Letters to the editor, Jan. 18
TBO.comThe wrong message
Published: January 18, 2012
Published: January 18, 2012
People driving by Oak Hill Hospital on Friday had to pass a shocking display claiming that there are "Grave Problems at Oak Hill Hospital."
That message had to raise negative questions about the hospital in the minds of anyone driving by – especially those who use it, or plan to use it. There was no way for us to know that this frightening display was not based on fact or that it had nothing to do with the quality of care provided by the hospital.
Instead it was a labor union protesting that a contract had been awarded to a nonunion contractor. The right of a labor union to protest is no doubt protected by our Constitution, but are there no limits to the form that protest may take, if not legally, then because of common sense?
This union local owes Oak Hill Hospital and the public an apology.
On Saturday our Commander at VFW Post 10209 received a call from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office giving us the good news that an arrest was made in the Jan. 2 theft of our air conditioning units.
My thanks go out to all within the sheriff's office that worked with diligence to solve this crime. Our community is served well by the sheriff's office; keep up the good work. Members of law enforcement are not recognized often enough for the work they do, so please let me extend my heartfelt thanks for a job well done in apprehending these criminals that created so much havoc in our community.
Supporting Mitt Romney
Newt Gingrich should join the Democrat Party as that is exactly where he wants to take America. With his anti-capitalism and pro-illegal immigration stances, he could very well run against Barack Obama as a Democrat.
Gingrich received a $5 million donation from Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., which owns and operates casinos in the United States and other countries. His Super PAC has attacked Mitt Romney with lies and now Newt is trying to backtrack, because he knows he has been dishonest in portraying Mitt Romney as a "vulture capitalist."
The truth about Bain is that in 1984, Romney and his colleagues founded Bain Capital as a venture capital firm and raised their first investment fund totaling $37 million. Tom Stemberg, the founder of Staples, came to Bain with the idea of starting a chain of discount office supply stores. Romney agreed to put about $1 million of Bain Capital money into the new venture. The first Staples store opened in 1986 in Brighton, Mass. Today, Staples employs 90,000 people and has 2,000 stores.
It is an underestimate to state that Romney created only 100,000 jobs because he helped to launch or acquire more than 100 companies including Domino's Pizza, Sealy, The Sports Authority, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Dunkin' Donuts and Toys 'R' Us. If you work at any of these stores, you can thank Mitt Romney.
Not all of the companies acquired by Bain could be saved and that is why Gingrich is focusing on the failures and not the huge successes of Bain Capital and Mitt Romney.
Romney has the reputation of looking at the opportunity, analyzing the business, and then making an informed decision if growth opportunities existed. He surrounded himself with talented people who could help make the right decisions.
What is most impressive about Mitt Romney's business accomplishments is the fact that he recognizes it is all about the people. I think that is why he made the remark that "corporations are people." He encourages teamwork and that is why he has been so successful.
America needs the strong leadership skills of Mitt Romney as our country is nearing economic collapse. We need his business knowledge to make cuts in the federal government and eliminate agencies that are duplications. Please give Mitt Romney your vote.