Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday letters: Keep oil drilling far from Florida’s gulf coast

Oil drilling ban in eastern gulf is shot down | May 23

Florida, oil drilling don’t pair well

As a Gulf Coast businessman, I am firmly opposed to the shortsighted and dangerous push to open the eastern Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling.

The threat of this activity coming even closer to our shorelines recently became more likely. Florida’s members of Congress are being pressured to engage in behind-the-scenes negotiations to allow the eastern Gulf to be drilled for oil and gas. This pressure is coming from congressional leaders who have no real connection to our important coastline and beautiful beaches.

Florida’s Gulf Coast tourism, recreation and fishing industries support 304,556 jobs and generate $17.5 billion annually in GDP. This economic strength would plummet in the event of an oil spill. When people think of Florida, they think of beaches, seafood and boating. I’d prefer we keep it that way.

When the BP Deepwater Horizon exploded and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the ocean, tourism plunged even in places where oil never reached the beaches.

It is up to us to tell our representatives in Congress to oppose any offshore drilling activities in the currently protected areas off Florida’s Gulf Coast. Our voices matter and we don’t want loopholes that will allow industry to come in and drill. We don’t want it now and we don’t want it ever.

Joseph Dise, Treasure Island

The writer is chairman of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce.

County coffers to swell | June 6

Windfall should lower taxes

In reading this news of bringing about a property tax windfall to local governments because of a hot real estate market, does that not beg the question to area taxpayers: Will our city and county governments (a.k.a. the taxing authorities) lower the rates on our property taxes? If not, why not?

N. Lupo, Clearwater

King has bold plan
to curb gun violence | June 2

New tax won’t stop shootings

Candidate for Governor Chris King says the way to curb gun violence is to tax ammunition. King just proved that liberals have never found a tax they didn’t like.

It is insanity to believe that anyone who wishes to commit mass murder will stop because he has to pay a little more for ammunition. One could drive to a neighboring state and buy ammunition. Such a law could actually create a sort of black market. Buy somewhere else and re-sell it in Florida, minus the tax, and still make a profit.

New laws will not stop violence created by a mentally disturbed person. Only two things will really work. Early detection and a person with a weapon that knows how to use it.

Wayne Parlow, Ridge Manor

Traffic calming measures debated
in the wake of fatalities | June 3

A solution: speed bumps

I have not seen any suggestions to lower the speed on Bayshore Boulevard by providing speed bumps at regular intervals.

Bumps can be engineered to any height and width, either slowing traffic to a crawl, as in a parking lot, or to 15-to-20 mph on narrow residential streets. Certainly, with enough thought, a speed bump that would keep traffic at 35-40 mph without damaging vehicles or leading to accidents can be achieved.

Let’s face it, anything short of physical barriers won’t work long term and I certainly don’t want to see Bayshore Blvd partially removed, throwing massive traffic onto already overcrowded residential streets.

Richard Goldberger, Tampa

U.N. calls for end to separation
of families | June 6

Pro-life should apply to all

Separating immigrant children from their parents continues the hypocrisy of the Trump administration and his conservative right supporters. All the rights the "pro-lifers" say the unborn child has always seem to vanish after the child is born. Does "life" stop at birth?

Michael Lang, Seminole

Bilirakis plan to help women
called a stunt | June 2

Will there be sewing tips?

When I read that my congressional representative, Gus Bilirakis, would be holding a Women’s Summit pitched as "an opportunity for women to learn about relevant topics that have a direct impact on their lives," I was pleased. I figured he might discuss gun violence, reproductive rights, tariffs on imported goods, nuclear issues with both Iran and North Korea, meaningful health care reform, the exploding national debt, the cost of our endless wars, the #MeToo movement, among the many issues that would have a direct impact on my life.

But gardening? Weight loss? A woman’s guide to financial planning (as if that were different from a men’s guide)? Really?

Once again a Republican who doesn’t get it.

Diana Reif, Palm Harbor

GOP lawmakers get poor grades
from union | May 31

Union money flows to Dems

When considering the teachers’ union’s ratings of lawmakers, let us not overlook the financial support that Democrats get from these unions.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, in the 2015-2016 election cycle, the American Federation of Teachers spent $33,580,880 to elect Democrats, while giving $10,700 to Republicans. The National Education Association contributed $29,427,730 to Democrats and $347,306 to Republicans. The Florida Education Association is a merged affiliate of the AFT and NEA.

That 17 of 20 Republican House members received Fs and three Ds is no more surprising than that four of five Democratic senators received As and one B. Unions and Democrats have been in lockstep for decades and that old saying still holds true: Follow the money!

Judith Allen, Sun City Center

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Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Re: County authorizes takeover of SunWest Park | Aug. 10‘A poor idea from the startWith no fanfare whatsoever, we now have a new park that no one I know ever seems to use or even know where it is. If it is bringing hordes of tourists to our cou...
Published: 08/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Habitat should help the poor, not hurt them

Habitat lender choice blasted | Aug. 12Help, don’t hurt, poorAs a Habitat for Humanity admirer, donor and volunteer, I was disappointed to read how Habitat for Humanity’s Hillsborough County affiliate reportedly stumbled in delivering its mission...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18

Monday’s letters: A gun or a vote: danger is relative

‘I went off the deep end’ | Aug. 10A gun or a vote: danger is relativeAt the demonstrable risk of having someone lose his fragile temper, grab his guns, storm out his door and speed to my home to shoot me for saying so (and why NOT, Florida Legis...
Published: 08/10/18

Sunday’s letters: July’s letter of the month is ‘Time for more civil debate.’

July letter of the monthTime for more civil debate"Politics" is an activity which involves power and control, arriving at decisions based on differing interests. Normally, leaders weigh the needs of the individual with the abilities of the country. C...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Saturday’s letters: A team effort made USF preeminent

USF and preeminenceA team effort vaulted USF The University of South Florida’s designation as a preeminent state research university is a prestigious accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work of faculty, staff and students and USF System Presiden...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Friday’s letters: Don’t let pollution be our legacy

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8Brown can’t be the new greenThis headline should have said "Republicans continue to pave their way across Florida, pollute the water supply and destroy animals and their habitat." The Republicans have controlled Tal...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18

Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies

Mother: Dead girl now ‘pure’ | Aug. 7Two tragediesThis is another tragedy of a parent who became overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for an autistic child. But an equally bad sequence of events is likely to happen in the days and months t...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Aug. 10

Jacqueline Road being misusedI have issued complaints to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, traffic division and also a letter to the sheriff and have had very little positive response.We have an issue on Jacqueline Road with speeding vehicles and...
Published: 08/06/18

Monday’s letters: Enough with praise for Pier sculpture

Aerial art to billow at Pier | Aug. 3Pier art: boon or boondoggle?Well, finally! The Janet Echelman sculpture project has been approved. The dust has settled and now, at the cost of $2.8 million an over-priced, glorified flag will be flapping ove...
Published: 08/03/18

Friday’s letters: Regain respect for the opinions of others

‘In the belly of the beast’ | Aug. 2Respect the opinions of othersWatching President Donald Trump’s latest rally in Tampa, I once again witnessed a shameful exhibition of hatred and discord. I saw those who mocked a CNN reporter with vulgar chant...
Published: 08/01/18
Updated: 08/02/18