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Reckoning with the Jan. 6 insurrection | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
Trump supporters participate in a rally in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Trump supporters participate in a rally in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) [ JOHN MINCHILLO | AP ]
Published Jan. 6

How history will judge

There must be a reckoning for the Jan. 6 attack | Column, Jan. 5

In the not too distant future, when historians look back and reflect on the events leading up to the end of this delicate American experiment called democracy, I believe they will see Jan. 6, 2021, as ground zero. They will understand that Donald Trump was a catalyst who propelled already simmering problems into a boiling catastrophe and culminated in a feeble attempt to overthrow the government of the United States. The real problem is how this incredible event has been digested by the Republican Party and turned into “just another day in January.” When loyalty to one man takes precedence and garners acceptance over loyalty to the Constitution, the house of cards will fall.

Glenn Poskocil, Tampa Palms

Make examples

There must be a reckoning for the Jan. 6 attack | Column, Jan. 5

There are multitudes of opinions about what actually happened one year ago regarding the attempted coup of the United States government by Donald Trump’s supporters. But what if the rioters had actually captured Mike Pence (or Nancy Pelosi)? Would a public hanging on the grounds of our nation’s Capitol have changed the mindset of the right? It’s past time to make examples of the leaders of the Republican Party and try them for their deplorable actions.

Gregory Premer, St. Pete Beach

Net metering’s numbers

Net metering helps Florida’s disadvantaged | Column, Dec. 28

This column misleads readers on net metering. This piece claims that “low- and moderate-income communities have turned to rooftop solar power.” Given the average self-reported, rooftop solar installation cost in Florida far exceeds $30,000, it is hardly an affordable option for those trying to make ends meet each month. Here’s the injustice that the writer doesn’t share: Under the current net metering rules, those working families are the ones subsidizing the few who can afford to purchase private rooftop systems. The estimated net metering subsidy paid for by all Florida Power & Light customers is on track to reach approximately $30 million this year. It is not true that private rooftop solar is a benefit to all customers. Here’s the truth: Private solar systems provide benefits only to the individuals who own them, at the expense of everyone else. To be clear, FPL supports net metering and will always support customers who choose to purchase private solar systems, but they should pay the full cost of their system without relying on inflated bill credits paid for by all customers. This is why we fully support proposed legislation that addresses this unfair subsidy. Whether they rent their home or business, live in a condo, simply can’t afford or don’t want to pay the costs associated with private solar, not everyone is able or chooses to install their own system. We believe that Florida and our customers benefit the most when the largest amount of solar is installed for the lowest cost. This is indisputably achieved through large-scale, ground-mounted solar — like the 42 solar power plants FPL has today — which is more than three times more cost-effective than rooftop solar. It is time to update an outdated state mandate that’s created a subsidy received by 0.5% of our customers and paid for by the other 99.5%. While anyone should be able to put solar on their roof, we don’t think it’s right for everyone else to be forced to help pay for it.

Dave Reuter

The writer is the chief communications officer for Florida Power & Light Company.

Hed goes here.

Many retirees are scrimping too much | Column, Jan. 4

Columnist Alexis Leondis suggests that many retirees aren’t spending enough, and that financial advisers see this as a “big problem.” Next door to her article are several letters regarding the need to forgive government loans made to students who spent more on their education than they can afford to pay back. Seems that we old folks may have learned something in our youth that many younger people didn’t. Sorry, Ms. Leondis, but I’m not paying a penny to any financial adviser who urges me to spend more money in order to be in good financial shape for my future.

Michael Patterson, Tampa

Freedom of speech

UF professors’ suit may proceed | Jan. 5

It is so perfectly encouraging and excellent that Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker clearly understands the nature and motives of the malefactors behind the University of Florida’s attempts to crush the constitutional rights of faculty professors whose politics offend GOP politicians in Tallahassee. It’s also superb that UF board of trustees chairperson Mori Hosseini’s own big mouth earned him a gigantic and resounding rebuke from the judge in response to the defendants’ bogus assurances of future good behavior. It’s nothing less than a blow to GOP right-wing authoritarianism, and so a morale booster.

Steve Douglas, St. Petersburg