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Why does a firefighter pay more federal taxes than entire corporations? | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
The Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington, D.C..
The Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington, D.C.. [ CHIP SOMODEVILLA | Getty Images North America ]
Published Sep. 16

Taxes and fairness

White House, Democrats tangle over Biden bid to raise taxes | Sept. 12

The fact is a firefighter shouldn’t pay more in taxes than an entire tech company. A teacher shouldn’t pay more in taxes than an energy company. America is going to cut taxes for the middle class by ensuring the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share.

Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach

The ‘woke’ backlash

Isn’t being ‘woke’ a good thing? | Letters, June 6

I’m old enough to have witnessed the ongoing evolution of our language and grammar. One facet of this evolution I find interesting, is that when the word changes, long time definitions or context are actually still the same, but are now spun differently, often for political reasons. Simply using a new word or phrase allows the speaker to vilify common sense actions.

For example: “Woke”, a favorite right-wing attack meme, means to realize you need to do the right thing. “Cancel culture”, or to “cancel someone”, means to hold someone accountable, and that they bear the consequences for their actions. Is doing the right thing and being held accountable for your actions wrong now because they have new words?

Anything and everything can be overblown today, but the next time you hear a talking head railing against the “woke,” and complain about being “canceled” when they lie, what they are saying is that they don’t care about doing the right thing, and shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions. Far too many people demand “freedom” to do the wrong thing — and get away with it.

Stephan Fugleberg, Tampa

Fighting ourselves

Denmark suppressed COVID-19. Why can’t Florida? | Letters, Sept. 14

I read with interest the letter to the editor about the person who traveled to Denmark and Sweden, both countries with very little COVID now. Those countries acted according to guidelines similar to those put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and now are practically COVID-free.

In contrast, on the front page of the Tampa Bay Times is our governor saying that he’ll fine local governments $5,000 for each employee required to be vaccinated. How long must we keep fighting ourselves with this deadly disease?

Rhonda Knepper, St Petersburg

Not caring for children

Gov. DeSantis snubbed $820 million in federal food aid and won’t say why | Editorial | Sept. 1

Gov. Ron DeSantis and his follower bleat mightily about taking care of unborn children but refuse no-strings federal money to feed hungry ones already born. Methinks the governor and his flock deserve a letter — a big red “H” for hypocrite.

J. Larson, St Petersburg