Pay what you owe; DeSantis bends to the far right: Letters, September 4, 2022
Pension fund change folds right
The greatness of our country is based on the diversity of its population. The success of Florida Retirement System Investment Plan investments is due to various companies in which Florida has invested.
Governor DeSantis, however, apparently finds the diversity unsatisfying. He wants to only invest retirement funds in companies that match his thinking. Companies should no longer be trained in sentience or what he calls “awakened corporate ideological power”.
So he plans to withdraw Florida Retirement System funding from companies that address issues like climate change, human rights and racial injustice. This pension fund has paid billions of dollars in benefits to state workers and their families. Governor DeSantis kills the goose while pandering to his far-right base.
Jacqueline Dunkel, Melbourne
A Simple Lesson: Pay What You Owe
As for student loan debt forgiveness: $1.7 trillion is a gross abuse of funding for those who have racked up heavy debt while pursuing higher education. And now comes President Biden with an obvious ploy to get young voters to vote Democratic because they see him delivering them from their debt they haven’t paid.
One wonders: are these college grads buying cars they can’t afford, or can’t they afford repairs and maintenance?
The underlying problem is that lenders seem unable to limit the amount that students’ expected income can ever afford. I’ve known several college graduates who don’t work hard, may not be ambitious, and make little effort to pay off their accumulated debt. They are also those who did not take jobs for costs beyond college and who borrowed for pocket money.
I speak for my husband and myself, and many others will agree: we had to work at jobs to pay basic living expenses and worked during breaks and during the summer. There was no one in our generation to support free lifestyles that allowed the student to go into debt without consequence.
Perhaps the government should reduce borrowing costs by subsidizing college fees for those who will become teachers, doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters – the helping professionals that society sorely needs. Expenses that are worth it only for those who are actually working in their career/profession.
Ruth Mirza, Cocoa Beach
Hear what we want to hear
Thank you for your letter of August 31, Mr. Alford, and the list of topics you would like President Biden to address in a recent speech. Unless they had their head in the sand, they would have heard our president talk about most of these issues. I guess you chose not to listen.
Oh, and no one swears childishly like our former chief slanderer.
Brian Dean, Melbourne
Who knew I had so many names?
Until recently, I didn’t know what to call myself. Hillary Clinton said I was “deplorable”. Joe Biden said earlier this year that I was an “ultra MAGA”, and now he has identified me as a “semi-fascist”.
Wow. I haven’t had so many IDs since my military career.
Well, that’s probably not Biden’s fault — I think he’s being told what to say, especially now that Democrats are probably realizing they could lose the House and the Senate.
If they think calling the Republicans will win them favor with their party, they might be right.
But with the recipients being MAGA and semi-fascist Republicans who might not have participated in the midterm elections, who will likely double or triple in numbers to show Biden, his plan didn’t work.
Hopefully, when the Republicans take over the House and Senate, all of this inflationary spending will stop and the country will run professionally and responsibly again, keeping our country in check with Representatives and Senators at the helm.
We cannot continue to put our foot on interest rates and accelerate the accelerator pedals and at the same time not talk about inflation.
With gas prices on the rise again and grocery store prices preventing families from buying the necessary healthy foods they used to buy, it’s time for the MAGAS to take control and stop all this legislation that has brought us to our knees as a nation.
Bruce Mochwart, Melbourne
Reflections on the Porch of a “Grumpy Old Man”
I’ve finally reached those golden years, where I can sit in my rocking chair, on my porch, and yell, “Hey kids, get off my lawn.”
But today, like every day, there are no more children playing outside.
Unsupervised video games and thousand-dollar portable electronic babysitters have taken them all away.
A friend recommended that maybe one of the ambulance chasers on TV can find someone to sue me.
I fear that we are really losing our freedoms, as they are quickly being replaced by “free-idiots”.
Signed, a sarcastic, grumpy old man in training.
DJ Marks, Palm Bay