Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Buchanan had few answers in town hall

On March 18, Vern Buchanan finally held a town hall. The Van Wezel was packed and there were many who could not get in and had to listen on speakers outside the theater. Most of the questions came from constituents who were concerned about the direction of the current administration and wanted to get clear answers from Rep. Buchanan.

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Climate change is fact, Mr. Buchanan

Following the Town Hall meeting hosted by Congressman Vern Buchanan March 18, the congressman invited those not granted time to speak, to submit a letter to his office, a copy of which follows: Of eminent danger to Florida, our nation and our Mother Earth is climate change. Unfortunately the high command of your party “believes” that this disastrous event is either fake news, or liberal propaganda, or a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.

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DOT won’t heed farmers on SR64 roundabout plans

Thank you for giving some farmers their input on the dangers of this proposed roundabout for State Road 64 instead of a traffic signal. Unfortunately, it will not change any minds with management at the Department of Transportation. The DOT is what we call a bureaucracy. The dictionary defines that as a body of appointive government officials characterized by specialization of functions under fixed rules and a hierarchy of authority, but the real definition is an unwieldy administrative system deficient in initiative and flexibility.

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Traffic detour steers rude drivers into quiet neighborhood

I am writing as a resident of Palmetto Mobile Home Club. Our little community is across the street on Eighth Avenue in Palmetto where a Mexican restaurant was on fire March 16. Because of the emergency equipment that was required, it was necessary to close Eighth Avenue between 10th and 17th streets. This closure created an excess of traffic on our private roads where the speed limit is 15 mph (posted on every street).

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Schneider backs up challenge made to Rep. Buchanan

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, has repeatedly voted to turn Medicare into a “premium support payment,” aka “voucher,” system. When I pointed this out at his town hall meeting, Rep. Buchanan accused me by name of deliberately misstating his record. In this age of “fake news,” however, here is evidence supporting my statement.

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Proposed NIH budget cuts would hurt cancer patients

I was disappointed to learn that the president’s first budget proposal includes deep cuts to medical research. If approved by Congress, the cuts would represent 19 percent of the National Institutes of Health’s total budget and would likely result in a $1 billion cut to the National Cancer Institute. As a cancer survivor and advocate I am worried the reduction in NIH funding of $5.8 billion would represent a significant setback for millions of people like me.

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Legislature must act on solar policy

Last year, Florida voters spoke loud and clear at the ballot box about solar energy not once, but twice. By approving Amendment 4 and rejecting Amendment 1, Floridians demonstrated they want the right to choose solar energy to power their homes and businesses and freedom from burdensome taxes and penalties imposed by governments and monopoly power companies.

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Blame big Pharma for health care cost surge

In 2015, the national health expenditure for the U.S. grew by 5.8 percent to $3.2 trillion dollars and accounted for 17.8 percent of the U.S. gross national product. The expenditure breakdown by payer was federal government, 28.7 percent; households, 27.7 percent; private business, 19.9 percent; state and local governments, 17.1 percent; and other private revenues 6.6 percent (source CMS.gov).

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Regulate business noise stronger

For almost a year my neighborhood has been dealing with constant nuisance noise created when Manatee County permitted remodeling and allowed the rooftop installation of loud commercial exhaust equipment on a building which is located too close to an existing neighborhood.

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Why health costly? Fault big pharma

In 2015 national health expenditure for the U.S. grew by 5.8 percent to $3.2 trillion and accounted for 17.8 percent of the U.S. gross national product. The expenditure breakdown by payer was federal government, 28.7 percent; households 27.7 percent; private business, 19.9 percent; state and local governments, 17.1 percent; and other private revenues, 6.6 percent. (source CMS.gov)

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