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Capt. Kirk at the edge of space | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
Blue Origins vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers, left, looks on as Star Trek actor William Shatner waves during a media availability on the landing pad of Blue Origin's New Shepard after they flew into space on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, near Van Horn, Texas.
Blue Origins vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers, left, looks on as Star Trek actor William Shatner waves during a media availability on the landing pad of Blue Origin's New Shepard after they flew into space on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, near Van Horn, Texas. [ MARIO TAMA | Getty Images North America ]
Published Oct. 15

The final frontier

Boldly going: Star Trek’s Capt. Kirk flies to space, back | Oct. 14

Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you. If you’re young at heart. At age 90, William Shatner, Capt. James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, has reached the final frontier — space. And if Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) were alive, no doubt, he would be proud. Bravo!

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater

Majoring in sports

Flush with COVID aid, schools are steering their funds to sports | Oct. 10

I am a moderate who is fiscally conservative, but I vote on social issues for both Democrats and Republicans. Recently there were several news articles and reports on the use of tens of billions of dollars approved by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden for assisting students to catch up in the world of academia due to the pandemic. A large percentage of this money was supposed to be used by local governments to assist those most in need, especially in schools where the majority of students lived in poverty and did not have access to items like a computer or internet.

My understanding is that tens of billions were instead used for items like building new sport stadiums, upgrading track and field facilities and updating weight rooms. In other words, billions were spent on a minority of students to help them become better athletes instead of better students. Congress is debating on new spending bills. There need to be plenty of “hooks” to make sure that the money is spent where it is intended and not used for frivolous expenditures. Of course, remember that President Biden just cancelled building more of the wall at the border even though billions had already been paid to contractors for both supplies and employment of personnel. In other words, billions were a gift from President Biden to them for doing nothing. So much for accountability.

Tom Craig, Riverview

It’s private property

State’s business ‘review’ list unclear | Oct. 14

Did I miss where private property came under the control of the governor? So neither the governor nor anyone on his list of big money backers belong to members-only clubs? I personally do not let unvaxxed people into my house. I meet with them on my porch or carport, so am I in violation? If you have a ticket to a concert but show up drunk and loud, will you get in? If you have a dinner reservation but show up in shorts, will all restaurants let you in?

Robert Spencer, Dunedin

Money spent

A big boost for retirees | Oct. 14

Retirees will get a 5.9% increase in their Social Security checks next year. That amounts to about $92 per month. That amount just about covers the increase in my health care premiums (but not my wife’s increase). Now if only everything else (food, gas, etc.) will stay the same.

Barry Kreiling, Brooksville

Maybe not

Trump will run in ‘24 | Column, Oct. 14

This column is titillating reading but not based on the reality of politics in the United States. If a year is a lifetime in politics, three years out must be a millennium. There are so many variables and questions to consider. Who will Donald Trump be running against? Will it be the current Joe Biden or the Joe Biden who gets infrastructure bills passed, which could raise his approval rating substantially? Will Biden retire after one term? Who would replace him? Will the House select committee investigating the deadly invasion of the Capitol on Jan. 6 put a dent in Trump’s bid for another term? Will another Republican who voters see as more electable come along? These and the myriad of other questions make prognosticating political outcomes iffy at best.

George Chase, St. Pete Beach

Whose choice?

State’s business ‘review’ list unclear | Oct. 14

Listening to the radio during my morning walk, I heard Gov. Ron DeSantis repeatedly use the word choice about vaccine mandates and masking regulations. He seems to be such a firm believer in a person’s right to choose, unless that person is a woman who happens to be pregnant, and then the idea of personal choice flies out the window.

Edward Lieberman, South Pasadena

Word it this way

Test all drivers | Letters, Oct. 12

While some of us, at least, are thinking out loud about requiring more training and testing in order to drive/continue to drive a car safely, I have the following suggestions for wording in the next edition of the Florida state driver’s manual: (1) Use your turn signal (or, as some prefer, blinker) at least 100 feet before a turn, and do it before you step on your brakes to slow to a safe turning speed. (2) Drivers must look out for pedestrians and observe “no turn on red” or “stop here” signs and markers at intersections. Pedestrians have the right of way. You don’t.

Rick Sherin, Tampa