Lakeland Ledger, Oct. 4 National Flood Insurance: Open government to fix rates
The United States must get its deficit-riddled flood-insurance program onto a fiscally sustainable, fair and affordable track. But it appears that reforms Ė approved last year by Congress Ė may make things much worse, in unexpected and unintended ways.
To avoid disrupting lives, businesses, markets and government, Congress could Ė and should Ė have suspended the flood-insurance rate hikes.
Miami Herald, Oct. 3 Texting and driving ban not tough enough
It took a frustrating five years, but, finally, texting while driving is officially banned in the Sunshine State. The ban, along with several other new laws, went on the books Tuesday, Oct. 1 and while critics say it is too weak to become an effective public-safety tool, its supporters say that at least it is a good start. Maybe so, but weíll only know how good this new ban is after itís been enforced for a while.
The major weakness is that the Legislature made texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning texting drivers can only be ticketed if they are pulled over for another traffic violation.
The Tallahassee Democrat Our opinion: This is greatness?
Itís time to assign some blame in this government shutdown mess. So, letís place it squarely where it belongs: on everybody.
This is not a disagreement about government funding, or even about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. No, this is a battle that has been brewing for years, with our nationís capital slowly breaking into factions that each seem to have only one goal Ė wiping out the opposition.
Itís the Bloods and the Crips in business suits, and we the citizens are caught in the crossfire.