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We should sacrifice airline carry-ons for the sake of safety

Letters to the Editor
Published August 13, 2006

To quote NPR, "Al-Qaida learns from its mistakes." But the airlines and the public don't seem to learn until they are forced to. How long did the airlines resist armoring their cockpit doors? Finally, 9/11 forced this to happen. Now this latest plot by terrorists shows that they are learning from their mistakes. Instead of smuggling bombs onto airliners, they are now attempting to smuggle the components on. What are they using? Why carry-ons, of course.

What should the airlines do to prevent this? How about what you wear on is what you carry on. Imagine how this would speed up the searches.

Am I willing to give up my carry-on to reduce my preflight search time? You bet I am. Am I willing to give up my carry-on to arrive safely? You bet. Will the airlines learn from this latest plot? Don't bet on it.

Paul D. Shoaps, Tampa

What Harris has wrought

Your Aug. 11 article on Katherine Harris' disgruntled staff and her increasingly bizarre behavior bring back horrid memories of her role in the 2000 election. The thought that such an unstable and frantic personality played such a major role in the election is painful for most of us. And considering the results - George W. Bush, the wrongful invasion of Iraq, the bungling of the occupation, the distraction from the real war on terror, and above all the deaths and wounds of our service personnel - makes it all the more terrible.

Steven Radice, Palm Harbor

Costco is a company to emulate

Re: Being good to workers is also good for the bottom line, Aug. 6.

Robyn Blumner's column should be required reading for Wal-Mart's high mucky-mucks as well as its customers. Costco is truly a company with a conscience. Average pay for nonmanagement workers at Costco is a realistic $17 per hour, while Wal-Mart's can be equated with "slave wages." Wal-Mart's workers, by the way, are usually courteous and helpful.

What have we spawned in this country, to have companies treat their workers badly and then have those companies rewarded with government help finding locations for their boxes, getting tax breaks, etc.?

If Costco can produce a better bottom line while offering decent pay and benefits, why not Wal-Mart?

Lilyan Dayton, New Port Richey

We should know what judges believe

Re: Judging the judges, editorial, Aug. 10.

I disagree totally with your premise that the public does not have a right to know judges' views on issues when we are to vote for them. I am not part of the Christian Coalition or any other organized group. I am a registered independent. I just believe that when judges are letting pedophiles and other criminals off with light sentences and trying to change the interpretation of the Constitution, we have a right to know what their ideologies are before we vote for them.

This is not pressure, but education.

Lawrence G. Flannagan Jr., Dunedin

When language crosses the line

Re: A good word for a bad word, Aug. 6.

The expression "it sucks" offends me, but so do other words, like "frigging." There are many words used today that have a different meaning than in years gone by when they were considered offensive.

As far as my "going with the flow" and speaking these words, I refuse to do so. I have the attitude "to each his or her own" when I hear such speech.

Ruth Fonseca, St. Petersburg

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