Letters to the editor for March 31, 2021

Letters to the editor for March 31, 2021

The Gainesville Sun Dysfunctional system HB 15 is a bill that identifies a problem, raises taxes and then doesn’t bother to fix the problem. Florida’s unemployment system has been broken for decades. There were long wait times, low benefits and a confusing, opaque process for filing, long before COVID’s widespread exposure of its failings. Unemployment insurance isn’t a handout, it’s insurance. To qualify for benefits you have to have been working and lost your job through no fault of your own. Our unemployment insurance program is supposed to be designed to help those in need, who have earned their benefits. Instead, the focus of Florida’s system has been to keep costs as low as possible for the biggest corporations in the state. Rep. Chuck Clemons’ bill continues this mistake. We need to bring Florida’s unemployment tax rates on big businesses in line with the rest of the country and fix the many, many glaring problems with the system we have. Instead, this bill imposes a new sales tax on everyone and then it just dumps money into our current, dysfunctional system, as is. James Ingle, Gainesville Read the amendment No doubt the interest of the gun lobby will be continuing in full voice as the safeguards of our Second Amendment. Anytime outrage demands action in response to the senseless violence that is all too prevalent in our country, this lobby is there, standing squarely behind this amendment. My question is: Have they ever read the Second Amendment? “A well-regulated […]

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