran oil filter commercial. A mechanic is working on a car that needs $200 worth of repairs. He says the owner of the car could have avoided the repair by paying $4 for an oil filter. Then he says, “You can pay me now or you can pay me later.” Exactly what happened when Texas didn’t make the recommended improvements to their power grid, they are now paying later. And that’s what will happen in Florida due to hurricane power loss, flooding of treatment plants causing raw sewage to flood streets and waterways, and other long-ignored issues. The other saying is: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We know these two sayings to be true, yet we refuse to insist our Legislature do something about known future problems. We always wind up paying for the cure later.
Russ A Johnson, Hudson
An expensive reality check
2.5M in election regrets | Feb. 21
Despite an honest election, Fred Eshelman gave a seven-figure sum to an outfit that alleged election fraud. As the saying goes, “There is a sucker born every minute.” I’d say, the birth rate has picked up.
Charles Lehnert, Sun City Center
Have you no decency?
The recent flood of disgraceful comments about Rush Limbaugh after his passing has sadly shown more evidence of the loss of dignity and propriety that we have come to see in our culture. The gloves appear to be off and anything goes in social and news media, in television, radio or print or on the internet, and there is no consideration for what is appropriate even upon the immediate aftermath of someone’s death. We watch the Super Bowl and see continuous taunts, and political debates have become nothing more than the Jerry Springer show with only the throwing of chairs and punches to follow at some point in our inglorious future. Sportsmanship, respect and common courtesy are no longer common these days, and the dumbing down of America is almost complete on all levels. There is a thin line between civility and law and order, and the chaos and anarchy that result when they are gone. We are riding on that thin edge which separates the two. I can’t imagine what it would be like to try to raise a child today in this toxic environment that we have created.
Charles Sitero, Ormond Beach