Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday’s letters: Don’t retreat on reproductive rights

House Bill 490

Donít retreat on womenís rights

It is appalling that in 2017, 44 years after the Roe vs. Wade decision, we are still fighting for a womanís right to decide when and if she will have children. The latest attack on our rights is House Bill 490. This federal bill makes abortion illegal at six weeks, even before many women know they are pregnant, and calls for up to five years in jail for abortion providers. There is no exception for rape. This bill is the most extreme antiabortion bill ever introduced or heard in Congress and is unconstitutional, as evidenced by similar state bills that have been declared unconstitutional by the courts.

Instead of focusing on jobs, the economy, the opioid crisis, world conflicts or any of the other major challenges our country is facing, these lawmakers are concentrating on rolling back womenís rights and banning abortion.

As a 73-year-old who knows what women seeking an abortion before Roe vs. Wade faced, I am worried that we are on the way back to those conditions. It is frightening.

Judy Gallizzi, St. Petersburg

Trump falls short on opioid crisis | Oct. 30, editorial

Greed is driving policy

Regarding the opioid deaths caused by manufactured pills that are legal, it is supremely ironic that a benign natural plant is illegal ó marijuana. Ask yourself, how many deaths has it caused?

Common sense would reverse this idea.

However, the legislators who could change this are totally owned by the greedy manufacturers, therefore preventing change.

The only path to sanity nationwide is to vote smart and get some modern ideas into Congress. The incumbents have been blinded by money and will not take meaningful action.

Doug Hicks, Tampa

Fatal fire risk: no sprinklers | Oct. 29

Itís all about the money

This article about how condo owners and associations are voting against having sprinklers installed should surprise no one. Money supersedes safety in many businesses.

I remember when the big automakers fought tooth and nail against air bags. Too expensive, they said, even though they save lives. I remember when asbestos was used extensively. When it was found that it causes cancer and needed to be banned, businesses said: too expensive.

There are too many examples to list, but if people think that businesses have their safety in mind when making decisions, they are sadly mistaken. It will always be about the money.

Alan Roberts, Largo

Smoking in public

Extinguish this menace

I would like to see Florida ban smoking in crowded outdoor spaces such as parks, beaches and outdoor eating areas. When people are smoking in close proximity to other people, it doesnít matter whether they are indoors or out. Their smoke is offensive and unhealthy to everyone.

My wife and I recently attended the Clearwater Jazz Holiday at Coachman Park. The row in front of us had three groups of people with a smoker in each group. In the group to our left, a woman held her cigarette behind her chair in between drags, completely oblivious to the people behind her. Closer to us was a man puffing on an e-cigarette. To the right was a man belching cigar smoke.

If Florida will not ban smoking in crowded outdoor spaces, perhaps local municipalities will step up and take action, the way New York City banned smoking in Central Park. Sponsors could also demand smoke-free environments as a contingency for their financial support.

John Orlando, Largo

5 trends driving this economic rebound
Oct. 28

Where airport falls short

Robert Trigaux nails it: "Whatís TIAís weak link? Lack of mass transportation to get there and back." As someone from snow-bedeviled Boston and its catacombed Logan International, I swooned when I first saw TIA: bright, airy, welcoming.

Then when I stepped out of the terminal and looked around, I saw nothing. No waiting taxis. No buses. No trace of transportation opportunities other than two levels of rental car outlets.

Travelers are not going to be tempted to visit Tampa once they discover that there is no option other than either driving themselves or resigning themselves to the negative-PR-plagued but unsettlingly ubiquitous Uber.

Kirk Hazlett, Riverview

Cars and hurricanes

Look out for storm damage

A reminder on buying used cars: I was driving south on I-75 near Brooksville and passed two semis hauling upscale cars (Cadillac, Lexus, Mercedes) with Texas tags. These cars may have been damaged by floods from Hurricane Harvey. Cars like this could just as easily have Florida tags with damage from Irma. Before you buy a used car, take it to a mechanic and have it inspected for flood damage. Obvious signs can be mud in wheel wells and rust in the floor panels under carpet. If anything looks wrong, move on to a different car.

John Day, Clearwater


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...
Updated: 4 hours ago

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

Mondayís letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check ó in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18