Insurance con job, public school for all, the rich pay a lot more taxes


With the insurance bill, no more “concealment”

A June 12 headline in the Herald-Tribune read: “Home insurance revised. ”

Governor Ron DeSantis said he wanted to do something to “ultimately give consumers more opportunities to have affordable policies … I think we were able to do it.”

DeSantis smiled broadly as he signed the bill, surrounded by happy Republican lawmakers, including State Senator Joe Gruters of Sarasota. The sponsor of the bill was Senator Jim Boyd, of Bradenton, who owns an insurance agency.

“It will bring costs down… it will take a year to 18 months for it to filter through the system and for the rates to start to really understand the impact of what we have been doing. “

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On June 14, I received my home insurance renewal for my modest North Port home, which I have never had a claim for in 13 years. It has increased by $ 400, with that amount due as a first installment by August 12.

It hurts to retire.

A recent guest editorial for the Palm Beach Post was titled “The DeSantis Culture of Cover-Up.” The cover-up and cultivation of power and money corruption in Tallahassee has cost me dearly!

Why do people keep voting for these smiling crooks?

Richard Lindner, North Port

Public schools can serve all students

The controversy over critical race theory is a red herring and a symbol of a greater conundrum. What is the role of public education in this complicated society in which we live?

For a variety of reasons, many of the responsibilities once assumed by families and society have been handed over to public schools. The composition of the student body and the demands placed on school systems have grown exponentially.

Every child, from the genius to the intellectually disabled, from the superb athlete to the physically disabled, deserves an appropriate education. The framework to meet these demands is already in place in a public school model.

As public schools struggle to meet these demands, we are seeing an increase in alternative models. I think this approach is the wrong answer to the right question. Given adequate resources, the public school system is designed to integrate all students, while these alternative solutions serve only a few and drain the resources of public schools.

No system is perfect. Some parents will not feel comfortable regardless of the configuration of the public school system. This is the place where other options are appropriate and have always been available.

Rhana Bazzini, Sarasota

The rich are already paying the lion’s share of taxes

Catherine Rampell’s Washington Post column, “Here’s How to Get the Rich to Pay Their Taxes,” suggested ways to get the ultra-rich to pay more federal income tax because some didn’t. that little or not in some years, although legally (June 15).

This is not the bomb that the writer claims.

Just as many taxpayers use mortgage financing to get tax-free money using their home as loan collateral, so do the ultra-rich.

using their shares in companies as collateral. Many do not earn income and pay taxes on them like wage earners, but extrapolating this into a general condemnation that the rich do not pay their “fair share” is not justified.

Tax statistics show that the richest 1% of tax filers paid 40% of federal income tax very disproportionately and the richest 10% paid 70%, more than double the 30% paid. by the poorest 90% of taxfilers.

The rich were therefore paying not only their “fair share,” but the lion’s share, for federal budget items such as defense, government employees and programs, and interest on the debt.

Extracting more of the taxpayers’ money would increase the share of tax they pay even more.

Perhaps they should be thanked more, not taxed more.

John A. Lanzetta, Sarasota

White privilege: a teaching moment

Regarding the decision of school board member Bridget Ziegler to withdraw her child from public school after asking questions about “white privilege”:

What a moment of missed teaching from mother to child. This child deserved an honest response from a parent who could have relayed family values ​​regarding their belief in equal rights and opportunities, and examples from their wide range of friends from color and origin minorities. ethnic.

This child could have returned to public school with the confidence to speak out about the injustice of white privilege.

Diana Gale, Sarasota

Glad to be missing from the obituary

Thank you for the welcome addition, although sadly admittedly, of a summary box of the “Obituaries and obituaries of the day” in the newspaper. It has become my daily reading.

Once I see that my name is missing, I move on, reassured. And my fervent hope is that this practice will continue for many years to come.

Craig Harris, Sarasota

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