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Monday, Sep 22, 2014
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Letters to the editor: Padilla defended

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Padilla defended

Regarding the recent article “Moonlighting director:”

I have known Cesar Padilla for more than five years and have absolutely no doubt regarding his integrity, honesty and his moral compass.

What’s wrong with a man working?

In an era when our society rewards people for not working, we should applaud a guy who works more than he has to. I, for one, have no issues with a guy working to make a few extra bucks to support his family and improve his financial outlook.

As for his boss at the Public Transportation Commission, Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist, a career politician, I think it’s time he should work in the private sector for once.

For my part, I’ll try to make that happen by voting for anybody but him when he next runs for office.

Robert Weaver

Tampa

Bin Laden’s triumph

Homeland Security, birthed by 9/11, has metastasized into dozens, if not hundreds, of agencies and sub-agencies, each with laws, rules and regulations invading our lives, papers, persons and curtailing the freedoms of Americans everywhere, spreading paranoia and suspicion across the nation.

We are treated daily to new revelations of government intrusion into our lives along with billions of tax dollars spent making Internet storage sites, special police units and novel ways to grope us in airports.

Homeland Security and its expensive, unconstitutional, toxic offspring overshadow the loss of the World Trade Center and 3,000 lives.

We have created for ourselves what is assuredly Osama bin Laden’s greatest triumph.

John Cooley

Zephyrhills

Cell mates

Didn’t we used to hang traitors? Oh yeah, I forgot — that was when we were at war.

I guess we’re not at war now?

Private Bradley Manning, who betrayed our country and caused God only knows what damage to our country, was sentenced to 35 years in prison with the possibility of release in eight. Unbelievable!

Manning makes Benedict Arnold look like a Boy Scout.

Now Manning has stated he wants to live like a woman and is asking for hormone shots to reach this end.

Please, don’t tell me my tax dollars are going to pay for this.

And sitting in prison down in Fort Hood we have another traitor, Maj. Nidal Hasan, who murdered 13 American soldiers and wounded dozens of others.

Nadal is awaiting sentencing.

I have a great idea. How about giving Manning those hormone shots and letting him and Hasan share a cell?

Ron Dakin

Spring Hill

Health insurance help

On your website’s “Healthcare Exchange Q&A,” there are many questions being posted by readers regarding the health care reform law’s requirements and how to best navigate the exchanges.

Local residents with questions or concerns already have access to a highly trained group of professionals available to ease the public’s transition into the exchanges — licensed health insurance agents.

They’ve been fulfilling the coverage needs of consumers for decades — and are ready to do the same this fall.

Consumers already count on agents to educate them about coverage options.

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 92 percent of agents spend some or most of their time explaining benefits to consumers.

Small businesses also rely on agents for guidance.

Nearly three-quarters of small businesses trust agents the most when they need answers regarding the health care law, according to a recent survey from eHealth.

Nicole Rish

Tampa Bay Association of Health Underwriters

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