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‘Despicable act’

I can’t imagine that 90,000 illegal immigrant children will be dumped at our Texas border, and our reaction is to send 100 lawyers to try to locate and send them to their illegal immigrant relatives already in our country. What a despicable act by one of our NAFTA trading partners.

We should notify Mexico to stop this practice immediately, or we will immediately sever trade and financial relations and stop the flow of goods and funds between our nations. At the same time, we should tell them to immediately release our soldier they are incarcerating.

I thought shipping middle-class jobs to Mexico under NAFTA was supposed to benefit our relationship. Looking at actions like these and the present condition of Detroit, I think it is a complete failure for Americans.

Aside from the horror for these poor children, a nation without borders and with generous welfare benefits cannot exist.

George Fox

Apollo Beach

The writer is a retired Latin America distribution manager.

‘Tip of the iceberg’

Eric Cantor’s loss in the Virginia primary last week should be a wake-up call for Republicans. His millions of dollars against the few hundred thousand dollars of Dave Brat’s wasn’t enough to buy or keep his House majority leadership. Voters are fed up with the status quo, and this is just the tip of the iceberg, in my opinion.

We voters are looking for change. We are looking for candidates who will bring back what our forefathers believed in just a few hundred years ago. And that is listening to all of their constituents, not just the wealthy ones.

Wake up, Republicans! We are paying attention. If you don’t do the job that the majority of voters put you in office to do, you’re outta there. All we ask is to do your job for all of us. What is so difficult about that?

Gregory W. Davis

Tampa

Unprintable

In the Nation & World section June 14, Mitt Romney is quoted as saying: “Tragically, all we’ve fought for in Iraq, all that the 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing” (“Romney criticizes Obama over Iraq”).

He forgot to mention that in addition to the 4,500 lives lost, the enormous expense of thousands of crippled personnel who require endless treatment for their injuries — mental and physical — and the billions of dollars spent because of a fictional collection of weapons of mass destruction created by his fellow Republican, the aimless George W. Bush. The current administration was described as a “monumental bust.”

I have another way to describe the two wars created by Bush — one being longer than any other war (undeclared, by the way) fought by the U.S. services.

My description is unprintable, and I cannot imagine what Romney would have achieved had he been elected president.

Derek Blair

Tampa

PTC part of solution

I am writing in response to your editorial “Revamped HART would give transportation directions” (Our Views, May 31). There was a statement that inadvertently misrepresented my position regarding the relationship between the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission and HART. I would like to straighten this out for the record.

I made a motion at a recent meeting of the Hillsborough Transportation Leadership Policy Group to include the PTC as a partner in a proposal that would create a new transportation and economic initiative along the same lines as the Expressway Authority, FDOT, HART and any other possible partners that may be included in the future. It was never my intention that the PTC be folded into HART. In fact, my objective was to keep it as an independent, free-standing authority to be a part of a holistic approach to transportation needs.

Instead of eliminating the PTC, we should work toward integrating it into the new transportation plan. A new transit strategy will need to solve the issue of getting people to a transit stop (first mile) and how to get them from the transit stop to their destination (last mile).

The PTC will play an important role in helping solve the first-mile/last-mile problem and needs to be considered in the plan.

I hope this helps to clear up any misunderstanding on this matter.

Victor Crist

Tampa

The writer is a Hillsborough County commissioner who chairs the Public Transportation Commission.

Snoozer

And now a word about the World Cup:

Yawn.

When does football season start?

John Eldonberry

Valrico

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