Do I get a new Harley, then?
When my daughter was a toddler in 1999, I sold my Harley Davidson motorcycle and used the proceeds to pay for a Florida pre-paid tuition program to secure her tuition costs. I then began a savings program dedicated to her other future educational expenses. I was excited to hear about President Joe Biden’s plan to pay off school loans. However, because of our sacrifice and planning, my daughter doesn’t have any debt. So with that in mind, we can just call it even if you send me another Harley.
David L. Fraser, Clearwater
Skip the Hallmark card
Let’s celebrate seniors on Sunday, Senior Citizens Day | Column, Aug. 20
I am of a certain age where I guess I could find it insulting to be called a “senior.” I’m not sure what that moniker ever stood for, except classifying us as old and in need of assistance. Please remember that dementia and Alzheimer’s can affect those in their 50s, so I appreciate the funding but it’s not just a “senior” thing. Our homeowner’s insurance doubled this year, so we are contemplating selling our beloved home, while the governor is off chasing non-existent critical race theory in schools. As to what we need, regardless of age, it is affordable health care, clean water and air, a transportation system that meets the needs of all and a public education system that ensures the younger generations are prepared to preserve our republic. So let’s hold off on the Hallmark cards and do something worthy for all the citizens of Florida.
Diane Pearson, Dunedin
The power of the powerful
The losers call for restraints on power. The winners revel in exercising control. For supporting data, review history and geography since the time of the caesars.
Mortimer Brown, Lutz
It’s the smart phone, stupid
Students lose access to books amid ‘purging of ideas’ in many states | Aug. 21
The book banners are totally out of touch. If they want to protect children from sexually explicit reading material, the governor and Florida Legislature will need to pass laws prohibiting any child under 12 from ever touching a smart phone. As for parental controls, most 10-years-olds have a better comprehension of today’s electronic devices than their adult guardians ever will. Don’t forget: Inquiring minds want to know.
Brian Valsavage, St. Petersburg