Letters to the Editor for Jan. 14, 2013
Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:44 p.m.
I recently watched Gov. Christie badmouth Speaker Boehner about his slowness in getting New Jersey disaster relief money. No money should ever be spent by the federal government until the insurance companies pay their legally required payments.
Every middle and upper-class citizen has insurance on their homes, cars and other property.
They also have health insurance. Every municipality, county and state government has insurance on their cars, buildings, employees and public infrastructure.
These government institutions also carry insurance for unexpected costs, such as disasters. That is why President Bush didn't respond immediately to Katrina! After the insurance companies pay what is legally required of them, then the federal government should help.
Because you media people don't talk about this issue completely, I believe that federal bailout money really is bailing out the insurance companies. More than likely it is because the rich men, who make money off insurance, own your newspapers.
Michael W. Harris,
Cut foreign aid
It seems to me that the fix for our current financial situation can come from one, simple solution — cut off all foreign aid to every country we send money and supplies.
Use the money that would have gone overseas to Pakistan, Israel, Egypt and other countries and put it into our services like Social Security, Medicare and such.
If that doesn't fix us, continue to freeze overseas assistance until it does fix it. Freeze foreign aid, not American pay raises or services!
Full debate on guns
Odd to see the Sun's Business Bits section post the annual stats on Florida's concealed weapons' license holders — a 200 percent increase since 2003. Too bad you didn't include the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stats that show a 9 percent drop in number of Florida's police and sheriff's patrol officers, or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stats showing a 21 percent drop in total violent crimes — even though the state's population increased 11 percent since 2003.
The public deserves a debate based upon all facts, especially where its constitutionally protected freedoms exist. Prejudice against law-abiding firearms owners in the news media is shameful and must end. Law-enforcement officers and law-abiding citizens deserve support.
Voters often complain about negative and sometimes antagonistic campaigns In the November 2012 campaign for District 21, Andrew Morey ran an honest, issue-focused campaign that focused attention on strengthening our public schools, properly funding education and protecting our fragile environment. He ran his campaign the same way he lives his life — with a positive attitude focused on how he can make life better for his family, neighbors and community.
I have met Andy several times and can tell you that he is always polite, thoughtful and attentive to everyone's opinions and ideas. He listens and gives everyone his full attention. What a nice world it would be if candidates chose to focus on positive things they could do rather than attacking those who have different viewpoints. If Andy ever chooses to run for office again, he will certainly have my full support and I truly believe Andy Morey sets a wonderful example of how campaigns should be managed.
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