Saturday, November 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday’s letters: Don’t let them drill off the Florida coast

A push to drill, shrug off spill | Aug. 27

Donít drill off the coast of Florida

The American Petroleum Instituteís "Explore Offshore" coalition recently expanded to the Sunshine State, launching its Florida campaign discussing the future of drilling off Floridaís coast.

Floridians have voiced strong opposition to drilling off their coast since early this year, when the Trump administration announced plans to open 90 percent of U.S. coastlines to offshore oil drilling. This jeopardizes our wildlife, our communities and our beaches to the perils of oil spills.

History has only proven that where we drill, we inevitably spill. The Gulf Coast is still recovering from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore devastation that killed thousands of marine animals and cost the local tourism economy billions of dollars.

We canít put a price on our beautiful beaches, and we know that allowing drilling is too big a risk to take. Expanded offshore drilling is a bad deal for Florida, and anywhere else for that matter.

Kyanna Cadwallader, Gainesville

The center did not hold | Letter, Aug. 30

Try running to the left

Of course, the "center did not hold." It has not held in the last 20 or so years. In each election cycle, the Republicans have nominated a right-wing conservative. We Democrats have repeatedly nominated a conservative-leaning Democrat, and we lost. For 20 years we have proven the definition of insanity to be valid: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We have, without intending to, contributed to a state government that cares more about donations from the NRA than the best interests of the people.

The contest for Floridaís governor this year represents the divisions in Florida and across the nation. The fact is, however, that during the lead-in to the Florida primary, Ron DeSantis talked only about President Donald Trump and Washington politics, while Andrew Gillum addressed the problems in Florida, and there are many. While the letter writer suggests a bi-party ticket, I contend that the very different political beliefs of the two parties would make it impossible. Patrick Murphy and David Jolly attempted to get backing for such a ticket and failed.

This will be an interesting election. What do we want Florida to be? I suggest that every voter vote.

Mary Lou Ambrose, Belleair Bluffs

College costs and home ownership
donít mesh | Aug. 19

The real cost of college

Weíre finally seeing how the financial stress of college tuition costs can be tied to home foreclosures. No wonder: Our federal Department of Agriculture figures it costs $233,610 to raise a child through age 18. Then comes college. Why is college tuition so high? And why are so many students entering college who could otherwise be learning a life skill in vocational pursuits?

Roger Oddson, Sun City Center

In this race, anything
could happen | Column, Aug. 30

What my mother said

Iím 75 years old, and Iím just now finding out that my mother ó may she rest in peace ó was a racist. Whenever she had to go somewhere and leave my sister and me alone, she would always tell us that she wanted no "monkey business" while she was gone. I guess you just never know.

John Waitman, Palm Harbor

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Column: Following through on Hillsborough education referendum

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Published: 11/16/18

Friday’s letters: Stop the ridiculous rise in drug prices

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Thursday’s letters: Questioning the value of Amazon incentives

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Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18

Wednesday's letters: First-time voter says Florida's a mess

Last week’s General Election was my first in Florida. I’m 66, I always vote, but I was taken aback by poorly designed ballots and abysmally written questions.
Published: 11/14/18

Tuesday’s letters: Pinellas shows how to count votes properly

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Published: 11/12/18

Monday’s letters: Use smart building to mitigate hurricane damage

Monday’s letters to the editor
Published: 11/11/18

Sunday letters: Rebuild 850 maintains focus on needs of Hurricane Michael-damaged Panhandle communities

Sunday’s letters to the editor
Published: 11/09/18

Saturday’s letters: Pinellas Commissioner Welch defends his actions regarding his wife

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Published: 11/09/18

Friday’s letters: Making sense of the midterms

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