Wednesday, September 26, 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


Wednesday’s letters: What constitutes a disqualifying event for Trump’s supporters?

Kavanaugh vows not to withdraw nomination | Sept. 25 What should be disqualifying? As scandals pile up daily, I wonder about President Donald Trump’s supporters. What will be the event that pushes them as far as they can go? Recent accusatio...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Amendment 4 is a matter of reason

Amendment 4 will save taxpayers money | Column, Sept. 23 Amendment 4 is a matter of reason My lifelong Republican brother is a moderate, more mainstream thinker, not wedded to extreme right-wing orthodoxy, so I asked him how he plans to vote on Ame...
Published: 09/24/18
Updated: 09/25/18

Monday’s letters: Dr. Robert Judson made great contributions to Pasco-Hernando State College

A pioneer in Pasco-Hernando education | Sept. 19Robert Judson pushed education forwardI had the pleasure of working with the late Dr. Robert Judson, the former president of what is now known as Pasco-Hernando State College, for many years. During...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/24/18

Saturday’s letters: We need stats that reflect our lives

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18We need stats that reflect our livesMajor news outlets have uniformly declared the U.S. economy to be sizzling, on fire. This column was correct in wanting us to take a second, hard l...
Published: 09/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Inequality hurts democracy

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18Democracy needs equalityEconomic inequality and the concentration of wealth have achieved levels beyond the comprehension of most American wage earners today. Income inequality has ri...
Published: 09/21/18

Friday’s letters: Florida’s workers aren’t reaping benefits of a booming economy

Scott didn’t put them to work | Sept. 16Florida workers not reaping the benefitsFlorida has just surpassed a GDP of $1 trillion. However, workers in Florida are not reaping the rewards. A new report released by anti-poverty organization Ox...
Published: 09/21/18

Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18