Monday, November 20, 2017
Editorials

Pasco letters: New Port Richey right to pursue animal control unit

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Animal control unit is needed

Kudos for the resuming of the New Port Richey plans for an animal control unit and kudos to those who will devote their time and effort to such humanitarian work.

City leaders should not ignore this gift offered to them. It will profit them not to underestimate the importance of such a program.

With the help of the New Port Richey police and support of others, so much more can be done than what the county Animal Services in Land O'Lakes can do for the good of the animals and for the protection of the public.

This is a need that has waited a long time to be recognized. Wait no longer.

Beverly Svensson, Hudson

Sandusky case is real eye opener

All the stories in the news lately about child sexual abuse make me wonder if I was paying attention to the wrong things when my children were growing up. I was hyper-vigilant in malls, crowds, and public rest rooms. I kept them close to me and watched carefully when strangers approached or seemed to notice them. I honestly thought that I knew what a sex offender would look like or how they would behave. They would probably look mean, unkempt, suspicious and shifty.

I generally relaxed, however, when my children were with a teacher, coach, babysitter or neighbor. Someone who I knew or who was responsible for caring for children would not be capable of abusing them. But since the Jerry Sandusky and Penn State case came into the news, I'm starting to get a different understanding of the dynamics of child sexual abuse. I know that most people who might sexually abuse a child do not fit my stereotype.

I'm also starting to understand that this is something we can prevent by responding more proactively. Imagine if we begin to ask different questions of the people who care for our children: Is there a policy in your organization to protect children from sexual abuse? Do you know how to report sexual abuse? What do you do if someone is not quite appropriate around the children or teens in your organization?

This case has opened my eyes and I, for one, am going to start asking different questions now.

Patricia Kley, New Port Richey

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Editorial: Good for Tampa council member Frank Reddick to appeal for community help to solve Seminole Heights killings

As the sole black member of the Tampa City Council, Frank Reddick was moved Thursday to make a special appeal for help in solving four recent murders in the racially mixed neighborhood of Southeast Seminole Heights. "I’m pleading to my brothers. You ...
Published: 11/17/17
Editorial: It’s time to renew community’s commitment to Tampa Theatre

Editorial: It’s time to renew community’s commitment to Tampa Theatre

New attention to downtown Tampa as a place to live, work and play is transforming the area at a dizzying pace. Credit goes to recent projects, both public and private, such as the Tampa River Walk, new residential towers, a University of South Florid...
Published: 11/17/17
Editorial: Rays opening offer on stadium sounds too low

Editorial: Rays opening offer on stadium sounds too low

The Rays definitely like Ybor City, and Ybor City seems to like the Rays. So what could possibly come between this match made in baseball stadium heaven? Hundreds (and hundreds and hundreds) of millions of dollars. Rays owner Stu Sternberg told Times...
Published: 11/16/17
Updated: 11/17/17
Editorial: Wage hike for contractors’ labor misguided

Editorial: Wage hike for contractors’ labor misguided

St. Petersburg City Council members are poised to raise the minimum wage for contractors who do business with the city, a well-intended but misguided ordinance that should be reconsidered. The hourly minimum wage undoubtedly needs to rise — for every...
Published: 11/16/17

Editorial: Make workplaces welcoming, not just free of harassment

A federal trial began last week in the sex discrimination case that a former firefighter lodged against the city of Tampa. Tanja Vidovic describes a locker-room culture at Tampa Fire Rescue that created a two-tier system — one for men, another for wo...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17
Editorial: Firing a critic of his handling of the sewer crisis is a bad early step in Kriseman’s new term

Editorial: Firing a critic of his handling of the sewer crisis is a bad early step in Kriseman’s new term

Barely a week after St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman promised to unite the city following a bitter and divisive campaign, his administration has fired an employee who dared to criticize him. It seems Kriseman’s own mantra of "moving St. Pete forwar...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17
Editorial: USF’s billion-dollar moment

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Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/17/17
Editorial: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits

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Published: 11/14/17

Editorial: Deputies’ rescue reflects best in law enforcement

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Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Another voice: An untrustworthy deal with Russia

President Donald Trump’s latest defense of Russian leader Vladimir Putin included — along with a bow to his denials of meddling in the U.S. election — an appeal to pragmatism. "Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,"...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17