Losing our country
It appears that the Obama administration is constantly intimidating and threatening the American people in order to get its way. We the people should start shouting loud and clear that we don’t want their costly programs. We want to close our borders and stop supporting terrorist factions in the world with money and arms.
We need to recall the entire Congress. They are not doing their jobs. Any law they pass should be applied to all Americans. If they are good enough for the people they should be good enough for Congress and the president.
It is not the Republicans who are fault over this government shutdown; it is the entire government — both Democrats and Republicans, and the president. They equally share in this mess. They should be passing legislation that the people want, not the puppet masters and lobbyists who pull the strings of the politicians.
We are losing our country more each day.
Who does President Obama think he is? The closing of our memorials is a slap in the nation’s face. Those creations are the property of the citizenry and as such not subject to the whim of the triumvirate’s (Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid) every whim, and certainly not to be used as pawns in a fight for power.
The ultimate insult of all is the lockdown of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
If he wants to conserve money, why doesn’t he send all of the White House staff home?
William A. Cox
Mass transit progress
Regarding “Building the region into an economic juggernaut” (Views, Oct. 6):
Yes! Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe is still promoting enhanced mass transit in order to stay competitive. We really have no choice. It is refreshing, though, that Sharpe is telling us of more options than just urban rail. Sharpe said that to start our foray into cross-bay mass transit we should begin with rapid transit buses and, most interestingly, he noted that Tampa International Airport is leading the way with a “people mover,” which is elevated rail, much safer and in step with true cutting-edge systems nationally. The people mover should be extended to cross the bay.
Elevated/monorail bridges are much less costly to build than traditional urban rail, so there is a major economic incentive. Busch Gardens, the Rays, the Lightning, the Bucs, TIA, Gateway district, downtowns Tampa and St. Pete and USF could be the cornerstone of the private sector contribution to a public elevated rail system.
Last but not least, we need to install a public ferry from Tampa to St. Pete. There are 1.4 million annual ferry riders on San Francisco Bay, and the baseball Giants now have a ferry route to get fans to the waterfront stadium without a car. Are you listening, Tampa Bay Rays? You could lead the way!
A better plan
Regarding “Would you kill Medicare, Social Security?” (Letter of the Day, Oct. 6): Yes, I would give up SS and Medicare. The Galveston retirement plan adopted by Galveston County in Texas in the early 1980s doubles Social Security, and any overage goes to the person’s estate. And the government does not get their hands on it, among other benefits. Maybe folks should check it out.
Medicare was never designed to morph into a Medicaid program. And consider how both programs will torpedo future generations’ financial lives if they are wrong-headed.
Joseph O. Paoletti
Setting record straight
Regarding “Would you kill Medicare, Social Security?”: I had my curiosity piqued by Mr. Donaldson’s letter. I was amazed by his assumption that the Republicans were out to kill the Social Security Act of 1935, again in 1939 and once more in 1950. So, with a little research on the Congressional Research Service website, I found the following:
On April 19, 1935, the House passed the Social Security bill by a vote of 372 (77-R, 288-D, 7-I) to 33 (18-R, 13-D, 2-I).
On June 10, 1939, the House passed H.R. 6635 by a vote of 364 (142-R, 222-D) to 2 (2-R).
H.R. 6000 was passed in the House by a vote of 333 (R-130, D-202, 1-I) to 14 (R-12, D-2). And the Senate passed H.R. 6000 on June 20 by a vote of 81 (35-R, 47-D) to 2 (2-R).
I will give Donaldson congratulations on the fact that all 10 Republicans who sat on the Way and Means Committee did, in fact, oppose the disability insurance part of H.R. 6000.
Grateful for Otto
We continue to be grateful that Steve Otto is part of The Tampa Tribune. His article in the Oct. 6 edition, “Diversity Advisory Council?,” continues to remind everyone of his veracity and commitment and his adroit journalistic abilities. For us he makes the Tribune come alive.
James and Patricia Holmes
Too much whining
I’m tired of baseball players whining about other players. So a batter stares at his home run, then runs the bases slowly (maybe he’s just not a speedster). So one tosses his bat nonchalantly after hitting one. So a pitcher pumps his arm after a big strikeout. Big deal! You guys jump around like Little Leaguers after winning a game, wipe faces with pies and pour Gatorade all over teammates. You get millions of dollars to play a kids’ game. Grow up. You get paid to hit, pitch and field. Just do it!