What a St. Pete philanthropist’s donations can teach us about rising rents
When is enough?
He died a year ago. His estate just donated $63 million to Tampa Bay charities | April 6
What amazing people David and Virginia Baldwin were, sharing their wealth with those who really need it. I’ve never had the privilege of meeting them, but I’d bet that if they were still alive and owned rental properties, they wouldn’t raise rents and deprive their tenants of groceries. a week simply because they could. While supply chain issues and the high cost of food are not easy problems to solve, it seems to me that the problem with affordable rents is this: stop the greed. When we moved out of our rental home in Phoenix, the landlord who paid the house with cash increased the rent by $400 for the next tenant, regardless of whether the tenant was a single parent. Because she could. Wealthy investors and owners could easily get by and live happily ever after on the profits they made a few years ago, but it seems that’s not enough anymore. In short, it is a lack of awareness. A problem not so complex at all.
Joyce Gesick, Saint PETERSBOURG
Democrats Do It Too
The sneak hit that usurped the will of the people | Chronicle, April 7
Leonard Pitts in his column seems to indicate that gerrymandering is solely a GOP effort. Absurdity! Democrats have attempted or done the same in Illinois, Maryland, New York, New Mexico and a few other states.
Bruce Thompson, Hudson
It’s a matter of fairness
Why I Vetoed Utah’s Ban on Transgender Athletes | Veto letter, March 23
It does not mean anything. “Kindness and understanding” has nothing to do with the situation. We Republicans have no intention of banning transgender athletes from playing sports because we hate them. It’s happening because it’s not fair to the women who work so hard to set new records year after year. And then it was all swept away by a man who is biologically bigger, stronger, and faster who identifies as a woman. We’re not terrible people, but we care about a level playing field for NCAA women.
Simon Simpson, Seminole
Don’t limit the future
Three examples of hypocrisy in Tallahassee | Editorial, April 6
Filtering out the life lessons of homosexuality and human sexuality in schools is going to be harmful to our future children. Why would we want to place limits and barriers on our children that will bring change to our world?
CR Cope, Largo