Again, the fans who pay their hard-earned money to attend sporting events come up the loser. Just as the hockey season was entering the crucial period of the last two dozen games, the playoff push, the NHL shuts down for the Olympics. Put all that excitement on hold. What’s worse, some star players were injured during the competition.
Then Tampa Bay Lightning player Martin St. Louis, with absolutely no regard for the fine organization that pays him millions, puts himself ahead of ownership, management, his teammates and, above all else, the fans.
New Port Richey
I feel sorry for Paula Dockery, she of the rose-colored glasses (“Scott’s ‘State of State’ underwhelms despite low expectations,” Other Views, March 6). Paula looks to government to be inspired for bold ideas and hope. She wants big ideas and new programs, all of which leads to less freedom, more taxation and ... drum roll please, unintended consequences. We all are getting enough glossy false talk from our excellent speech reader in chief, President Obama, who was supposed to be a different kind of politician and is not. So along comes Gov. Rick Scott, who was a businessman and really not interested in Pollyanna speeches and rhetoric. He had a simpler view of the role of government coming in and has the same now.
According to Paula, Rick Scott has the audacity of continuing his goals of letting Floridians keep more of their own money and pay down government debt. How terrible and boring of him!
New Port Richey
Regarding “Ex-IRS official mum at hearing on targeting of tea party groups” (Nation/World, March 3): The first thing that came to my mind was the word “Ex.” Lois Lerner no longer has a job with the IRS. Why is that? President Obama has said there is no corruption within the IRS. If so, why was Lerner let go and why has she taken the Fifth Amendment on all questions both times she has appeared before the House Oversight Committee?
There can be no doubt that certain politically conservative groups were targeted. If there is a “dead end” result from these investigations, what prevents this from happening again? What prevents people within any government entity from deciding that certain questionable actions are OK and they can act with impunity because Congress doesn’t have the power to investigate if the Fifth Amendment is invoked?
Sun city Center
School board member April Griffin seems to be grandstanding by interfering with meetings when it is requested school board members not attend (“Griffin wants town halls on transportation issues,” Metro, March 6). Then her sidekick, school board member Susan Valdes, says she has had similar thoughts. Let’s be serious. They have been on the board for over 10 years and are just now claiming the problems have existed for a long time. Where were they earlier? Unfortunately, both seem to be traveling in the same direction and have similar goals for disrupting the administration from its everyday duties. Their distrust is a cancer to the progress of a very large school district. Issues are going to happen, and it is up to management to fix them without the vindictive comments that continue to be aired.
Harmony can exist without the constant back-stabbing. Teamwork is critical. Our children deserve that.
The March 2 editorial “A holistic approach to homelessness” prompts me to write that Volunteers of America of Florida, headquartered in downtown St. Petersburg, has been applying the principles you mention for years.
You’ll find they operate transitional housing for the homeless all over this state, from Tampa to Miami and Jacksonville to Clearwater, including job training and placement, drug counseling and simple daily living management help. VOA-FLA is the leader in operating transitional housing with excellent outcomes.
Although they focus on homeless veterans, their expertise is applicable.
State Sen. Jack Latvala and state Rep. Kathleen Peters may not know of this local expertise. When Hillsborough County got into its experiment of providing transitional housing, they didn’t access the expertise and experience of VOA-FLA, which has probably cost the taxpayers lots of money, as it’s always most efficient to use the experts.
Michael J. Zmistowski
Boost minimum pay
While the U.S. House busies itself passing the umpteenth repeal of Obamacare, real issues such as the well-being of its citizens get zero attention. If all American workers were able to live above the poverty level, and women were paid on a scale equal to men, everyone would benefit.
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would cut the need for public assistance to those workers who have full-time jobs yet still live below the poverty level. This would also cut the national debt. It would also put more money in circulation that would go to buy more goods and services, and that would create the need for additional jobs.
The opponents say it would hurt small business. No, and if a business felt this was a burden, the price increase they’d have to pass along to customers would be minimal.
And what about large companies? Believe me, this would not put Wal-Mart out of business.
Congress needs to work on programs that would benefit the American people, not just its special-interest friends.