Want to know what socialists really think? Ask one | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Monday’s letters to the editor.
A Times guest columnist writes that many people who criticize socialism would not know the strict definition of socialism.
A Times guest columnist writes that many people who criticize socialism would not know the strict definition of socialism. [ Times (2011) ]
Published Mar. 15
Updated Mar. 15

Ask a socialist about socialism

Conservatives who love socialism | Column, March 11

It’s tedious reading about what socialism is or isn’t from your liberal or conservative columnists. Why don’t you have an actual socialist write an article on socialism? There are active chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America in Tampa and Pinellas. Reach out to them. We’re your neighbors, co-workers, maybe even your family members. Most socialists want Medicare for all, tuition free college, and an end to forever wars. You’re doing a disservice to your readers by constantly mischaracterizing socialism.

RA McDaniel, St. Petersburg

Anti-facts is dangerous

We’re becoming a nation without facts. That means we’ll never know the truth | Column, March 11

Columnist Leonard Pitts nailed it with his analysis that this nation’s “anti-fact ethos” will leave lasting damage. America, under President Donald Trump, became so divisive that his followers had no choice but to find their anti-fact bubbles on-line. A far-right brotherhood was formed and became their reality. The constant barrage of presidential lies led to the “big lie” of a stolen election. And it resulted in the ultimate conclusion of an “anti-fact ethos” — the attempted sacking of the Capitol. With these scoundrels still among us, (and emboldened by today’s GOP) — there is no reason to believe this might not happen again.

William Falcone, Brandon

Too many bail outs

COVID relief bill could permanently alter social safety net | March 12

Congress has passed a $1.9 trillion bill they call a COVID relief bill when only a small fraction of the money goes to people for relief from COVID. The vast majority goes to pet programs, political pork and most aggravating to bail out states who have mismanaged their budgets for years. In a nutshell, Florida taxpayers will now be paying for the untenable management decisions by lawmakers in liberal states. As a country, we do entirely too much of this; bailing out those who continue to make bad decisions and look for others to remedy their problems. Then, they do it all over again. When are we going to learn?

John Bottomley, Lutz

The records people

Annual Sunshine Week

The Clerks of the Circuit Court & Comptrollers of the Tampa Bay area celebrate the 16th Annual Sunshine Week – March 14-20. As clerks, we play a vital role in providing access to important documents, including court and official records. As county comptrollers, we are committed to financial transparency. Florida has an extensive history of protecting citizens’ rights to have access to public information. Beginning in 1909 with the Public Records Law and evolving to the Sunshine Law, Florida has long supported providing access and the ability to participate in government. Florida’s sunshine laws rank among the strongest in the country, demonstrating the state’s commitment to protecting residents’ rights to remain informed and engaged.

As clerks, we are honored to be entrusted with the responsibility to provide the citizens of our counties with access to records and the resources they need to be active members of our communities. Maintaining transparency and equal access to public information is one of our most important responsibilities and one which we take very seriously.

While Sunshine Week is only once a year, clerks uphold government transparency with accurate recordkeeping and efficient reporting every day. As your elected Clerks of Court & Comptrollers, we are committed to serving the public and defending your right to access public information.

Angela Vick, Citrus; Doug Chorvat, Hernando; Nikki Alvarez-Sowles, Pasco; Ken Burke, Pinellas; Cindy Stuart, Hillsborough; and Stacy Butterfield, Polk