Too much baggage
Elections are being formed, and I, for one, do not want to hear these four names uttered: Spitzer ( we paid for his prostitutes), Weiner ( just yuck), Clinton (she did not answer the phone - "Benghazi"), Bush (Jeb might be a nice guy, but I don't want to hear "Bush did it" for another four years.
Let's not repeat history. Have we not learned anything? Could we get this right? Could we just get someone who isn't looking for fame, greed and the limelight, or to party with Jay-Z and Beyonce?
Could we just get a normal, moral person who has lived paycheck to paycheck and had to balance a household budget? Someone who puts us before them?
These four names have too much baggage - they should be charged an excess baggage fee !
The immigration bill might be labeled the Rubio-Goldberg bill. First, the gargantuan, Obamacare size of this thing is the first red flag, and few people who have the power to vote on this bill have read it. Second, President Reagan passed an immigration bill in 1986, and from what I have read the federal government still has not enacted all the provisions! Third, the 9/11 attacks now place the border fence in a national security category because we are in a war where enemy combatants are attempting to enter our country in any way possible. Fourth, I think it is very rude to give an amnesty pass to certain politically correct people when there are thousands, if not millions, who have waited years to legally immigrate to this greatest country on Earth, the United States of America. And fifth, yes, the illegals will do the job many Americans will not do - go to the polls and vote Democrat.
Eliminate Postal Service
We viewed a TV ad stating that the U.S. Postal Service is fully funded by the sale of postage and shipping income and never received any taxpayer money. Yet every year we see that the USPS operated at billions of dollars in deficit that was covered by funds from the U.S. treasury.
Apparently, the Postal Service union must believe the U.S. treasury has income sources other than taxpayer money on unpaid loans for deficits or is not beyond lying in public advertisements. The Postal Service does not cover all expenses through postage. Every year, taxpayers must service this deficit. The deficit is never repaid to the treasury. This fact, more than anything else, demands that the USPS be eliminated and turned over to the private sector where entities such as Federal Express, UPS, Air Express and many other delivery services operate profitably and contribute to the stakeholders.
The desperation of the Postal Service union is evident in its ads and add a greater sense of urgency to place the Postal Service in the private sector, where it belongs in today's economy.
The ouster of President Morsi as the elected leader of Egypt was fortunate for the people of that country. The Muslim Brotherhood was almost successful in turning that country into an Islamic republic. That would have been great for the minority hard-line Islamists but a catastrophe for moderate Muslims and any different religious persuasion. Pakistan is an Islamic republic, and its legal system allows for the death penalty for defiling Muhammad. Also, if you defile the Quran you can be sentenced to life in prison, and a non-Muslim cannot testify against a Muslim in the court system. In Iran, if you are a Muslim and you decide to change your religion, it is called apostasy and is also punishable by death.
There are many other quirky laws in these Islamic republics. How can any sane person believe that Democracy is compatible with an Islamic republic?
TampaChange financial approach
Regarding "Transit, growth, dominate St. Petersburg candidates' debate" by Chris O'Donnell (July 8):
At a recent St. Petersburg City Council and mayoral candidate forum, Mayor Bill Foster criticized my city council campaign proposal to offer a long-term lease of The Pier to a private developer so it can build a great pier that will actually pay tax money to the city instead of taking tax subsidies from the citizens. Such a lease would require public access to all amenities and fishing, and would require that it is consistent with the architectural look and feel of the waterfront. It could offer new shops, restaurants, hotel rooms and perhaps sports activities like a driving range or batting cages.
The mayor inaccurately stated this would "give the publicly owned Pier to a private developer." This would not be a gift, but a lease that pays the city and helps the citizens avoid wasting more money on The Pier. The mayor may forget that he recently signed a lease with the private company HMA for Bayfront Medical Center on city land, supported the complete giveaway of city land to SRI several years ago (losing lease money in the process), and signed a contract with a private business to run the waterfront's Mahaffey and Baywalk. He forgets that we lease the publicly owned stadium and site to the Rays!
Let's change the financial approach on The Pier so we can finally find ways to cut taxes in St. Petersburg.
David McKalip, M.D.
The writer is a candidate for St. Petersburg City Council, District 4.