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The college football playoffs vs. the future of democracy | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
 
The Florida State Seminoles walk on the field before taking on the Louisville Cardinals during the ACC Championship at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.
The Florida State Seminoles walk on the field before taking on the Louisville Cardinals during the ACC Championship at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. [ ISAIAH VAZQUEZ | Getty Images North America ]
Published Dec. 6, 2023

Better things to do

Politicians demand answers for FSU snub | Dec. 5

So now our state leaders are going to waste time with an “inquiry” on why Florida State didn’t make it into the College Football Playoff. It’s not as if they don’t have more important things to do. Granted, FSU fans are upset, but the selection committee chairperson, Boo Corrigan, gave reasonable, although I guess not acceptable to some, explanations as to why they weren’t chosen. The answer is to expand the playoffs.

But ask leaders who protest the decision how they can still support a former president who wants to do away with democracy, and the blame shifts to President Joe Biden. Sen. Rick Scott still backs Donald Trump. Sen. Lindsey Graham defended Trump against Liz Cheney’s comments this weekend by stating that a Biden presidency would be worse. This is from a man who claimed, “I’m done” after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

David Lubin, Tampa

Speeders and water hogs

Lawn-watering restrictions OK’d | Nov. 15

I can only speak about my current neighborhood, but the new watering rules for Hillsborough County are about as effective as the speed limit signs on Interstate 75. A vast majority will ignore them. They will water any day that they want, as often as they want. Why not? Who is going to witness them and then do anything about the infraction? It’s just like speeders on the interstate. Enforcement is all bark and no bite. Fortunately, there are some people in my area who will abide by the new regulations.

Tom Craig, Riverview

Just fall in line

Florida Dems cancel presidential primary | Dec. 6

I guess that Democrats are supposed to listen to their betters. After all, they know what is best for you. Your views and opinions are not needed.

Sean Gaffney, Tarpon Springs

Left unsaid

Editorial cartoon | Dec. 5

I believe there was an omission on one of right-wing political cartoonist Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on Tuesday’s opinion pages. Part of the last line was somehow left off. Under the artwork of an impoverished child, the caption should have read: “The U.S. poverty rate saw its largest one-year increase in history because the Republicans refused to extend President Joe Biden’s child tax credit.”

Brian Valsavage, St. Petersburg