Monday, July 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday’s letters: Example of reaching across the aisle

Global Partnership for Education

How to work across party lines

We suggest a New Year’s resolution for Congress: Work together across the aisle. Four Tampa Bay representatives — Gus Bilirakis, Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist and Dennis Ross — have done just that in co-sponsoring a bipartisan statement of principle on education. It supports the Global Partnership for Education, a successful public-private partnership dedicated to education in the world’s lowest-income and most fragile countries.

Education is a human right, and millions of children are being denied that right when governments fail to provide teacher training, school facilities and access. Special thanks to our local representatives for not getting lost in the quagmire of Congress. We urge them to reach out to their colleagues for more signatures.

Roseann Santella, St. Petersburg

Linda Schatz, Tampa

Floating pier art has $3M price tag | Jan. 2

Heed weather hazards

First, let me admit I am very impressed with the artwork of Janet Echelman and in no way do I want to disparage the efforts of our city leaders to create a pier of world-class standing though public art.

The rendering of this art in Times shows a beautiful piece suspended with cables atop the pier, lighted for grand effect at night. My thought seeing this was, What are they thinking? Hurricane Irma is hardly a distant memory, and there are climate predictions of even more severe storms. Then why spend upward of $3 million for a "blow-away" piece of art that even if it were to survive such a storm, is surely guaranteed to suffer damage to its framework and possibly total destruction if allowed to remain in place?

Additionally, the cost to take down the art before a storm and to resurrect it afterward would also be a burden on our city’s taxpayers. The "feasibility experts"? Where are they from, and what part of hurricane, squall, waterspout did they forget to look up? Artwork for this project should require deep considerations of the location and the investment of taxpayers’ $3 million for the entire projected life of the pier, not just the term of this administration.

Thomas Cook, St. Petersburg

Kim wants Koreas to talk | Jan. 2

Time for negotiations

Last year, South Korea elected a leader who ran on a policy of talks with North Korea and less U.S. influence. He won easily.

As our president continues his childish behavior toward the North Korean "Rocket Man," this "Rocket Man" is reaching out to South Korea for possible talks. South Korea knows that they are in range of a nuclear attack, so they, wisely, want to talk to their threatening neighbor. It’s time for a deal.

Robert Clifford, Tarpon Springs

St. Petersburg hopes to revive plaza — again
Jan. 2

Farmers market can work

While in Baltimore, I had the pleasure of shopping at the amazing downtown Lexington Market and was told that there are numerous farmers markets throughout the city. It’s the first thing that came to mind while reading the article about the challenges with finding the right tenants for Tangerine Plaza.

An upscale supermarket didn’t work there, and it’s no surprise that Walmart didn’t either as their fruits and vegetables are not really that low-priced, nor is their meat. Farmers markets offer high-quality produce, meats, cheeses, spices, etc., at the lowest prices in town. St. Petersburg has grown enough so that we could support a year-round farmers market.

The city administration would probably not object to continuing the rent subsidies so that vendors can keep their prices low so that we all benefit. Tampa has just started an urban farming initiative and, again, this is something that our present administration would probably embrace. A farmers market and an urban farming program go hand in hand. Spin-off businesses happen, too, like restaurant supply stores and restaurants with the freshest ingredients around, purchased at the farmers market.

Unless a Sav A Lot or an Aldi opens at the plaza, there will be another failure. A farmers market is a magical place where the rich and poor alike shop and buy. A farmers market would be a place people would go out of there way to patronize. The conditions couldn’t be more ideal.

Ivylyn Harrell, St. Petersburg

UCF football

A stellar season

The University of Central Florida Knights football team had a perfect season, winning 13 games including the Peach Bowl. I am extremely proud that this Florida team did so well this season. So why did I have to look to page 7 of the sports section to find the write-up of the Peach Bowl win? Granted, columnist Tom Jones doesn’t think much of UCF’s abilities (as mentioned in his column), but there are plenty of us here in the Tampa Bay area who support and appreciate the team. The Peach Bowl was a great game, well-matched in spite of Auburn’s 10-4 season. So next year, how about a little more support for this Florida team?

Catherine Smith-DuGay, Tampa


Monday’s letters: More reaction to Trump

Trump sides with Putin over U.S.A. | July 17 editorialVoters will have to protect national securityThe American intelligence agencies are in unanimous agreement that Russia involved itself in the 2016 election, all to benefit the candidacy of Dona...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Sunday’s letters: What to do about the National Flood Insurance Program

Time’s running out on flood insurance | Column, July 18Kill the flood insurance programThe Republican ethos (Sen. Marco Rubio) is that government should not interfere in markets and that privatization should be implemented whenever possible. That...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Saturday’s letters:

Time 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. Can America afford a soci...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Friday’s letters: Trump’s excuses about Helsinki

Trump got tripped up | July 18 A dangerous mix-up for a president President Donald Trump would have us believe that he misspoke when he stood on the world stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed belief in Putin rather than the un...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Thursday’s letters: Watch what Trump does ... and what he says

Trump sides with Putinover U.S.A. | Editorial, July 17 Watch what he does — and what he says, too Anyone who still takes issue with the allegation that Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president need only look at his shameful and ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Leave fireworks to the professionals

Nobody is scaring birds with fireworks | Editorial, July 16Leave fireworksto the professionalsThe situation with fireworks has gotten completely out of control. I was at Curtis Hixon Park on the Fourth of July, and numerous people were exploding ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/17/18

Monday’s letters: Make investment in the Rays an actual investment with an actual return

Paying for ballpark will take teamwork | Editorial, July 12An actual return on investmentMuch attention has been given to the cost of the proposed Rays stadium in Ybor City and who will foot the bill. The three-legged stool of the Rays, the busin...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/16/18

Sunday’s letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Florida’s land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Don’t burn sugar cane, periodIn this column, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King got a lot of things right about how sugarcane burning negatively impacts the Glades communities w...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Saturday’s letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11The dangerous days before RoeI am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Thursday’s letters: The Rays’ Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11The new stadium will be gorgeousI had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18