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Sam Adams understood that privilege can have a spot in politics | Letters – Tampa Bay Occasions

Extra on Sam Adams

Ought to we rejoice Sam Adams or condemn him? | Nov. 20

Samuel Adams, on the forefront of assaults on the plutocracy in pre-revolutionary Boston, had no qualms about embracing the richest particular person in New England, native politician and businessman, John Hancock. Adams acknowledged early on that Hancock’s wealth and affect may very well be a useful asset within the pursuit of independence from England. Collectively, he and Hancock proved to be a formidable mixture, a lot in order that the British authorities needed them dropped at justice in any respect prices. They narrowly prevented arrest on multiple event, maybe most notably after Paul Revere’s legendary midnight journey alert. The Adams-Hancock collaboration not solely lends credence to the idiom that “Politics makes unusual bedfellows,” it exhibits that privilege has its place in politics, particularly when the plenty are the beneficiaries.

Jim Paladino, Tampa

Too many individuals

Red wave? Blue wave? Really, the election was a green wave for nature in Florida | Column, Nov. 22

Traci Deen is partly proper in her column, writing “we discover frequent floor” in defending the surroundings, and “we have now plenty of work to do.” However we have now right selections to make, too — and “proceed to develop our inhabitants” just isn’t one in all them. Excessive and rising native and world populations trigger many issues: lack of pure landscapes and wild habitat, pollutions starting from plastics to poisons, immigration conflicts, many facets of poverty, useful resource shortages, overexploitation of wildlife, tensions and even violence arising from competitors for land, water, fossil fuels, minerals. Throw in a level of anthropogenic local weather change, for those who like.

The extra shortly we transition to modest ranges of inhabitants and consumption — probably a decrease inhabitants in 2100 than now — the higher our world shall be for us and for the generations who comply with. We will obtain it by encouraging common household sizes of two youngsters or rather less, and extra modest existence among the many prosperous, together with our personal United States. If we really care about our descendants, then moderation — not perpetual development — is the order of the day.

Mark Keegan, New York

Governors and gerrymandering

Mapping out victory | Letter, Nov. 18

I learn with curiosity the current letter speaking about Gov. Ron DeSantis’ gerrymandering. I agree, however the context was lacking. Just about each governor, Democrat or Republican, does this. Every governor has the chance to affect this legislative course of this each 10 years, and just about each governor does it. As my son is fond of claiming, elections have penalties.

Bruce Margolis, Lake Mary

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