I have been following the news regarding former Tampa Mayor Pam Mayor Iorio's swift actions to clean up a floundering Children's Board of Hillsborough County. She needs to be commended for making quick, difficult decisions to save an organization and the contributions it makes, and to save the jobs of the remaining staff, plus rebuilding employee morale.
It must be difficult to go into an organization and fire a few for the good of the rest of the staff and the organization itself, but it had to be done.
This story sounds strangely familiar to another story that has been in the news. Seems that a company named Bain Capital employed a fellow named Mitt Romney, whose job was to go in and save companies in a similar fashion. The media and political operatives have crucified Romney for doing the same thing that Iorio is doing. But it had to be done, and we have all heard the success stories due to Romney's actions.
Iorio better be careful, or she is likely to be mistaken for — gasp! — a conservative, capitalist Republican.
When will Republicans ever understand that they cannot legislate women's bodies? Outlawing abortion in their platform is an absurd statement from the party that claims to want less government intrusion. They need to get busy with truly important matters. Women have had enough of this garbage.
Helping the community
Regarding "Bucs battle with sports authority over $11.6 million" (front page, Aug. 23): I would just like to say that I feel the Glazer family, the owner of the Bucs, should be happy to let the city of Tampa use the $11.6 million to cover budget shortfalls since it is not coming out of their pockets. When the city where the franchise is located is in need, it is the right thing to do. I also would like to thank Jeff and Penny Vinik (Tampa Bay Lightning), who will donate $10 million over the next five years to community heroes and charity partners. It shows what a class act they are. Not to mention the $40 million that went into arena upgrades that did not cost taxpayers a dime.