Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Letters To The Editor

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

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8

Brown can’t be the new green

This 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 Tallahassee for two decades, and in that time, those in office have managed to cut, eliminate or destroy the protections that made animals and our environment so great. They defunded Amendment 1 (the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative), which was passed by more than 70 percent of Florida’s voters. And yet many of you will still vote for this party because … ? You love polluted beaches and drinking water? You think algae is attractive? You think asphalt is the new green?

As a native Floridian, I know many other issues that are actually more important than the NRA. I do not want to look at a book to remind me what a Florida panther looked like, or see tourism plummet because Big Sugar and other corporations have successfully produced a permanent Red Tide and destroyed our waterways. This is not rocket science. And this is not going away. This is our future, and unless we vote in politicians who actually care about these issues, then I guess we’ve already lost.

Tina Koufas-Eisbacher, Largo

Nelson claims raise alarm | Aug. 9

Provide the proof

If Sen. Bill Nelson’s claims are true, why hasn’t he provided proof to the proper authorities? I agree that our right to vote, unhindered, is one of our most prized freedoms. We need to be diligent in our efforts to secure that right. But this sounds like a man preparing for defeat, who is already looking for an alibi.

Frank Shelton, Riverview

Confrontation is not his first | Aug. 9

Give up stand your ground

How many more people have to die needlessly before the reckless stand your ground law is finally repealed? This shooting reminds me so much of the Trayvon Martin shooting by George Zimmerman six years ago. In both cases, it seemed as if the shooter was essentially looking for a problem to solve, locked and loaded. This will not be the last time that someone unnecessarily will die because of this flawed law. We need to stop, change direction and listen more to the laws of God.

George Chase, St. Pete Beach

California wildfires

Not how to reduce wildfires

I read the quote by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in his recent op-ed in USA Today calling for "active management" of our federal public lands as the solution to reducing wildfire risk. He blamed "radical environmentalists who would rather see forests and communities burn than see a logger in the woods." I have lived in the West. I know for a fact that when you see a logger, there ain’t any woods to stand in.

Gregory Matthews, St. Petersburg

Heat is on to cool schools | Aug. 7

Kids should be our priority

What are we waiting for? School starts in just a few days. I have grandchildren attending a Pinellas high school who have said it is an oven in some classes. Last week it was lead in drinking water in Hillsborough. These kids are our future. It is time to put them first. Please let’s do the right thing now.

Judy Lavaron, St. Petersburg


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,...
Updated: 9 hours ago

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