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Today's Letters: Bush hammers Crist on insurance
Letters to the Editor
Published September 24, 2007
Betting on disaster Sept. 9, Perspective story
The idea of spreading insurance risk makes sense and sounds very logical. It's even better to consider spreading that risk globally. I wrote my elected officials in Tallahassee, suggesting they read this article and start thinking outside the box of current insurance "fixes."
Rep. Peter Nehr and Sen. Mike Fasano replied that they would read the article, and Gov. Charlie Crist's office thanked me for writing. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they follow through.
This state needs help solving some of its major problems. I just got a notice that my homeowner's insurance would be going up $500 to a record of $5,000, so the insurance crisis is at the top of my list.
We need to tap the extraordinary brain trust out there (like Dr. John Seo) - people with expertise in areas of risk and finance who have neither a political power base nor an agenda to advance - to come up with a way for folks to insure their property and the state to prepare for future hurricane damage without going bankrupt. Thank you for making the effort to educate your readers.
Laura McGary, Palm Harbor
Beltway plan on table againSept. 19, story
Roads go nowhere
Once again, the old mantra of a "roadway as a solution to traffic problems" emerges. Remember Interstate 75 around Tampa? That was once the "bypass" to solve our traffic mess. Now this latest scheme is touted apparently to do the same. Do you see a pattern here?
This beltway's layout may give certain landowners a convenient chance to cash in, but that's all the "relief" anyone will see.
This beltway will not serve its purported purpose; it will only funnel traffic and more growth to eastern Hillsborough and dissect already disappearing wetlands and wildlife habitat.
We need a workable mass-transit system in Hillsborough County. This incessant road building is becoming sheer madness, and offers little relief to this commuter.
Ron Thuemler, Tampa
Mom sentenced to year in jail for role in bus fight Sept. 21, story
Justice is in doubt
How can one not think of the Jennifer Porter case when one reads about this one?
One year in jail. No one was injured. No real crime was committed. Yet Porter, who killed two kids, left the scene of an accident and destroyed evidence, never spent one night in jail.
Wow, and they call this justice?
Henry D. Reiss, Tampa
A dark side of Bryan lay buriedSept. 16
Sinking to prurience
Enough! You have more than adequately covered the newsworthy aspects of John Bryan's downfall. With this article, you stopped practicing journalism and began pandering to prurient interest.
More important, with each new day's coverage you steal an opportunity from Alicia Bryan and her children to further their recovery. Leave them alone.
Bill Moravec, Largo
Let me get this straight. Jeb Bush, who did next to nothing during his tenure in office as governor to curtail the dramatic increases in homeowner's insurance, has the audacity to criticize our current governor for his minor attempts to lower insurance costs. If this isn't the pot calling the kettle black, I don't know what is.
From 2004 to 2006, a time when Jeb Bush was in the governor's office, my homeowner's insurance increased by more than 400 percent, which made my monthly mortgage payment almost double. During this same time, the insurance companies posted record profits, despite the hurricanes and tropical storms that hit Florida and several other states.
Jeb needs to get real. Charlie Crist may not be making the greatest effort to solve our insurance crisis, but our former governor ignored the entire situation while he was in office.
Michael Cote, Hudson
I am astonished that Jeb Bush came out to hammer Gov. Charlie Crist on insurance issues with this logic: that the taxpayers would have to pick up the tab.
I have to wonder who he thinks are losing their homes to insurance premiums if not taxpayers. The banks require insurance to secure a mortgage; the state requires taxes. Is there really all that big a difference? I lose my home either way!
I have always wondered why Florida has the worst insurance problems of any state. Natural disasters, after all, are not limited to this state. There are fires, floods, tornadoes and even hurricanes in other states.
Maybe it's because when the person who was governor for eight years chooses to step up to the plate for his beloved Florida, he does so in front of a room full of insurance execs.