Thursday, October 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

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

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8

Brown canít 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 Floridaís voters. And yet many of you will still vote for this party because Ö ? 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 weíve already lost.

Tina Koufas-Eisbacher, Largo

Nelson claims raise alarm | Aug. 9

Provide the proof

If Sen. Bill Nelsonís claims are true, why hasnít 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How many more people have to die needlessly before the reckless stand your ground law is finally repealed?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 ainít 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 letís do the right thing now.

Judy Lavaron, St. Petersburg


Wednesday’s letters: Amendment 11 could save inmates from old, unduly harsh sentences

No on all of the other amendments | Editorial, Oct. 1Amendment 11 rights a wrongI fear that the Times editorial board recommendation to vote no on Amendment 11 missed the significance and value of the proposal. Voters are asked to modify the ȁ...
Published: 10/16/18

Tuesday’s letters: Natural gas is not a good replacement for coal

Opposition to natural gas shortsighted | Editorial, Oct. 13Natural gas is no better than coalAccording to the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, carbon emissions must decline to about 45 percent of 2010 levels over...
Published: 10/15/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Oct. 19

Writer: Trapping and releaseing feral cats not the answer
Published: 10/15/18

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Saturday’s letters: Don’t be silent about domestic violence
Published: 10/12/18

Monday’s letters: Sports entertains, and politics defines, not the other way around

Monday’s letters to the editor
Published: 10/12/18

Sunday’s letters: Join a civic association today

These are Sunday’s letters to the editor
Published: 10/12/18

Friday’s letters: Sexual assault victims are focused on surviving, not taking notes

Melania Trump: Women accusing men should ‘show the evidence’, Oct. 10Sexual assault is often hard to report to policeFirst Lady Melania Trump expressed her view that sexual assault victims should have proof before making al...
Published: 10/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Admit the fact of climate change so you can fix it

Climate alliance | Oct. 9 Admit the problem before you can fix itThe day after the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warned of a climate catastrophe if unprecedented action is not taken to limit greenhouse ga...
Published: 10/10/18

Wednesday letters: Why the Humane Society of Tampa Bay supports Amendment 13 to phase out greyhound racing

These are Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
Published: 10/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Trump respects the justice system more than people think

Trump hails cops in Orlando | The Buzz, Oct. 8Trump is patientPresident Donald Trump continues to act with greater patience and respect for the justice system than he is given credit for. When accusations arose about Deputy Attorney General Rod R...
Published: 10/08/18