No reason for Manatee to support Mote's scheme
That Mote Marine is trying to settle taxpayers' money out of Manatee County, with the temptation to serve Manatee families and hire "Manatee County companies" for a cursed project that is not even located in Manatee, is worrisome ("Mote claims $ 15 million Manatee County Dollars for New Money) Aquarium, 12 March.
The program to move the aquarium from its perfect location on an island on Sarasota Bay to a location off Interstate 75 should set red flags.
Who wins by such an illogical train? The Mote public relations officials seem to believe that the Manatee Commissioners, while supporting the rowing program at the Sarasota I-75 site with $ 600,000, can win them for $ 15 million for this project, although neither is located in the county of their taxpayers.
As we became Mote members in the last millennium, we proudly enjoyed the benefits. Each visit allowed up to six guests to attend our party. We were allowed to attend free lectures and hear from scientists.
Now they are giving talks, and instead of bringing friends and family to see what's in the aquarium, we can only bring two guests a year.
How committed is Mote flood research when the main polluter donates Mosaic? Mote's mission is not what it was.
Jean Kathleen Ranallo, Englewood
Universal health care, capitalism can coexist
Many Republicans' attempt to tie general health care to "socialism" is pure claptrap. They would make us believe that the success of the US capitalist system can only succeed if tens of millions of Americans are forced to live without health insurance. It is the nonexistent boogeyman used to frighten voters.
Israel is generally insured by a mixed system of public and private insurance. Australia too. Are they evil and fail socialist governments? How about Germany, Japan or Canada? Do you fail socialists? How about every other highly developed country in the world?
Equating the availability of a system of universal health care for the destruction of capitalism is simply a selfish appeal to ignorance.
When Trump got into the election campaign, he said, "I was the first and only potential GOP candidate to announce that there will be no cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. … We will have insurance for everyone. "
Unfortunately, extremist Republicans have decided for America to use the health insurance issue as a political weapon of fear instead of working with the creativity of capitalism to solve the problem.
Vergil Pope, Parrish
Focus on infrastructure, environment and future
It does not matter if you're a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent. We all breathe the same air and drink the same water. These are the two basic features without which we can not live.
As we are constantly distracted by news of the southern border, trade disputes, North Korea, Russia, etc., we are losing precious time to focus on the future of our nation.
The two topics that merge into one and can drive our nation forward are infrastructure and the environment. These two form an almost perfect Venn diagram of commonality.
If our nation wants to maintain our leadership in the world, we must have a vision of the 21st century. This means we need to rebuild our destroyed infrastructure, with the health of the environment as the foundation for the future. The symbiosis of these two themes will improve our economy while safeguarding the future of our nation.
Ron Feinsod, Venice
Fathers earn a voice before and after birth
A couple is engaged in consensual sex. She gets pregnant. She may decide to keep the baby or break off. He has nothing to say.
But when she carries the baby to the birth, he is responsible for the support. She has all power; He has all the responsibility. If she chooses to abort, he has no options. If she decides to adopt, he will be consulted. What a damned system.
We talk a lot about family values, but we exclude paternity in many ways. A child has two parents. These parents should have the same place at the parents table. If not, say that fathers are nothing but sperm donors and checkbooks. They are so much more. It is time to recognize this fact.
Merideth White, Englewood
Buchanan's daylight bill would boost the economy
I welcome US Representative Vern Buchanan for introducing a bill to make summertime permanent. This bill has many benefits for the Florida economy.
More sunshine may increase your purchases and promote physical fitness. Longer hours of daylight would also save energy, improve road and public safety and reduce crime.
Since tourism is Florida's most important source of income, it is encouraging that Buchanan works for the Florida economy.
Trevor Aabel, Manatee County