Quit throwing mud
There was a time not long ago that the U.S. voter could choose to elect the most competent candidate without having to be bombarded with character assassinations. Candidates campaigned based on their experience, ability, ethics, morals and character, and presented an honest platform on what they hoped to accomplish, and the plan to accomplish these goals. Political party did not matter.
Today they seem to prefer to sling crap about their opponent, which is a direct reflection on their personal morals, ethics and character. When the mud-slinging ads are being paid for by their party, please never lose sight of the fact that the dirt-slinging candidate can prevent his party’s muckraking. The candidate should be primarily judged by his treatment of his opponent. Remember the old adage that what Peter tells you about Paul tells more about Peter than about Paul.
Let us hope 2014 will be a year of positive campaigning absent name-calling and “mudraking.” I doubt it, though. No real agenda exists.
Is it safe anywhere?
Regarding “Why licensed people carry guns” (Letter of the Day, Jan. 25): I totally agree with Walt Repak about the recent column of Steve Otto in regard to carrying a concealed weapon into a theater. We are in this predicament because of people not being responsible by carrying guns anywhere they want to. As I write this, I just saw on the Internet that three people had been shot at a mall in Maryland. You cannot even go to a theater or a mall without the threat of some nutcase being there to shoot up your family.
You heard the 911 tapes of the calls to the Wesley Chapel theater.
What if the scenario had been like the idiot in Colorado who shot several people in a theater there?
We were very fortunate that it did not come to this.
This retired police officer was actually lucky that someone with a concealed weapon was not there to take him out. Remember, he had already shot two people.
Seven minutes is a lifetime when you have bullets flying around and no weapons to respond.
I am a Vietnam veteran and a concealed weapons person, and I have seen more bloodshed than I care to remember, but that does not make me a bad person, does it?
Formula for fewer jobs
It is axiomatic that the more a thing costs, the less affordable it becomes and the fewer of these things there will be.
If this were not true, we would all eat caviar, wear Rolex watches and live in mansions.
President Obama and a fair number of politicians want to raise the minimum wage.
This makes jobs cost more.
Obviously, they want fewer of them.
Politicians not owned
As I read Dick Powers’ letter “Payback? (Your Views, Jan. 28) about, of all people, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, I was appalled, to say the least.
Perhaps he believes that the arts community “owns” the city of Tampa and its politicians. That narrow-minded attitude certainly should not sit well with Tampa Bay area sports enthusiasts. Although there are benefits of both venues to the Tampa Bay area community, I don’t believe threatening their leaders is the answer!
Mayor Buckhorn and Commissioner Hagan have always performed their duties in the best interest of their constituents. To them both I say, go Rays!