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Pyramid scheme

Amnesty: Remember the last one was supposed to be the last one? We are a nation with laws. These laws protect us and grant equality to all of us. It is non-enforcement of our laws that has allowed more than 12 million illegal aliens to steal a better life for them and their families.

We have many nationalities living here. We welcome all who wish to come here legally and would become a productive member of our society, but there are limits to everyone’s generosity. We don’t have enough jobs. We don’t have enough money for social entitlement programs. We don’t have enough energy, gas or water. So why are legal immigration quotas not lowered and those who have overstayed their visas deported?

The answer is quite simple: It’s our pyramid scheme of an economy — they “stimulate” it.

Criminals, illegal aliens and even governmental fraud all still pump money into our economy. That is the real reason why our politicians say they can’t enforce our laws and secure our borders, and grant amnesty every time the problem gets too big. Enforcement of our laws is the only thing our government hasn’t tried to solve these problems. Maybe it’s time to stop giving our politicians amnesty.

Craig R. McNees

Tampa

Lost business

Paula Dockery’s op-ed regarding Gov. Rick Scott’s mission to Japan did not “miss the boat” (Your Views, Nov. 19). Let’s set the record straight. The 2010 Census shows seven of Florida’s counties (Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Orange, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade) lie along the route for the proposed high-speed rail. Couple that with Florida ranking fourth in total population among the states, and it seems clear that ridership would justify building the rail project.

Consider also that the eight consortiums that went to Japan said they are willing to assume the risk for ridership, construction and operations. Scott refused even to meet with these major international firms.

Scott’s position is puzzling in view of his campaign promise to generate 700,000 new jobs. Indeed, Florida has lost business because our mass transit has lagged behind other states for years, even though we are a worldwide tourist mecca. Building the train will create short-term employment, and the enhanced transport will open up long-term job opportunities.

Gregory Lane Thomas

Lakeland

Remember this in 2014

Well, the Democrats have pulled another bait and switch with the Affordable Care Act, which is having loads of trouble getting its website working. This law was passed without one Republican vote and rammed through the Senate regardless. When small business owners get hit with the demands of the law, thousands of workers will lose their jobs. Business owners will just cease their ownership due to not being able to produce anything and make a profit. That is OK with the Democrats, though; they haven’t produced anything in the past decade to make jobs grow in this country. The war on poverty was a failure. After many years of Democratic policies, the poor just got poorer and now are in the same boat they started in.

Remember in the next election who pushed this boondoggle on the backs of the hard-working Americans and vote accordingly.

Charles Evans

Tampa

It wasn’t Herod’s

I thank Tampa Tribune staff writer Mike Salinero for his article Nov. 24 “Hooked on digging.” The article provided an opportunity to tell of my adventure doing archeology in Jerusalem last June and July, with the Dig Mount Zion project. I hope it inspires others to consider the opportunity to join in this or other archeology ventures, for personal satisfaction and to contribute to important scientific discoveries.

I do, however, want to correct two important errors in the captions to photographs one and three. The captions state the mansion was Herod’s and that it was built by Herod. Neither is accurate.

The mansion is very close to the location of Herod’s Jerusalem palace. Its occupants were his neighbors. Our current impression was that the mansion was owned by a very important and rich priestly family. We suspect Annas, or one of his sons, or maybe his famous son-in-law, Caiaphas, the one who condemned Jesus. These extended families were close neighbors of Herod, and as history shows, colluded with him. But there are no claims that this mansion was Herod’s or that it was built by Herod.

These two errors may seem to be somewhat trivial, but for scholars these errors should raise eyebrows. I hope this corrects the case.

John Merritt, MD

Tampa

Vets’ benefits in jeopardy

Within the past two weeks alone, President Obama has urged a new set of much higher Tricare enrollment fees as well as higher co-pays that military retirees will pay for their medical care. He projects this increased cost will provide “savings” of $906 million in 2014 and more than $9.3 billion by 2018. The reality is there is no savings here; Obama just wants to shift the expense to the retirees themselves, and this is his second attempt to do that this year. To add insult to injury, Obama’s secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, ordered the Defense Commissary Agency, responsible for military “grocery stores” across all of the uniformed services, to come up with a plan to close all stateside stores, a move that would “save” much of the $1.4 billion total to operate the stores worldwide. Translation: Obama seeks to scuttle another long-term benefit promised to the troops in return for their long service. Hagel already warned on Oct. 29 that troops will be asked to sacrifice in his comments calling for a “review of retiree benefits.” Who could ever fathom a United States commander-in-chief and his own defense chief proactively seeking to gut benefits to military veterans?

Fred W. Van Cleave

Brandon

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