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Taxpayers foot bill

Regarding “Wharton player’s recovery a miracle” (Front page, Nov. 21): Sean McNamee thanked his teachers and friends for their prayers during his miraculous recovery from a severe brain injury that occurred after striking his head on a paint machine on Wharton High’s football field.

The last two paragraphs of the inspiring article deal with the Yerrid Law firm being hired by the McNamee family. Who wins when the school system gets sued? It is certainly the taxpayers who pay the bill. Will this go before a jury in a year or two? A jury is likely to award a large sum to the McNamees, and these days less than a million is a slap in the face. Why in the world does this end up in court?

Tom Wilson


No progress

My wife and I are conservatives. We saw the inexperience, the socialist initiatives and charlatan characteristics in Obama and strongly believed that Mitt Romney would serve all Americans best. We did not vote for him, bore him no malice and accepted his victory and welcomed his dedication to bringing our country together racially.

But over the past five years, nothing could be further from the truth. Racial animus is at an all-time high, and during his tenure we have seen increased black unemployment, particularly in young folks. We had the president weigh in on the silly professor beer summit, Trayvon Martin and several knee-jerk gun control issues.

Yet we hear nothing from him about black-on-black gun violence and the horrible deaths in his hometown of Chicago and in other major cities.

Dan Roberts

Sun City Center

Radel should resign

Using cocaine is against the law, and U.S. Rep. Trey Radel of Fort Myers broke the law when he bought 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover police officer in Washington, D.C. Apologizing for his actions and professing to get treatment is all well and good. Nevertheless, Radel needs to resign.

Floridians as well as the rest of the nation deserve better representation. There should be zero tolerance for any legislators who are substance abusers and who are more concerned about their next drug deal than they are about doing the job which they were elected to do. We need legislators who can concentrate on the business at hand, and who are concerned with passing laws that will better the lives of Americans. Most importantly, we need legislators who are in control. Radel is not.

JoAnn Lee Frank


Cut government

I see the difficulty in finding common ground on the budget issues when, apparently, the Congressional Budget Office earlier had predicted savings of $113 billion when moving the Medicare-eligible age to 67 and now say that the savings would amount to only $1.9 billion over 10 years.

Good grief. It’s as if everyone at the CBO was absent the day they moved the decimal point. Based on the above, Nostradamus would have difficulty predicting any reasonable figure. No budget cut worth its salt will do any long-range good until we rewrite our cumbersome tax code and rein in our funding to foreign entities. I say entities because we are still doling out billions to figureheads and dictators. Getting rid of a few of the bloodsucking layers of government would save untold billions. Then, hopefully, we can provide a few luxuries to our poorest populations, such as food and housing.

Roger H. Oddson

Sun City Center

Quick to judge

Regarding “Change (gun) permit law” (Your Views, Nov. 22): This is another futile attempt to use sensationalism and fear to attack a law that saves lives. It is unfortunate that the letter writer would use information that is heresay at this point. The writer is quick to point out that George Zimmerman is unstable without knowing all the facts about his recent encounter with the law. Instead of diminishing a law that saves the lives of law-abiding citizens and attempting to further discredit a man that was found innocent in a court of law, the writer should spend time figuring out how to keep guns out of the hands of the likes of murderers like Dontae Morris.

Barbara Tigue

Land O’ Lakes

Filibuster hypocrisy

Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate changed the Senate’s rules so they can pass anything they want without having to worry about Republicans filibustering. Just a few years ago, then-Senator Obama spoke against doing what Reid just did. Obama’s 180-degree turn on this issue is perhaps most hypocritical when you see that he invoked the Founding Founders in defense of both positions. In 2005, he said getting rid of the filibuster “certainly is not what the patriots who founded this democracy had in mind.” But yesterday, he said using the filibuster is “not what our Founders envisioned.”

Andrew W. Schultz Sr.


Buyer beware

Regarding “The hidden agenda behind Obamacare’s bugs” (Other Views, Nov. 23): Thank you for printing the column by Michael Barone regarding Obamacare. The federal government is $17 trillion in debt. Would you purchase insurance from a company with this kind of money management record? Is this question too “price conscious”?

Cathy Starnes

Plant City

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