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Will the $1 trillion infrastructure bill build needed bridges and roads? One reader is skeptical | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
 
President Joe Biden delivers remarks Tuesday on the Senate approving H.R. 3684 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
President Joe Biden delivers remarks Tuesday on the Senate approving H.R. 3684 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Published Aug. 13, 2021

Building bridges? We’ll see

Senate infrastructure plan a boost for Florida | Editorial, Aug. 11

Once again our politicians have been given trillions to spend on “infrastructure.” I recall President Barack Obama telling us how money would be spent on “shovel ready” jobs, and later he laughed as he admitted it was spent to save union jobs and other giveaways to Democrat Party pet projects. I will watch to see the first dollar actually spent on a road or bridge.

Bruce Davidson, Zephyrhills

Get beyond the toddler stage

Marco Rubio, Rick Scott vote ‘no’ as Senate passes $1 trillion infrastructure bill | Aug. 11

Nineteen Republican senators have learned the art of negotiation and compromise. Our Florida senators have learned how to do photo opportunities and say “no” to anything proposed by Democrats. Nineteen Republican senators will bring badly needed infrastructure improvements to the entire nation, but especially to their home states. Our Florida senators will be sitting on the sideline bringing nothing of value to Florida. Perhaps it is time for Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to advance beyond the toddler response of just saying no to everything. Perhaps they could actually do the hard work of governing. We have enough of their photos.

Mark Gibson, St. Petersburg

Pelosi is in the way

Senate infrastructure plan a boost for Florida | Editorial, Aug. 11

Now how stupid can House Speaker Nancy Pelosi get? The Senate spends all that time getting an $1 trillion infrastructure bill agreed to and then she will hold it up to get a ridiculous $3.6 trillion “soft infrastructure” bill signed. That will take months if not years. All that money from the real infrastructure bill could help, but it’s held up by one vengeful woman.

Michael Bugosh, Sun City Center

Look out for thy neighbor

Four charts illustrate Florida’s COVID crisis | Editorial, Aug. 11

Every day I’m amazed that in my interactions with people, many of them have absolutely no idea how dire our situation is currently. When I cite current COVID positivity rates and talk about the record number of hospitalizations in our area, it’s often met with wide-eyed surprise, though often with genuine concern. I think so many of us are conditioned to remain in our own little “bubbles” that we fail to see the great suffering of those directly in our own backyards. If you have a roof over your head, a car in your driveway, a job that can pay your bills, and now, most importantly, your own good health and the health of those you love, please try to find some grace and humility with others who aren’t so fortunate.

Jules Stewart, Dunedin