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We’re going to get that $15.4 million for Piney Point back, right? | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
View of water being pumped out of the south pond of Piney Point and being released into Port Manatee after a water breach at the former phosphate plant, where breached wastewater reservoirs had threatened the surrounding areas with severe flooding.
View of water being pumped out of the south pond of Piney Point and being released into Port Manatee after a water breach at the former phosphate plant, where breached wastewater reservoirs had threatened the surrounding areas with severe flooding.
Published Apr. 16
Updated Apr. 16

Hold owner accountable

DeSantis steering more money to Piney Point, wants to close site | April 14

When contractors work on my house, they can put a lien on it. If I don’t pay for the work, they can collect when my house is sold. If I understand correctly, I, as a Florida taxpayer, have just paid $15.4 million to do work on Piney Point. I hope the state remembers to put a lien on the property. I want to be paid back, either in cash or property.

Travis Sherman, St. Petersburg

Taxing the rich again

Eager to build infrastructure, Biden plans to tax business | March 31

It is clear now that the Democrats control spending in Washington that spending and the size of government will increase dramatically. Furthermore, as in the past, wealthier Americans will pay for this increased spending. How do we know this? Reflect on the remark attributed to Willie Sutton the 1930s bank robber. When he was asked why he robbed banks he was reported to have said, “because that’s where the money is”.

Thomas Klein, Tampa

When I was a Marine ...

48,000 Marines have turned down the COVID vaccine

I saw an article in the past few days that said 40 percent of the present day U.S. Marines were refusing the COVID-19 vaccines. When I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in October 1955 and entered basic training in Texas one of our first assignments was to line up and take a group of shots. We weren’t asked whether we’d like to receive them. We were told in the line if we didn’t keep moving we’d get more! What has changed?

What problems could the lack of vaccinations cause in the case of a military emergency when 40 percent of the unit had not been vaccinated? Someone up the chain of command better be looking into this.

Dale Eubanks, Trinity

Death benefit needs an update

Lawmakers should raise Florida’s unemployment payments to $375. Will they? | Editorial | April 15

While you’re addressing measly unemployment benefits, why not address the Social Security Death Benefit, which hasn’t changed in decades. The $255 doesn’t even cover funeral flowers, so what is the point? And it’s not even automatically sent to you. Yes, for $255 you have to fill out a form. Better make sure that signature matches your most recent one.

Harriet Browder, Clearwater