Letters: Tax cuts a much-appreciated boost for small businesses

Tax cuts a boost for

small businesses

Federal tax cuts are ushering in a new era of prosperity in America.

Our country’s 30 million small-business owners now have more wiggle room to invest in expansion and reward their employees. As the owner of a restaurant in Florida, I’m one of them.

Because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we plan to open a takeout window and set up a customer bar, which would generate up to eight new jobs. We will also install new refrigerators and coffee machines, in addition to making much-needed renovations to better serve our customers.

Moreover, all of our key employees received bonuses in December, and they will see pay increases this year. I’m honored to help them, and I thank Republicans for giving me the opportunity.


Time for some real

answers on guns

I want some answers. Why do the rights of NRA members (less than 1 percent of the population) to carry guns in public supersede the rights of the rest of us to feel safe sending our children to school or going to a movie or a concert or any public event?

How many NRA members have stopped a mass murder? Even with Secret Service agents around him, President Ronald Reagan was shot on a city street. Even with armed citizens in the crowd, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot on a city street. Even with sharpshooters near him, Congressman Steve Scalise was shot on a baseball diamond.

I wonder why the GOP keeps cutting health care for our mentally ill, but blaming mass shootings on mental illness. Especially when we know that every other country has mental illness. Guns in the U.S. claim an average of 96 lives per day (seven are children) and mental health care is unaffordable for most Americans.

I’d also like to know why President Trump overturned a regulation that President Obama signed into law that restricted severely mentally ill persons from buying guns.

But the real question to Trump and the GOP is, “What kind of humans put their love of money and guns above concern for the lives of our children?”


Don’t let unelected

NRA run the country

Why is the NRA running our country instead of the officials we elected? Why are our children and teachers who represent the future of our country being slaughtered? Why are we allowing this to happen over and over again?

I believe in the right to own a gun, provided a background check has been passed and mental illness is not a problem. The Second Amendment was not intended for the right to have a mass destructive weapon that is capable of killing dozens in the matter of minutes like the AR-15.

It is time for every elected official to take a stand on gun control and pass laws to stop the killings. If not, we need to rid our country of the cowards that are now in Congress.


First responders should

act, not wait for orders

There does seem to be an inadequacy in the standard operating procedure with respect to police response to such incidents, given the Florida school, the Orlando nightclub, the Colorado school casualty counts.

Waiting for a heavy weapons team and setting up an inner and outer perimeter that isolates the perpetrator, while waiting for superior officer directions or an operations truck — SOP in so many departments — may be the problem.

The standing order for all officers should be one of “charging to the sound of the guns” that relies on individual initiative, weapons efficiency and training, and immediacy of confrontation, no matter the cost.

It is very easy to second-guess individual decisions amid the chaos of such events, but to act rather than wait must be the watchword of the professional’s training in the future events that will inevitably occur.


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