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Letters to the editor: The need for more effort

More effort needed In response to "$33 per week" (Your Views, Sept. 8): The writer is the sole provider for a family of four and only works 40 hours per week, making $40 per day? I'm not sure where he is expecting the rosy picture of success to spring forth from, but it won't be in the driver's seat of a taxi cab in Tampa. I am a mother of three teenagers in a family of five. My husband and I both work, as teachers, 40-plus hours each week, and we both have part-time jobs. We pay for our own food, sometimes with not much money in the bank, and manage to take care of and provide for our three children without the aid of the federal or state governments. It hasn't always been so "easy" for us, though.
I had my first child at 19 and married a man heading for the military because he couldn't afford to pay for college otherwise. I went to school during the day, while he worked, and waited tables in the evening, while he took care of the kids. I earned my bachelor's degree while having three small children and working a part-time job. He then went to school and earned his bachelor's degree. I worked part-time, and he worked full-time so we could provide for the needs of our family. Never once did we think to place the burden of our needs on the rest of the state or country. While working part-time, I then began to pursue a master's degree while my husband worked full-time and an extra part-time job teaching music lessons. I earned that degree while working three separate jobs and taking care of my children and husband, and never once did we put any of our children in daycare. We both have worked hard, extremely hard, to be able to "make it" by today's standards, and we continue to work hard, and probably will have to until our own children are grown and on their own. If my husband was the sole provider for our family and only worked 40 hours per week at a job that averaged less than $5 per hour, we wouldn't only be on food stamps, we'd be destitute. Maybe it's time to put forth a bit more effort to come by the necessities of life. Jeanna Whiting Tampa Bucs don't exist Why bother putting out a Bucs football preview? A preview of what? When fans cannot watch the football game on TV, then there is no game for the vast majority. Blackouts are counter productive. Now, to me, the Bucs don't exist. I will not buy a T-shirt to support a team I cannot see. I will enjoy the Rays. Sorry for all the work you did writing about a team whose full schedule cannot be seen by would-be local supporters who are not allowed to be fans, especially the poor people. Go Rays! Andrew Walzer Valrico Out of reach The two primary sports venues in the Tampa area on a professional level appear to be Tropicana Field and Raymond James Stadium. They would appear to be out of the real reach of both senior citizens and middle-class citizens. One venue is too far removed from the real Tampa area to be practically and financially feasible, and the other is too expensive and too elderly unfriendly to be practical for senior citizens. Needless to say, the blackout of Bucs' home games does not do much to generate any kind of real fan interest. Dave Draine Land O' Lakes Shrinking fan base Kudos for those who decide to support their families instead of the Bucs. The blackouts hurt all who like football but can't afford tickets or are too physically handicapped to attend. If you have to "replace" the rent, food, clothes, etc., to purchase a Bucs ticket, don't buy the ticket. The owners, players and others involved are millionaires asking the public for support. If the Glazers wish to forgo the exposure of televised games by not buying the difference between 71 percent and 85 percent of the sale of non-premium seats, then they may have to deal with a shrinking fan base. John Mannone Tampa Vehicle breakdown Regarding "Kicking the tires" (Letter of the Day, Aug. 29): I appreciate Charley Harvey's desire to buy American automobiles, but in an age of globalization determining exactly what constitutes an American-made car is not simple. Should you consider the percentage of parts made in America, the origin of major components (engine/transmission), or where the vehicle is assembled? No American vehicle has 100 percent U.S.-made components. Some high-end U.S. brand vehicles feature percentages of 75 percent or above, but many popular U.S. models have 65 percent or less. Both the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are manufactured in the United States and contain 80 percent U.S. parts — more than many comparable models made by U.S. companies. Google "What Percentage of Your Car Was Made in America" for an interactive comparison of major makes. When shopping, all new cars must have a label showing where the car was assembled and the percentage of U.S./Canada parts. Mike Pheneger Tampa Misses columnists What has happened to my favorite columnists? Maureen Dowd made me laugh. Paul Krugman and Tom Friedman kept me informed on economics. Even Pat Buchanan had some interesting tales. Besides Kathleen Parker and Dave Barry, the rest are full of ultra-conservative balderdash. And what kind of joke was the recent publishing of the proposed Florida constitutional amendments? Only with a magnifying glass could they be read. Elaine Laso Tampa
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