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Congress can cut child poverty in Tampa Bay | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Tuesday’s letters to the editor.
 
"Wait, you mean you're God? As in THE God? As in, the same God the grownups used as an excuse to murder all of us?" (Andy Marlette, Creators.com)
"Wait, you mean you're God? As in THE God? As in, the same God the grownups used as an excuse to murder all of us?" (Andy Marlette, Creators.com) [ Creators ]
Published Oct. 24, 2023

Renew the child tax credit

Child poverty is on the rise | Oct. 22

I’m happy that Tampa Bay is attracting many people, but I’m heartbroken that many more families with children are struggling to pay bills and put enough food on the table. Congress had no excuse for letting the expanded child tax credit expire in 2021 and now has no excuse for not renewing it. Oh, the House of Representatives is not functioning. They should do the jobs they were elected to do: Represent and serve the rest of us.

Linda Schatz, Tampa

Thou shall not kill

Andy Marlette cartoon | Oct. 22

In this editorial cartoon, children speak to God, saying: “Wait, you’re God? ... As in, the same God the grownups used as an excuse to murder all of us?” When God said, “You shall not kill,” in Exodus 20:13 and made it one of the Ten Commandments, he meant no one could take the life of another. No one.

Dale Kimball, Wesley Chapel

Plan for surges

Shore Acres neighbors help each other as Hurricane Idalia cleanup continues | Oct. 20

Some 1,400 homes in St. Petersburg were flooded after Hurricane Idalia, largely in the Shore Acres and Riviera Bay neighborhoods. Since 2017, Tampa Bay has experienced three hurricane surges — two negative, with water flowing out of the bay (Irma and Ian), and one positive (Idalia). Despite Idalia making landfall 150 miles to the north, two neighborhoods were seriously flooded and many others came close.

The St. Petersburg City Council now has pending a thoughtful Stormwater Master Plan geared toward handling sea-level rise and storms of greater intensity caused in large part by climate change. Consideration should be given to speeding up the schedule for fully accomplishing it. The plan addresses only rainfall, not hurricane surge. Hopefully, a hurricane surge vulnerability study and plan for mitigating devastating hurricane surge can be finished before the next big one gets any closer.

Will Michaels, St. Petersburg

The homefront

DeSantis planning for Iran sanctions | Oct. 21

Gov. Ron DeSantis should put his energies into solving Florida’s own problems like skyrocketing home insurance rates and not try to micromanage foreign policy by adding Florida-based sanctions on Iran. That and flying Americans from Israel to Tampa (stranding dozens of Americans in Cyprus and otherwise creating confusion in ongoing rescue efforts through Tampa’s Project Dynamo) are, I believe, political theater.

Bruce Shephard, Tampa