Breath of fresh air
When I saw the title of the column by Julio Fuentes (“Working to address Hispanics’ back-to-school dread,” Other Views, Aug. 23) I fully expected yet another article blaming society for the Hispanic “dread.” But, what a breath of fresh air! Fuentes outlined the “dread” and then went on to tell of Hispanic organizations that are working to address the issues. He used the word “parents” several times. He used the word “educators.” He used the word “students,” all getting involved to work on the high dropout rate, the “disadvantaged” schools, the low academic achievement and lack of a college education for Hispanic youth.
Not once did he assign blame to society. He placed the responsibility squarely on the people affected. I hope his attitude and ideas rub off on other Americans of ethnic background. I think it would serve them well. Good luck, Julio Fuentes!
Sun City Center
In response to the comments by William A. Cox (“U.S. in dire peril,” Your Views, Aug. 24) , it would appear the author is alluding to the president’s use of executive orders as if this was an attempt for a president to write his own laws. Nothing could possibly be more misleading or absurd.
The power to issue an executive order is in the Constitution. It would be incorrect to suggest otherwise. One hundred and twelve years of constitutional case law also supports the validity of an executive order. In 112 years, U.S. courts have only overturned two executive orders.
Congressional approval is not mandated or required to issue an executive order. Nor is the participation of Congress in the drafting of such an order. It would be in grievous error to even suggest that the use of an executive order is an unconstitutional attempt to circumvent Congress.
When we compare administrations over the past 112 years we find Republican administrations have issued 5,088 executive orders as compared to Democratic administrations at 8,683. But it should be noted that President Roosevelt issued 3,522 of these executive orders as part of the New Deal. Since that time, the Republicans and the Democrats have used this power equally.
Since 1901 (Theodore Roosevelt), President Obama has issued the fewest executive orders (162) of any president in the past 112 years.
Therefore, to attempt to characterize the proper use of executive orders as a blatant attempt by the current administration to “write their own laws” is both deliberately misleading and patently false.
David T. Fuller
Follow the money
Tribune columnist Joe Henderson’s rant about stalled traffic in Brandon is a redundant issue (“Gridlock is a warning for future,” Metro, Aug. 24). To equate that light rail will somehow cure all the ills of gridlock is ridiculous.
The cause of the gridlock is the unabashed sprawl approved by the county commission without taxing those who created the problem, and that is the developers. Now that the county commissioners have screwed everything up so badly, they want the public to pony up tax dollars to correct the issue, rather than going after the developers who created the mess in the first place.
There is an old saying, “A lack of planning on your part does constitute an emergency on my part.” Buck up, county commissioners, and go after the developers — you know, the ones who line your pockets with campaign funds for your next election. If Henderson wishes to do an article, have him follow the money in each of the commissioners’ re-election campaigns. He will be appalled. I am not a tea party Republican but a progressive Democrat.
In response to “No place on diversity panel for Kemple” (Our Views, Aug. 24), once again the Tribune is defining diversity as only those who agree with its views. By definition, “our” diversity council needs Terry Kemple. His objections to our diversity council centered on County Commissioner Kevin Beckner’s plan to allow outside interests to be able to influence our council’s content. Our diversity council should reflect our community, and Kemple’s opinions, viewpoints and beliefs represent a large portion of the Hillsborough County community. I hope our county commissioners realize our diversity council should be more diverse than the views of The Tampa Tribune!
Diversity equals ‘variety’
In reading “No place on diversity panel for Kemple,” I was somewhat amused but mostly appalled at your final opinion that commissioners should reject Terry Kemple’s membership. The definition of “diversity,” if you would take the time to look it up, is variety; the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization. It sounds to us in this home that your opinion excludes Kemple’s Christian viewpoint from being part of this panel simply because he is a Christian and simply because you do not want a different opinion from yours and the rest of the panel. You are the one causing division, not him. He is entitled to his thoughts as well as others on the panel; is he not?
It matters that those who lead the newsroom understand every facet of the community they cover. It is in seeing ourselves whole that we can begin to see ways of working out the differences. Food for thought!