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Letters to the editor: Push back, voters

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Push back, voters

Reading the recent editorial by The Washington Post (“15 cents a gallon,” Other Views, Jan. 1), I was stunned by the nonchalance with which the Post proposed an 82 percent increase in the federal gasoline tax. Only someone breathing the trillion dollar here and trillion dollar there atmosphere of those rich environs could pose this increase without batting an eye, or the other measure of starting to impose taxes by miles driven instead of gallons purchased.

The only way you measure those miles is with more government intrusion. Plus, as basic economics shows, when something costs more, such as gasoline, the buyer will find a way to reduce costs — be it more fuel-efficient cars or eventually fewer miles driven. Learn to do with less and/or better manage what you have.

Perhaps, for instance, we could have better spent all the money I see wasted on unused sidewalks along U.S. 19 every day I travel it.

Push back, voters!.

Bill Gamlin

Spring Hill

Throwing stones

I would like to take issue with William Alexander’s letter “Fire Glazer family” (Other Views, Jan. 14) which states the “Glazers provide nothing to this area except grief.” Every Tuesday I attend the Downtown Tampa Rotary meeting held in the Glazer Children’s Museum, perhaps the most used museum in Tampa, and it’s so exciting to see the plethora of youngsters who use what the Glazers helped create. The little kids come by the dozens.

It’s so easy to throw stones. I hope Mr. Alexander doesn’t live in a glass house.

John Osterweil

Tampa

Local panhandling

Regarding “Selmon/I-4 connector a stimulus project that worked” (Our Views, Jan. 3): Although I agree that the Selmon/I-4 connector was a needed and necessary infrastructure project addressing known shortfalls in current transportation needs while supporting the future growth of the greater Tampa area, I have mixed feelings celebrating the use of federal stimulus money for the project to be “realized.”

This was a locally inspired project and should have easily been funded by creative means instead of the all-too-often panhanding to the feds by our elected officials. That is not being very creative in my mind, and is a cop-out as I would define it.

Moving ahead on projects such as this should be based on the merits of the projects and not precipitated on someone else (citizens of the USA) paying for it.

Not only did my taxpayer dollars and those of all U.S. citizens pay for a fourth of the cost, according to the author, now I (we) have to pay again to use it.

Am I going to get a 25 percent discount on the toll costs to use it? No way.

Yes, improving access to the Port of Tampa and the surrounding area benefits the USA and our global trade partners as a whole, which is an admirable national objective. But to celebrate the use of stimulus money as the key enabler to this fantastic engineering project is misdirected.

At least the right decisions were made regarding the high-speed rail.

Eric Follstad

Valrico

Matter of life and death

Regarding “Marines delay female fitness plan” (Jan. 3): Why are we even having this conversation?

Is it because the current progressive administration is obsessed with universal equality and fairness, no matter what? Or is it because some women’s advocacy groups want, like a lot of Americans today, special treatment because they think “it’s the right and moral thing to do”?

Regardless of who started the absurd notion that by changing physical standards for some people, we do not lower the standards for all, is not only wrong, but if followed will get both men and women needlessly killed.

America’s enemies don’t care about political correctness.

They don’t care whether women hold high rank in the armed forces.

They only will care about defeating whoever is facing them on the battlefield.

There will be no changes in the “standards” of armed combat. If you fail physically or mentally, you will pay the price.

I can only hope that someone of influence will be politically incorrect and stop this “change of standards” before it, literally, becomes a matter of life and death on some future battlefield.

Jerrold Cheesbro

Sun City Center

Reference inappropriate

Regarding the column by Martin Fennelly on Lovie Smith Jan. 2 (“Lovie will bring Bucs credibility, stability”):

I was really offended by the reference to “every bit the Christian.” If Smith were a Muslim, would he be “every bit the Muslim?”

These references to being “Christian” infer that one’s morals are superior in some way.

If Smith is a devoted religious man, well, OK, but these other references to Christianity and its relationship to being a good coach are not appropriate.

Eleanor Nannis

Tampa

‘Defeatist ruminations’

Thank you for publishing “Don’t succumb to defeatism about the Affordable Care Act” and immediately beneath it Thomas Sowell’s defeatist ruminations “A new year with old problems — namely Obamacare” (Other Views, Jan. 2).

The former laid out valuable information with cogent historical examples about the trials and tribulations of implementing major legislation.

The latter was little more than a presumptuous fellow proclaiming to know more about the Constitution than our Supreme Court justices, offering nothing to support that claim other than the statement that “our betters have now been empowered to run our lives” and the remainder, as we have heard so too many times before, that the sky is falling.

It’s not. Really. Just look up.

Henry Hower

Wesley chapel

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