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Letters to the editor: Designated heir?

Designated heir? Regarding "Ryan will address Medicare in Florida" (front page, Aug. 14): While the Tribune is not as committed as most media outlets to serving as a President Obama lapdog, even your reporting is infected with the idle speculations and slanderous ruminations of the Democratic Party sleaze machine: for example, your report that a logistical/scheduling issue suggests that "Ryan's Medicare and Social Security proposals could be a problem for the Romney-Ryan ticket in Florida." Would this be the same proposal Paul Ryan discussed in his "60 Minutes" interview in which he unequivocally stated there would be no changes in Medicare for anyone over 55? Maybe your reporter didn't hear that part of the interview because CBS edited it out. This kind of trashcan journalism does not belong in your newspaper. It belongs on the scores of Soros-funded, hate-driven websites. You might also consider reporting the Obama lie that the Republicans refused to pass a drought relief bill when, in fact, a comprehensive agricultural bill was passed by the House some time ago, only to languish in the Senate. Obama emerged from the political gutter, and the Democratic Party wants the entire country to wallow in that same muck while it picks our pockets clean. It may not be long before the purveyors of political porn actually claim that Ryan caused the drought himself.
George Bush had Luciferian powers attributed to him by the left, and since the slanders against Mitt Romney do not appear to have satisfied the left's lust for personal destruction, it now appears Ryan is the designated satanic heir to Bush. That the Tribune would be complicit in this character assassination is surprising and disappointing. We already have one slanderous rag in Tampa Bay that long ago abandoned journalism for the game of partisan politics. Jeffrey P. Meyer Tampa 'Blueprint' for future Regarding "A serious candidate for a serious campaign" (Our Views, Aug. 13): A must read — another sensational editorial. Unless one has lived under a rock for the last three years, it's very obvious President Obama has done little to improve the economy, add jobs, control spending and resolve the health care issue, amongst a plethora of other pronouncements for change during both his campaign and time in office. If the citizenry of this country wants more of doing nothing, then re-electing the president is a must. Mitt Romney and his selection of Paul Ryan offer voters a clear distinction of where this country needs to go and how to get there. Your editorial staff espouses those differences clearly and succinctly and offers a blueprint for the future of the nation. John Osterweil Tampa Respect creatures Regarding "Golden State train wreck" (Other Views, Aug. 10): Columnist George Will may know what he's talking about when it comes to the financial issues involving the high-speed rail project in California. However, he lost any support I might have had for his position with his statement about California's environmental regulations, specifically, "Spare that endangered toad!" Unlike most Americans, Will apparently does not have much respect for the other creatures we share our lands with and the laws we have enacted to protect them. These laws apply to insects, birds, mammals and, yes, toads. Perhaps this toad is as important to its local habitats as the gopher tortoise is here in Florida, with their burrows providing habitat for hundreds of additional species. We can't simply overlook a toad just because it's not the most charismatic creature out there. And if the toad should not be "spared," then what is worthy of our protection? Eagles? Florida panthers? Manatees? This flippant attitude toward species we're supposed to be protecting has led to the probable demise of the Florida panther, Florida grasshopper sparrow and others. Yes, Mr. Will, we do want to spare that toad — and any other species that our actions have placed on the brink of extinction. Vivienne Handy Wimauma More Callahans needed I was saddened to hear the news of the death of journalist and TV anchor Barbara Callahan. In the 1980s I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by her when she headed up the popular TV entertainment show, "PM Magazine." This syndicated show was ahead of its time. Mrs. Callahan was a consummate professional in the broadcast journalism industry. She was straight forward, friendly and knew how to get the most out of those she interviewed. In an industry that is often filled with hype and titillation, she made TV fun to watch. What the TV business needs today is more Barbara Callahans in front of the camera. She will be missed. Mike Merino Tampa
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