STOP PLAYING GAMES
Democrats care far more about political games than doing their job and keeping the government running.
I can’t wait to vote in the midterms against any candidate who is a Democrat.
Bruce B. Bradberry, Jacksonville
SOME “JOBS” PRESIDENT
Donald Trump just imposed a 30 percent tariff on solar panels made in China.
This is good for U.S. manufacturers who cannot compete.
But not so good for the rest of us.
The main result of this nearsighted move by the “knee-jerk” president is to completely stop the purchase of solar panels.
This will cost thousands of jobs for the people who install solar panels.
Let’s hear it for the “jobs” president!
Scott Schleifer, Jacksonville
AN IMPRESSIVE LIST OF DEEDS
Here’s a list of just 15 accomplishments that President Donald Trump can point to with pride after one year in office:
• Putting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.
• Taking the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership.
• Reducing illegal immigration to its lowest rate in 17 years.
• Overseeing the highest rate of consumer confidence since 2000.
• Starting the process for a border wall.
• Pulling out of the lopsided Paris climate change agreement.
• Approving the Keystone pipeline.
• Successfully pushing NATO allies to boost their defense spending by 4.3 percent.
• Providing private healthcare choices for veterans.
• Creating more than 2 million jobs.
• Setting the groundwork for the stock market to hit its highest level in history.
• Saving the country $89 billion through regulation rollbacks.
• Destroying an ISIS foothold with a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (better known as the “Mother of All Bombs).
• Putting a travel ban in place.
• Targeting the brutal MS-13 gang that is operating in many U.S. cities.
Steve McDonald, McAlpin
IT IS CRUEL
I recently saw a truly pathetic picture in the Times-Union!
Two cloned monkeys were clutching each other — and a fur ball that isn’t their mother.
These creatures are condemned to lives of horrific experiments, cramped cages and deprivation of a natural existence. They will never enjoy the lifestyles of monkeys in the wild: foraging for food and enjoying genuine family structures.
Even some animal sanctuaries provide a life closer to that in the wild than what is found in any lab where animals are treated as scientific objects with no consideration for their natural instincts and needs.
The gene manipulation of these monkeys in order to simulate human diseases in them for “scientific” purposes is questionable to me.
Surely science can find better solutions for human diseases by working in laboratories that conduct research within humane parameters, rather than experimenting on these monkeys.
Kathryn Splinter, Jacksonville
WE NEED A REAL PLAN
What’s missing for the revitalization of Downtown to succeed?
A firm, comprehensive plan.
For years, Jacksonville mayors and groups of civic leaders have taken annual visits to cities all over America to see how those communities revitalized their downtown areas.
But apparently they have all returned without having learned anything.
Almost all of these cities first had a comprehensive long-term business plan that incorporated many proposed and/or planned projects — and prioritized them from first to last.
The current Downtown revitalization of Jacksonville has no consolidated, coordinated plan.
Business people attending a convention in most American cities can walk out of the convention facility and into a vibrant mixture of restaurants, bars, cafes, music, well-lit streets, etc. — and then eventually walk back to their hotel.
This cannot be done from our existing Prime Osborn Convention Center — nor would it be possible if a new convention center is built on the site of the old courthouse and City Hall Annex.
Piecemeal projects with no continuity get the city nowhere.
What we need is a central venue — preferably on the river Downtown — that can attract visitors to Jacksonville who currently just drive through the city center.
And we also need a comprehensive revitalization plan that is developed and implemented by many business leaders with the feedback and inclusion of the citizenry.
G.T. Harrell, Fleming Island