Florida, we need to end our worship of rich people | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
Elon Musk and Donald Trump
Elon Musk and Donald Trump [ Times files ]
Published July 31, 2023

Hooray for common sense

Why do we listen to Elon Musk | Column, July 23

Hooray for columnist Adam Lashinsky, and amen. Donald Trump has proven that an aptitude for raking in cash (earned or otherwise) does not promise intelligence in any measure. Elon Musk has been working hard to join Trump in that ignominy. The same caution goes to those always bent on voting for some huckster “because he’s a good businessman.” The idea that our government should be “run like a business” is the grossest lie ever advanced against liberal democracy. And people are too easily deceived about who exactly is a good businessman. Again, Trump is the instructive example.

Steve Douglas, St. Petersburg

Rich doesn’t equal smart

Why do we listen to Elon Musk? | Column, July 23

The opinion piece by Adam Lashinsky addresses a belief by so many that has always been all too common — that if someone is rich and successful, they must automatically be smarter than everyone else, about everything else. All too often I have met or worked with people who were very successful financially in their field, but outside of that area of expertise they obviously had no clue what they were talking about. Yet much of society listens to these rich geniuses as if they were all knowing regarding anything they spoke about.

I like to refer back to my family’s favorite musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.” The milkman Tevye summed it up in the song “If I Were a Rich Man” when he sang: “And it won’t make one bit of difference, if I answer right or wrong. When you’re rich they think you really know.”

Paul Agamaite, St. Petersburg

Congratulations, Times

Tampa Bay Times journalists win 17 awards | July 23

Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Times for winning 17 Florida Society of News Editors awards in breaking news, enterprise, features writing, editorial and columnist categories, and in feature and sports photography. These awards can be added to the many other awards won by the Times over the years, including 14 Pulitzer Prizes. We in the Tampa Bay area are very fortunate to have such a great newspaper.

Michael Furlong, Treasure Island

Teaching history

DeSantis’ bad week | July 27

Florida state officials are promoting the idea that slavery was beneficial to enslaved people. Firing teachers who make children feel uncomfortable about history is really about erasing history, not teaching it. If you don’t learn from our mistakes and history, we will repeat it. Good teachers who follow the educator’s code of ethics will continue to quit or leave the state so that they don’t have to lie to children.

Jackie Kanner, St. Petersburg