How far?

Your editorial of Aug. 15 stated that a poll by research firm Ispos found that 43 percent of Republicans want to let Donald Trump “shut down news outlets.” Do they also want to change his title to der Fuehrer? Or maybe better, Il Duce, Mussolini, after a similar clownish wannabe dictator?

I’m trying to be funny, but I’m scared. How far is it from kidnapping immigrant children to gas chambers?

John B Mooney


A right

Columnist Marty Moore writes that America's core values are such that Trump supporters should be denied any platform for their opinions. Isn't what he espouses already happening?

Most newspapers and other media are left leaning and 90-plus percent negative to this president. Without this president’s tweeting and Fox News and the Drudge Report, we Trumpsters would never be able to revel in his record successes. That is, unless we attended one of his packed rallies.

I get the feeling we don't deserve to live in Marty's intolerant America. Then, of course, we had a former two-time presidential wannabe who gave an okey dokey to an 11-year-old who took a knee during the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Hillary Clinton said this child was brave. Some might label these people the hate America crowd.

Many may agree with Mrs. Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said America was never that great. Either way, in America we all have the right to be heard.

Janet O'Hara

New Port Richey

Think first

In reply to the letter criticizing frequent travel by President Trump, did Barack Obama never leave the White House? Did he never use Air Force One? Did he never use the security detail assigned to him when he traveled? Did not Clinton, Carter or Kennedy or any of the other presidents? Of course.

My advice to the Democratic mob, in their hatred for Trump — I don't like him either — is think before you pick up a pen.

Marti McCleary


Big impact

When you vote Nov. 6, you will see a referendum to increase the homestead exemption by an additional $25,000. As a homeowner, this can certainly look like an appealing option. Unfortunately, the down side to the potential increase in the property tax exemption is a significant loss of income to your local government: Counties, cities, and special taxing districts such as the East Lake Fire District.

The East Lake Fire District relies on property tax income for most of our operating funds. The proposed increase to the homestead exemption would result in a loss of about 2.5 percent of that income, or about $265,000. Losses at the county level are as significant: Emergency Medical Services funding would drop by over 4 percent, or over $2.5 million. Library funding will drop by nearly 2.5 percent, with the East Lake Library alone losing over $45,000 in funding. East Lake Recreation also stands to lose over $45,000.

This impact will be felt throughout the state, resulting in local governments making the difficult decision to reduce services to their residents or increase taxes on a local level to offset the loss if there is no room for services to be cut.

Many local governments have still not fully recovered from the Great Recession. It is important that you understand the impact this proposal will have on your local government services. With that in mind, we urge everyone to vote in November.

Tom Jamison

East Lake

The writer is chief of the East Lake Fire District.