Win with Marty
Many of us in Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman’s shoes might have said, “If you want me to head Team Canada in the Olympics, I will do so provided one player is on the team, and that’s Marty St. Louis, because we want to win.”
Just a shame
Regarding “Scouts endure after shift on gays” (front page, Jan. 8): I know it’s only journalism and therefore driven by deadlines, not depth. I respect that “trying to figure out what’s going on by watching current events is like trying to tell time by watching the second hand.” However, I find it amazing to find your staff reporting on this deeply contentious issue (legal and financial blackmail to reshape “morally straight” into the flavor of the day) while quoting a low-level, adult scouting volunteer:
“We ( a troop administratively remade as “morally straight” and gay?) tried our very best, but they (a church with the audacity to stand for a multi-millennial, theological definition of “morally straight”), but they just were hell-bent on proceeding down this path. It’s just a real shame.”
I do find great truth in the quote “It’s just a real shame.” Too bad your staff (reporter Keith Morelli) couldn’t find anything to report on the “morally straight” side of this policy shift. May I suggest he consider the prophet-messenger Isaiah, “Woe to those that call evil good, and good evil ...” The rest of Isaiah 5:20-21 is highly germane, but I realize this is journalism.
James T. Bryson
Hold people accountable
In response to “Defeatist ruminations” (Your Views, Jan. 8): I would like to mention to the writer that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled Obamacare constitutional; however, it is still flawed and has to be rewritten. The main problem is our politicians cramming this down the throats of the people without reading what it was. Then, the disastrous website that wasted millions of dollars because it was not 100 percent functional.
People have to be held accountable for this fiasco. This administration is not doing that, and again, it starts with the president. His lack of leadership is showing with the Obamacare boondoggle.
Where are the trees?
I am a community member in Wellswood in Tampa. I am retired and have allocated part of my time to try to improve our neighborhood by way of the city tree program. I have attempted to get trees planted on city easements for four years now. Not one tree with this communitywide program has been planted on the public rights of way. Only private, individual homeowners have been able to attain a tree for their yard. I would like to inform the public about the tree program offered by the city and try to explore why, for four years, we have not been chosen as a communitywide program. This department has some problems, and exposure to the public about the program and the inability to implement the tree planting should be reported.
Free campaign help
Florida Senate Bill 566 by Sen. Tom Lee proposes a change to the service-hour requirement for the Bright Futures Scholarships. This bill, if passed, would allow students who volunteer for political campaigns to count the hours toward required service hours. This is a wonderful idea for politicians — free campaign help. Instead of these kids working at a homeless shelter or Humane Society, they get to be free labor for the same politicians who are in favor of this change.
Further, how many kids of the mostly wealthy politicians will “earn” their taxpayer-funded scholarship working on the campaign of dad or his fellow legislators?
Politicians push self-serving legislation all the time. It is rare to see a bill that so overtly benefits these “public servants.” This proposed legislation is ridiculous and should be withdrawn immediately.
Dana B. Orr
Anthem about America
For all future sporting events, perhaps all team owners and coaches should be sent the following message I found from a Marine Corps colonel in Afghanistan:
“So with all of the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting event: Save the vocal gymnastics and physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten — straight up, no styling. Sing it with constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification. Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans, and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love. Not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They can see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage. Sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you.”