Voice of the people: White’s stories always pertinent
White’s stories always pertinent
If you question the value of local newspapers, my answer is Gary White at The Ledger. He always has pertinent stories for us here in Lakeland and Polk County, stories you will get nowhere else. His piece today on debris collection from Hurricane Ian is a case in point [“Polk County: Debris collection from Hurricane Ian ahead of Irma pace,” Oct. 22]. We need to know information like this, when our storm debris will be picked up and how it works, to allay our fears that they have forgotten about us and keep the calls down. There are many more examples such as local government, Covid issues, and Parks and Rec events, always thoroughly researched and sometimes including his most excellent photography. I just want to tell you that I appreciate him!
Gary Eickmeier, Lakeland
Amendment 3 a false benefit
Amendment 3 to the Florida Constitution, which is on the ballot, is a poorly designed and worded “feel good” amendment. It would give full-time teachers, first responders, full-time nurses, etc., an extra homestead exemption on their property taxes.
The legislature put this on the ballot, but they did not include any state money to make up for the loss of revenue to the counties. So, county commissions will have to raise the millage rate to continue providing roads, trash collection and other local services at their current level.
Neither does it cover part-time workers in those fields nor school bus drivers, nor others exposed to shooters and other hazards. It would do nothing for people in those professions who are renters.
Instead of promoting this false benefit, why doesn’t the legislature bite the bullet and pay government workers something that approximates what they are worth to us? Please vote no on Amendment 3.
Nancy M. Simmons, Winter Haven
Vote for current state leaders to keep us free
Just a reminder to our new Florida residents who have moved here. If you didn’t like what occurred in your previous state with shutdowns and lack of protection from mobs or overly generous non-incarceration of criminals, please don’t bring those insane practices to our state.
Remember why you chose Florida. You liked what you saw. If you thought enough to move here, your vote to retain our current state leaders will help to keep us free.
Josie Womble, Lakeland
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