Your opinions on Business news
By Times Staff
Published May 27, 2007
TIA takes free fall in satisfaction survey May 24
Tampa's airport does well where it matters the most
The idea that TIA can come in as a below-average airport is absurd. I agree that it has fallen behind the trend in terms of restaurants and stores, but I don't go to the airport to eat and shop. TIA excels in the areas that are most important to frequent travelers - convenience and accessibility. What other airport allows you to easily find a spot in long-term parking and then walk to the ticket counter in less than five minutes?
Throw in a short walk and tram ride to security and it takes less than 15 minutes to get from my car to the security line. I have flown in and out of TIA over 50 times in the last year.
I have never had to wait 18 minutes for my luggage once I arrive at baggage claim. Less than five minutes is the norm. In fact, one of the true joys of using the airport is ability to get home quickly after a long trip.
TIA gets a solid A in my book. If they find a way to speed up the security process, I would upgrade them to A+.
Scott Stolz, Tarpon Springs President, PCA
Luck of the draw for visas May 20
You'll find plenty of quality workers here in the States
How dare you help spread the lie that businesses can't find qualified employees for tech positions and must resort to the H-1B visa program, which should be abolished?
Why don't you ask the thousands of unemployed engineers over 40 in this country who were fired and replaced by foreign nationals? Why didn't you challenge the employers on this point? The outsourcing and H-1B visa programs are greed and treason dressed up in lies, and you have a responsibility to challenge business people. If they have problems finding properly trained employees here, why don't they team with community colleges to perform an outreach and get U.S. citizens up to speed, and/or stop practicing age discrimination?
Daphne Lawton, St. Petersburg
Poor jobs? Let's do the numbers, Working column May 20
What you leave out can make a difference
I thought you chose some very interesting numbers, but I would only like to question two:
$38, 796: Average pay (2005) of the jobs.
$52, 362: Average pay (2006) of the jobs.
Do these figures include the compensation packages of the executives? There aren't many minimum-wage executives. If they do include the executive pay, what would be the average pay numbers if you removed the executive category?
Take the $52, 362 figure. If 200 of the jobs were executives averaging $200, 000 a year, then the average pay of the remaining 1, 345 jobs (recruited to the Tampa Bay area) would be $29, 739.
There is precedence for including whatever you feel like including, or excluding. The federal government releases its economic indicators and routinely fails to include cost of energy in various indicators. As we know, that does make for a rosier report.
Jay Cooper, Riverview
Order online, pick up items at local Wal-Mart May 23
Local businesses can do it better, and cheaper
Wednesday's Talk of the Bay and Thursday's clarification are just the latest examples of business "news" stories effectively providing free advertising for national chains for programs that are actually more expensive and more restrictive than alternatives offered by locally owned independents.
Specifically, Tampa's Inkwood Books (www.inkwoodbooks.com) has never charged for shipping for books ordered online for pick-up in the bookstore, and books are available within two or three days as opposed to Wal-Mart's seven to 10-day availability with several categories of merchandise - including books - excluded. Likewise, the loyalty programs touted in a recent front page article touting Barnes & Nobles and Borders are more expensive, less inclusive and more of a hassle than the program we have offered for years with the same discount amount.
As a proud member of the Tampa Independent Business Alliance (www.tibatampa.org), I know this is true for many other local businesses in a variety of industries, from restaurants to pharmacies to salons and more.
I urge you to dig a little deeper to better serve our community, by including sidebars with comparisons to offers from businesses every time such (often misleading and incomplete) "news" stories cross your desks.
The locally owned businesses that support and enhance our community's culture and economy deserve such attention and fairness from our local media.
Carla Jimenez, Ruskin Co-owner, Inkwood Books
Owners need to be able to hire by choice, letter May 20
Save Our Homes is a dinosaur
I agree wholeheartedly with the letter on the housing and economic crisis written by Sara Normandeau of Oldsmar. She has hit it right on the head. The retail sales tax increase would be too easy and make much too much sense!
If you ask any tourist in Orlando how much tax they were paying for their vacation, I bet they would not know or care! The Save Our Homes is a dinosaur concept and should have been gone a long time ago. The only reason we can't accept the sales tax increase is because our local governments do not want to lose the tremendous cash flow they have enjoyed in the past.
Linda Cecil, Tierra Verde
Sky's the limit for those of us here
I enjoyed your article concerning the economy.
There are some people who have aspirations for the White House who have been trying to convince us that our country is "going to hell in a hand basket" economically. I do not see this. Despite being retired and on a fixed income, I see things as improving. This is still the strongest economy in the world and much opportunity is available to those who wish to take advantage of it. The sky is the limit here! Alas, as my oldest brother often says, these folks never let facts get in their way!
Thanks for the facts.
Curry J. Bassett Jr., Ocala
For sure, a No. 1 we don't want, column May 21
Insurance companies had to know
With so much mortgage fraud in Florida, it's difficult for me to believe the property insurance companies were not also involved in the illegal wheeling and dealing.
We all know it's the one key element at mortgage closings. How is it possible for thousands of property transactions to take place while the insurances companies are not aware of fraud being committed?
I doubt if you could find a business person with clean shorts in our nation these days. The American citizens who keeps up with the daily news would certainly agree with that statement.
Joseph M. Abad, West Tampa