Letters to the Editor for Nov. 12, 2012
Published: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:59 p.m.
Why the county road tax really failed
The proposed road tax was rejected by the voters but not because road repairs are not needed or because county taxpayers are unwilling to fund goverment. It failed because the voters have lost faith in the ability of either the county or city to wisely handle road funds.
With the limited road money now available both the city and county have come up with lavish plans to redesign roadways when simple resurfacing was needed. Main Street has already been reduced from four lanes to two, and there are plans to do the same for Eighth Avenue and 16th Avenue.
Accordingly staff and commissioners are squandering precious road money on plans and urban redesign instead of road repairs. We need roads to move necessary traffic, and reducing lanes or lane widths simply slows traffic.
Voters want and expect wise stewardship.
Romney lost because he picked a loser veep
Many opinions have come from newspapers, radio and TV about why Romney came in second. My opinion is that he picked a vice-presidential candidate too young, too far to the right, and not a presidential possibility.
Romney thought this would ensure the votes of the tea party people. Instead, it assured a significant number of the non-party (or independent) voters who might have voted Republican to vote the other way.
What ever became of those “smoke-filed rooms” where candidates were chosen? If nothing else, those who argued there picked candidates to win.
If there were no other reason for his loss, Romney should think about his co-candidate choice, and smack his forehead.
Robert W. Bertcher,
Women were the big losers on Election Day
The women of the United States of America just lost in a big way.
Some women are under the illusion that they are able to choose life or death for another human being without paying a price for murdering an innocent life.
The fact that a woman can legally kill a person growing within her is the greatest travesty on earth. How can we claim to want world peace and shout “no more wars” when we are so willing to kill an innocent person within our very own bodies? Seems kind of hypocritical.
Let us not forget the words from Mother Teresa: “The unborn child is entitled to its right to life independently of its acceptance by its mother,” and “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”
A stunning 23 percent of African Americans, the highest figure in the nation, cannot vote due to laws on felon disenfranchisement in Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott (R) has made it harder for ex-felons to restore their eligibility, and in 2011 signed a law cutting early voting days nearly in half. The result has been chaos during early voting in places like Miami-Dade County, where people have waited in line for as many as eight hours.
Florida also has a photo ID law. Back to the same old lies and corruption.