Regarding “New school year, same old routine” (Steve Otto, Metro, Aug. 16): I felt a twinge of sadness as I read Otto’s column. I’ll miss the exciting first days of this school year as well. I retired from school nursing in April.
Thanks for helping me admit that I miss the teachers, students, parents and Alonso High School’s great administrators.
Thanks for hitting the mark again.
The charade is finally over by Major League Baseball. It never was about attendance for the Rays games. It was always about bilking the people of this area out of a new stadium. This explains why other teams, such as the Marlins, Orioles and others, don’t get bad-mouthed by national sports announcers, MLB and Bud Selig like the Rays do. Those teams got new stadiums. The fact that they don’t have the fans to fill the seats in those new stadiums matters not to Selig and MLB team owners.
Now, according to Selig, MLB has had enough of waiting around for Stu Sternberg to get a new stadium, so we now have threats that they will take matters into their own hands. Bud and his gang should have shown such resolve and indignation when it came to the use of banned substances by their players, which has turned their sport and all recent records set into a joke. No wonder the NFL surpassed MLB in popularity a long time ago — a fact seemingly lost on MLB.
Americans have been learning to live with the new economic reality in this country, which sports team owners have failed to notice. They also haven’t noticed that Americans are in a rather foul mood these days and are not interested in their tax dollars being used to make the wealthy even wealthier. I think it’s time that we pull these owners from their rarefied air and let them know that our new economic reality is theirs as well.
As much as I love the Rays, I am tired of threats by whining team owners and their commissioners. As for sports fans, support college sports. College sports are more exciting, and you’ll never have to listen to spoiled team owners threaten to move your school because you didn’t buy enough tickets or allow them to extort a new stadium out of you.
As a Floridian who grew up swimming in clean Florida lakes and springs, many of which are now highly polluted and unhealthy, I appreciate the strong endorsement by The Tampa Tribune of the Florida’s Water and Land Legacy amendment (“Back conservation amendment,” Our Views, Aug. 18). The Trib has demonstrated, once again, its commitment to conserving the natural resources of Florida.
By signing a petition, citizens can show their support for Florida’s parks, springs, trails and scenic byways, fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing. The League of Women Voters of Florida has endorsed this amendment and urges voters to download a petition at http://floridawaterlandlegacy.org.
Compassion for taxpayers
Regarding “The Bible’s case for immigration reform” (Views, Aug. 18):
Since writer Jim Wallis cannot sell amnesty and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens with facts, common sense and fairness to legal immigrants and taxpayers, he is trying to frame it as we must do it because he says the Bible makes a moral case for illegal alien immigration.
The United States has and is doing the Christian moral thing already: It has welcomed legal immigrants entering this country for centuries. Taxpayers have no problem with legal foreigners, but we are putting our foot down when it comes to illegal foreigners who break into this country uninvited. Wallis certainly would not welcome with open arms an uninvited foreigner who broke into his house just as the taxpayers refuse to welcome and legalize illegal foreigners who break into this country.
I and many other Christians take offense at Wallis’ twisting Biblical quotes to suit his political pandering agenda, and he should be ashamed of himself for doing so. Now that is what is really immoral. Wallis keeps purposely using the misnomer euphemistic term “undocumented immigrant” when the true and factual characterization is “illegal alien.” His purposeful and deceitful characterization of illegal aliens as “undocumented immigrants” is also immoral and not a Christian value.
Who does Wallis think is going to be compassionate and come to the aid of the legal taxpayers when the system collapses under the strain of too many illegal aliens? He leaves out the part of the Bible that says to obey the law of the land, which illegal aliens are not doing by coming here. Where is his compassion for the immigrants waiting in line and doing it the legal way?
We can stop illegal alien immigration and this political pandering nonsense by passing a fair and compassionate immigration law that if you are illegally here now or in the future, you can never have any path to legalization, to a green card or to citizenship.
Legal taxpayers have been showing Christian moral compassion to legal immigrants for decades. Now it is time to show the same Christian moral compassion to the overtaxed and overburdened taxpayers by not granting amnesty or a path to citizenship to people who broke into this country.
“The Bible’s case for immigration reform” engages in the kind of fuzzy thinking that is far too common in the immigration debate.
The writer tells us that it is a religious duty to welcome the estimated 11 million people who came here illegally, who consciously violated established immigration procedures. If it’s a religious duty to welcome them, logical thinking would bring one to the point of having to conclude that it would be a religious duty to throw open the border, abolish all immigration procedures and welcome another 11 million, or whatever number would choose to come.
Alas, logical thinking seems to be rare these days.
Richard W. Daw