Friday, August 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday’s letters: Dig into Clinton’s misdeeds

Clinton campaign, DNC funded work that led to Russia dossier | Oct. 25

Why the public distrusts Clinton

The Times has finally been forced by events to print something related to what may be an actual act of collusion in last year’s election: possible criminal ties between the Russians, the Clinton Foundation, Hillary and Bill Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

This story centers on how the Kremlin ultimately gained control of 20 percent of America’s uranium in the sale seven years ago of Uranium One, a Canadian mining company, to Rosatom, a Russian state-owned company. This was accomplished through a process that included then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many others in the Obama administration.

In fact, people involved in the Uranium One sale were investigated by President Barack Obama’s Justice Department for possible racketeering and bribery charges. But then it was essentially shelved by the FBI, according to a report last week by the Hill and other national media but ignored by the Times.

At least the Times finally has published something. It picked up a Washington Post report that the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid millions of dollars to Fusion GPS to produce much of the so-called Trump dossier.

This Fusion GPS report alleged possible coordination between the Russians and President Donald Trump’s campaign last year. These allegations remain unproven despite a media frenzy and millions of dollars spent on congressional investigations prompted by Democrats.

Fusion GPS is a Washington, D.C., firm that has been used in the past by the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin to influence congressional efforts to sanction Russia. The Washington Post reported that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid Fusion GPS to use foreign investigators to create the Trump dossier.

Russian attempts to influence the Uranium One deal included some $145 million "donated" to the Clinton Foundation, a $500,000 speech by former President Clinton and stock or other corporate benefits from Russian-controlled interests to former Clinton campaign director John Podesta and his brother and, in a related role, Paul Manafort, who briefly managed the Trump campaign.

In fact, Real Clear Politics reported Tuesday that "the Podesta brothers and Paul Manafort are the ‘central figures’ in (special prosecutor) Robert Mueller’s investigation, not President Trump."

The real irony here is that the media, including the Times, has been almost hysterical about things like the Russians spending $100,000 on Facebook ads instead of focusing on the dangers of Russian control of one-fifth of America’s uranium, which, by the way, can be used to create nuclear weapons that can kill countless millions of people.

No wonder polls going into last year’s election showed that at least two-thirds of the American people distrusted Hillary Clinton.

Maybe it’s finally time for the media to join the rest of us and also develop some healthy skepticism.

Mike Kersmarki, Tampa

WEDU picks up some PBS programs | Oct. 20

Nearly all shows picked up

The story heading "WEDU picks up some PBS programs" is misleading. As a board member of WEDU who has been involved in the transition process as WUSF ended its TV service, allow me to clarify. WEDU is picking up about 96 percent of WUSF-TV’s programs. WUSF had a small amount of locally produced programming that we don’t have access to, but virtually everything else is being absorbed by WEDU at a significant cost to the station.

This was done as a community service to preserve the quality of public broadcasting in our marketplace. WEDU has endeavored to assure that the viewing public would not lose any programming when WUSF went dark. The University of South Florida was extremely helpful throughout the transition. The successful result was not a simple or inexpensive task, and through the great community support of WEDU, we were able to put together the necessary funding (we still are seeking more) and logistics to make this happen.

WEDU is dedicated to its nonprofit mission to provide high-quality educational programs and services to the 5 million people who live in west-central Florida.

Alan C. Bomstein, Clearwater

Report: President to fund aides’ defense Oct. 22

Looks like hush money

I was incredulous after reading of President Donald Trump’s payment of $480,000 out of his personal funds toward legal fees incurred by White House and campaign staff who are being interviewed by the Robert Mueller investigators. How can this be anything other than hush money, when Trump is a subject of the investigation?

Trump has been allowed to trample ethical boundaries as he lines his private pocket with decisions he makes as president. Now he pushes the envelope as a potential target of possible charges by using personal wealth to "help" people who may have information relevant to his misdeeds.

Gary Bullock, Palm Harbor

Rubio and Bilirakis owe voters answers on drug law | Oct. 22, editorial

Career politicians to blame

This editorial is a leading exhibit on why the American people need to "drain the swamp" that is Washington, D.C. Your editorial staff did an excellent job framing the issue. The career politicians and revolving-door policy in Washington no longer serve the needs of the people. The American people took the first step in November and did not elect a career politician as president. I am glad to see the mainstream press climbing on board.

Steve McCarver, Dunedin

Businesses need relief | Oct. 24, letter

Benefits flow to the well-off

Multiple analyses of the current proposed tax reform provide nowhere near this letter’s $4,248 savings on a Florida median household income. Most legitimate analysts give a range of just $60 to $1,600 a year for median earners. The majority of tax breaks will go to large companies and the wealthy.

Lynn Harvey, Odessa


Thursday’s letters: Cigars are bad for your health

Tobacco rules don’t suit premium cigars | Editorial, Aug. 13Xyxyx xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxxxThe argument made in this editorial to exempt the premium cigar industry from FDA scrutiny is, in essence: They are not cheap, they are not fruit-flavored,...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/15/18

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