Open letter to Ann Romney
I applaud your speech at the Republican Convention where you more or less "bared you soul," so the American people could see and hear of a more personal side of your husband. That speech demonstrated not only your love for each other but it served as a heartfelt lesson to women throughout our country and possibly the world.
I applaud the five, fine young men on the stage that had you for a mother. I applaud your attitude and determination in fighting MS and cancer.
But, I'm afraid there are thousands of women in this country who still cannot relate to your life.
These women get an education in public schools, some are fortunate enough to go to private schools and many go to college, either with or without family help. They get a job and start their careers. They marry and have children and they keep working until retirement or other circumstances end their careers. Some work by choice, but most work to help their families have a better life.
Many become single mothers, either by choice or circumstances beyond their control. These women are the majority in this country. They have a hard time relating to you because, compared to them, you have lived a life of "privilege."
Did you go to work every day by 7 a.m. (except for those blissful six weeks on maternity leave), leave work at 3:30 p.m., pick up the kids, go grocery shopping with the kids you picked up at day care, because most don't have family members who can care for the kids; and did you buy the groceries using the coupons cut out of the Sunday paper so you could save a few dollars, or did you take the kids to the dentist, dancing school, the library or whatever and then come home to throw in a load of laundry (including the baseball uniform the Little Leaguer forgot to put in the hamper), and fix dinner so you all, including your tired husband, who had to work two hours over, could watch the Little Leaguer play in his clean, but mostly damp, uniform?
Then, did you come home and help with a school project, iron your husband's shirts and your clothes for work and fix the hem in your daughter's school dress she had to wear for the school play that you would miss because you both were working?
Did you finally get to bed around midnight after writing checks to pay the monthly bills and juggling some to get that extra $5 one boy needed for a required item he needed to play basketball at school?
And then, you both had to get up again at 5:30 a.m., and you had to pack school and work lunches before you left the house at 6:30 a.m. in order to get to work on time?
How do I know these women do this? Because I did it for 34 years with four boys and one girl, and I worked with dozens of others who did it also, and guess what, your husband is sadly mistaken if he thinks the government doesn't create jobs.
My husband, myself, our friends and, yes, even our kids and our friends' kids had jobs that were created by the government.
We all worked at Kennedy Space Center, and not only put Neil Armstrong on the moon, launched the Apollo-Soyus, but we launched and maintained the Hubble Telescope and the Space Station.
Those jobs were all created by the government. Those, Mrs. Romney, are only a few of the things that make it hard for the average "middle-class" family to relate to you and your husband.
Does Mr. Romney have any idea how many thousands of people throughout the country have had jobs because of the Space Program?
Does he realize how many small businesses were created?
Gretchen D. Demole, Titusville
Smart meters removed
More than 8,000 Smart Meters have been removed from Florida homes at their owners request. This was admitted by Florida Power and Light.
Recently, FP&L began replacing standard electric meters on residents' homes and businesses and replacing them with Smart Meters, which provide remote meter readings.
To remove your Smart Meter, call (800) 871-5711 and ask for a customer advocacy representative, who will call you back in a couple of working days. You must be available when they call back. Most meters are being replaced in less than a week, with regular digital (ones).
If you have been sick and don't know why: infants, babies, pets acting odd, tumors (there are many symptoms, and doctors do not recognize these yet), get the meter removed quickly.
The Public Service Commission is having a tentative workshop Sept. 20 in Tallahassee to hear complaints.
To confirm if the workshop is still on, call PSC at (850) 413-6096.
No scientific research has been done on these Smart Meters by FPL, although there is plenty available.
To start with, go to American Academy of Environmental Medicine (aaem.com) and search the site for "smart meter." See and click "Press Release." The April shocking report will come up.
PSC is accepting complaints at FL PSC, Attn: M. Futrell, 2540 Shumard Oak Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0850 or Fax to (800) 511-0809.
Terri Fulton, Melbourne