Taking care of our own first
The Sunday night CBS program 60 Minutes featured a story about a family who were homeless and living in a truck.
The family was too poor to afford a home of their own, and every night the father would look for a safe place to park the truck and they would spend the night there.
The family went to various gas stations and wherever else they could find toilet facilities to begin the day. Then the children would go off to school, like any other young school children. They weren't alone.
Many of their classmates were in the same predicament. Thinking about this, one has to wonder how America can afford to take care of other countries problems and yet ignore our own. Haiti comes to mind. I'm not advocating we ignore Haiti's problems, but we sure seem to give them priority over our own problems.
And what about the money we are spending to support a military presence in countries around the world such as Germany, Korea, etc. Surely we must take care of our own first. But this does not mean we should add to our own economic problems by increasing our deficit. We should be able to take care of our own by putting "Americans First." Surely our representatives in Congress can help the needy, or can they, without squabbling over petty politics.
Do the crime, do the time
Can anyone tell me why a person, who has made a career out of being a criminal, gets sentenced as though it was their first time rather than a habitual offender?
I have sat in Hernando County courtrooms as a spectator going on two years and I do not understand the judicial system here.
Taxpayers need to be aware of their tax dollars being used to put drug traffickers and repeat retail thieves back out on the street.
For instance, a woman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, petit retail theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and has only been out of prison here in Florida, for the third time in as little as eight years for drugs and yet again received three years drug probation.
Another person who had been out of prison since 2003 was found guilty of petit retail theft and received a year misdemeanor probation, loss of drivers license, shoplifters course, community service and court cost and fines of about $800. As with any state, if you give names you get less time, but it's the same names given over, so how is the state winning the war on drugs? How is this helping the taxpayers in this nation's depression?
New Port Richey
Lower impact fees equal jobs
Did Mr. O'Reilly stop and read what he wrote, "We don't need 144 single family apartments with zero impact fees, what we really need is jobs."
Just how do you think those 144 houses are going to get built, by snapping your fingers and magically they are going to appear? I don't care if they build 100 empty strip malls and a thousand empty houses. There are carpenters, electricians, masons, truck drivers and laborers who are going to be employed. There are your jobs.
It seems to me all you're worrying about is the effect it's going to have on your property values. What about some of us homeowners who also own vacant lots that didn't build investment houses because impact fees are so outrageous.
What does the county make — more money from a one-time impact fee or a home that pays property taxes every year?
Somebody pays taxes on those properties even if they're empty, so I don't see how the county is loosing money and sooner or later, somebody is going to buy those properties.
Smart growth is putting people to work whether it's in construction, supply or the businesses that cater to both.
James T. Woods
Buying an election
He's back. He is wading toward the banks of Republican territory.
Karl Rove promised as much. He has influence in Republican ranks. His strategies worked in getting candidates elected before. The Koch brothers follow him like puppies after their favorite caregivers. If money is not an obstacle, then ads that manipulate voters to say Democrats are deamoncrats do tend to influence the unsuspecting public.
Rove made it happen in earlier elections to win a majority in Congress and add to the Senate. He returned to allow his talents and skills to work the same strategies over and over again. He encourages ads to start early, and often in demonizing Democrats.
His focus now is on President Obama. To oppose President Obama, he is working with what he has — candidates who include former Gov. Mitt Romney, Speaker Newt Gingrich and even Texas Gov. Rick Perry, all of whom have some appeal in their own right within the ranks of Republicans.
We will find out in Tampa during the Republican National Convention where you might expect Rove to appear to win further adulation from his admirers. Rove bears watching though. He has all the cash he wants to buy elections as he did before in bringing President George W. Bush to office.
This time, however, Republicans may be their own worst enemy as the current crop of candidates and many in the Tea Party have been so mean-spirited that a great majority of voters find what they have been saying on open mike is not only mean-spirited but far from the basic values close to American sensibilities with respect to justice and liberty for all, along with an economy that needs to grow and debt management in a shared commitment between and among all classes, as well as business and corporate powers.
Enter the occupy movement. All bets are off now. 2012 could go down in the record books.