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Live and die by sword

I find it ironic that Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his indictment is politically motivated.

From the information available it seems that his crime was also politically motivated. It is widely believed that if you live by the sword, you die by the sword.

Sharon Jones

Dade City

Criminalizing veto threats

The obviously politically motivated indictment of Gov. Perry, which basically criminalizes veto threats, just shows why there is so much distrust, if not disgust, with government at all levels, and why there is increasing disregard and lack of respect for the rule of law and the courts in general.

Ernest Lane


We have to try

Too many people are injured or killed by cars crossing multi-lane highways. Why?

As a victim of being hit by a car, I can tell you even if you survive, the injury stays with you forever. The law should be that when there are more than two lanes of traffic, an overhead walkway will be built. Why do cars have priority over pedestrians?

With the distractions of the iPhones, it’s amazing that more people have not been injured or killed. Perhaps businesses could use the overhead space for advertising, thus helping offset the cost of construction.

Are the citizens going to just keep reading about this known danger, or are we going to at least try something?

Even the one-way driver driving the wrong way could be deterred.

On the exit ramp, install those parking lot spikes that prevent drivers sneaking into the lots illegally. Again, at least try!

Roger Robbins


Read it closely

State Rep. Janet Cruz has it wrong if she thinks the end goal of Vote No On 2 is to prevent patients from having access to the treatment they need, as she stated in her recent op-ed in the Tribune (“Linking rape, medical pot is offensive,” Other Views, Aug. 15). From my view, the end goal is to prevent the passage of a vaguely written amendment with numerous loopholes that if passed would become enshrined in the state constitution. The Tribune and others have clearly pointed this out.

As has been said, Amendment 2 is less about compassion and more about a back-door way to legalize marijuana in Florida.

Looking closely at the amendment, Cruz will see the numerous loopholes that should be closed. Then, an amendment can be brought forth that reflects compassion for those truly in need of the medical benefits of marijuana.

Bill Clark


Candidate reply

With its School Board endorsements, the Tribune strongly recommends the status-quo. Unfortunately, that status-quo has for years refused to hold the superintendent or her administration accountable for their actions.

The abuse, neglect and deaths of disabled children casts shame on this school district, agony for families and serious questions on the competence of senior staff. Untold millions are paid for legal defense and settlements. Millions are spent on a failed teacher evaluation system while our aged and decrepit bus fleet reaches the point of threatening student safety. We are under scrutiny for two current civil rights cases and potential non-compliance with another. Our teaching and support staff suffer the worst imaginable moral. Our children take a virtual barrage of standardized exams leaving little time for creative learning.

I bring both classroom and practical business experience to the table. I have witnessed the drug dens that double as restrooms in many of our schools. I have tutored the 17-year-old who cannot add without a calculator. I have also experienced the joy of watching a student jump from her desk shouting, “I get it now!” Education must improve for all students, not just the privileged few represented by the status quo. I will faithfully serve every student, parent and taxpayer of Hillsborough County.

Michael Weston


The writer is a candidate for Hillsborough County School Board, District 2.

An old solution

Your article “Not enough primary care doctors? Try Missouri’s prescription” (Other Views, Aug. 18) reminds of my early days as a physician in Puerto Rico. The cited prescription is not new. As far back as 1956 the Puerto Rico Department of Health had a very similar system in practice. I completed the National Board of Medical Examiners’ tests in 1963. At the time I had also finished my rotating internship at Wayne County General Hospital (Detroit area), as the now first year of residency was called. I returned to the island and had to work for the Health Department for a year before I qualified for my permanent physician’s license. Most of my PR School of Medicine colleagues stayed in the island and completed full residencies in government hospitals, which was another way of qualifying for the license.

Although I graduated with honors and ranked second in my class, I decided to follow a public health pathway and continued working for the government, first as professor of public health practice at my alma mater and later as assistant secretary of health.

Eventually, I came to Florida to work as public health unit director in Highlands and Hardee counties.

What was true of Puerto Rico was also true of Florida: not enough primary physicians. Fifty-eight years later, Missouri’s strategy is being considered as the solution.

Luis S. Miranda, M.D., MPH


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