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Sucking on a lemon

The Letter of the Day in the Nov. 1 Tribune (“Time for taxpayer revolt against incompetence”) says it all. The first thing it brought to my mind was the Ford Edsel that was to be the latest and best car out there. It was a good car, but the exterior design reminded everyone of someone sucking a lemon. I think that is where our “CEO” and our “I-didn’t-do-it” government officials have lost it. They remind us of someone sucking a lemon.

Incompetence, as explained in “The Peter Principle” (one is promoted one step above their competence, and therefore, bomb!), is the only description that can be applied to our CEO. He has no business experience or background and no military background, and there are a lot of questions about a lot of other things in his life. Liar, liar, pants on fire!

June Ambrose

Plant City

Political games

Regarding “Sen. Nelson pushes for fix of jobless claims website” (Business, Nov. 1): Is it only me, or can others see the irony in Sen. Bill Nelson asking for the federal government to assist and investigate a Florida state unemployment payment website? Apparently, The Tampa Tribune reporter did not, or at least did not want to mention it in his reporting.

I realize Nelson is a Democrat and our governor is a Republican, but how about him doing his job and look at why the Obama administration cannot get its health care website to work correctly after spending several years and tens of millions of dollars? Enough is enough with the political games.

Ken Minton


An American icon

The National Park Service is recommending that Congress create a new historic park to honor the late farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. Clearly, that is putting the horse before the cart. The Hispanic leader most deserving of accolades is the late Hector P. Garcia, a Corpus Christi, Texas, physician who in 1948 founded the American GI Forum to seek and obtain equal rights for American World War II veterans of Mexican ethnicity, and, as an extension, their families.

Garcia, an adviser to many presidents, represented the United States in several conferences. He served as a United Nations ambassador, was a recipient of hundreds of awards and was the leader of the civil rights movement of the 1940s and ’50s.

Though they earned more Medals of Honor than any other ethnicity, Hispanic veterans returning from the war were being denied care at VA hospitals and educational benefits. They and their families were denied entry into many eateries. Hispanics, especially in the Southwest, were relegated to “Mexican” jobs. Their sons and daughters attended Mexican-only schools and could only occupy the “Mexican” seats on the school buses. “No Negroes or Mexicans allowed” signs were prevalent, and an occasional “No Mexicans or Dogs Allowed” sign also was displayed.

Cesar Chavez, a late comer to the civil rights movement, certainly deserves praise, but not at the expense of Garcia, an American icon. Aside from a 9-foot bronze statue of Garcia displayed at the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Plaza at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and a post office, clinics, emergency center, a freeway, park and school named after him in Corpus Christi, Garcia, sadly, has become simply a footnote.

The documentary “Justice For My People: The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Story” and other information available on the Internet hopefully kindles enough interest so that he can be receive the justice he so richly deserves.

Frank Medrano

Plant City

Advice for Crist

It would be doubtful that I would vote for Charlie Crist under any circumstances. However, I do have a bit of advice for him. I suggest he have his accountants tally up all the political contributions he received as a Republican. If that money had not been spent as of the time he changed parties, it should be returned to the donors, if possible, or to a charity. That would be the honorable thing to do. So let’s see just what his true moral compass is at least, as his political compass flies around the map at the drop of a new opinion poll.

Maggie Beard


Mikey and Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act kind of reminds me of that old Life cereal commercial, when those cute little kids were afraid to eat the cereal so they decided to get Mikey to try it — because they said he’ll eat anything. That’s exactly what this administration is coaxing the American public to do — try it, because they believe we will swallow it and like it.

President Obama claimed, “If you like your (health care) plan, you can keep your plan.” Period. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Period. Those statements were made numerous times.

Now fast forward to 2013, and the wording has conveniently changed to if you like your health care plan, “you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”

Bill Clinton swore to the American public — on TV too — that he didn’t have sex with that woman, but he redefined the context as to what he considered sex.

This administration should be made to take its own medicine first, before they try it out on Mikey.

Ray brown


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