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Friday's letters: Marco Rubio miscasts single mothers

In support of Clean Power Plan

Rubio miscasts single mothers

On Aug. 3, Sen. Marco Rubio said on CNN that he's concerned a single mother in Tampa wouldn't be able to pay her power bill because it could increase by $30 due to the Clean Power Plan. This is disingenuous, and it panders to our fears in an economy where many of us are already struggling.

I'm a single mother in Tampa. And although Rubio is my senator, he doesn't speak for me and I'm sure the same can be said of thousands of other single mothers in Florida.

The EPA's Clean Power Plan will actually help Florida's economy. Clean energy — like solar and wind power — are already cost-competitive with dirty fossil fuels. The Sunshine State has limitless potential to become a leader in clean energy, thereby protecting the health of our children and creating higher-paying jobs.

I am the sole breadwinner for my family. If my or my daughter's allergies worsen and cause us to miss school and work, is Rubio going to pay the difference between the earnings I lose and the hypothetical $30 I may save?

If he and others like him have their way, our dirty coal power plants would continue to spew tons of greenhouse gases and toxins into our air, threatening the future for my daughter and everyone else's children. By how many millions of dollars is our economy already affected by sick days because of people's respiratory problems caused by those toxins?

Debbie King, Tampa

Republican presidential debate

No experience needed?

"This election cannot be a resume competition," Sen. Marco Rubio said during last week's debate among Republican candidates for president. He wants to pilot the airplane, but he thinks flight school is a liability.

G.T. Kaszer, St. Petersburg

Bad news doesn't slow Allegiant growth Aug. 12, Robert Trigaux column

Safety is priceless

I made a reservation for two on Allegiant about six weeks ago for travel this month. After hearing of unsafe practices and many incidents, I booked with USAirways/American and accepted the fact that the trip costs would more than double. I could have rebooked with Allegiant up to 12 months later, since I purchased the insurance offered. But did I want to fly with them in 12 months? No. I was willing to pay much more to have peace of mind about the safety of the aircraft.

Of course, Wall Street thinks Allegiant is great. Its only interest is in stock prices continuing to "fly high" until, perhaps, Allegiant's aircraft don't.

Suzanne Martindale, Pinellas Park

A disdain for openness | Aug. 11, editorial

Arrogance and disdain

I fail to see how the nonissue of Hillary Clinton's emails compares to the issues with our governor.

The interminable chatter over Benghazi by that super sleuth Trey Gowdy and his committee is, according to him, the No. 1 issue in his district. Do you think his constant talking about it makes it No. 1? His committee is responsible for perpetuating this nonissue trying to implicate Hillary Clinton. Is it because she is the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee?

Your editorial follows the New York Times' bid to not let this go until some definitive statement comes from our government concerning all this. Incidentally, I just had a friend email to tell me that he uses a separate email account so that he doesn't have to plow through those long strings of clutter we all receive every day. Maybe Trey Gowdy should dig up Whitewater again; then we will have a real nonissue to discuss.

Florence Laureira, Hudson

Hold Clinton accountable

I would like to know how top-secret emails got on to Hillary Clinton's private server. Without going into detail, you would need to intentionally ignore every security protocol to transmit classified emails to a private computer.

Top-secret information is information whose unauthorized disclosure could result in exceptionally grave danger to the nation. Everyone involved should be held accountable, starting with Mrs. Clinton.

Richard Golden, San Antonio, Fla.

Legislators can stop whining Aug. 12, editorial

Sympathy's in short supply

In two days of a special session for redistricting, all our "lawmakers" have accomplished is complaining about having to do it. It reminds me of the man arrested the other day who complained the cuffs were too tight. The cop said, "You played and you got caught, now shut up."

Our elected officials broke the law. Not made a mistake, not an error. They broke the law, got caught and now want to blame the court for enforcing the law.

Gareth Fales, Temple Terrace

No more complaining

I've had enough from whining Republicans in the Legislature. I am so sorry they may have to take their chances with actual voters, not hand-picked before the elections. After blatantly and intentionally violating the state Constitution, they are now whining because we are watching more closely. They complain even after getting a second chance to follow the law. They should be thankful they are not in jail, which is where most of us would be if we committed crimes of similar significance.

Guy Hancock, Largo

Judge grills NFL over Brady case | Aug. 13

Evidence falls short

Roger Goodell and Tom Brady are going back to court over deflated footballs. During the game, did any official replace any ball because it felt soft? These men are professionals with many years of experience and handle the footballs before every snap. If no balls were thrown out during the game, then throw out the case.

Dominic Grillo, Dunedin