It would be useful to print a protocol for clearing potentially contaminated home waterlines.
I read with interest Mike Salinero's article "Miller defends $13K paid to wife" (front page, Feb. 22) and just don't understand why folks we elect to office have the lack of common sense to think that employing one's wife as their campaign manager will not bring scrutiny. It just slays the imagination that Les Miller, of all people, could use such poor judgment. Give me a break — $13,186, half of the monies he raised, goes to his wife. Can't we find citizens to run for office who at least have common sense?
The real deal
I can't quite comprehend the fuss about Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller paying his wife, Gwen, $13,186 for services rendered as his campaign treasurer for his uncontested re-election campaigns. It isn't as if he could just legally keep the campaign money for himself. This money had been donated by individuals and businesses, none of which was given to curry his favor. He had to do something with the money. After all, he did give at least $10,000 to churches and foundations, which I'm sure operate in his district. These are the actions of a thoughtful and prudent man. When Miller challenged Kevin White in 2009 for the District 3 seat, he said that Hillsborough residents needed "effective and honorable leadership they can trust." Miller is the real deal on political promises.
Uncle Sam and Uncle Rick
Gov. Rick Scott has now decided to agree to the Medicaid expansion part of Obamacare. He says he will only continue with it as long as the federal government will continue to reimburse 90 percent to 100 percent of the extra expenses. I'm sure many people view this as reasonable and practical. So maybe it's time to remind everyone that it doesn't matter if the money appears to come from Uncle Sam or Uncle Rick. Ultimately, it all comes from our pockets, along with our children's and grandchildren's.