Saturday, August 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday’s letters: Regain respect for the opinions of others

‘In the belly of the beast’ | Aug. 2

Respect the opinions of others

Watching President Donald Trump’s latest rally in Tampa, I once again witnessed a shameful exhibition of hatred and discord. I saw those who mocked a CNN reporter with vulgar chants as well as those proudly displaying their middle fingers for all the world to see. A Trump rally is about dividing our country rather than unifying it. There is no message of unity or reaching out and addressing the concerns of all Americans, just more red meat for his angry mob of minions.

One of the things that makes our country great is our cultural diversity and difference of opinions. But when we stop listening to each other and resort to vitriol and immature behavior, then we all lose. And to be fair, this goes for everyone as there have also been unwarranted displays of hatred that anti-Trump protesters have unfortunately chosen to express. Lowering oneself to the childish behavior of those you disagree with resolves nothing.

I’m only 57 and yet I can still remember a time when people would engage in respectful meaningful discussions on the issues that affect every single one of us such as affordable health care and education, jobs that pay a sustainable wage, humane immigration laws, the economy, tax laws that are fair for all Americans and responsible gun control laws, just to name a few. We were able to express our point of view without resorting to sophomoric insults and screaming at each other.

We didn’t give people the middle finger because their views differed from our own. Unfortunately, Trump continues to fan the flames of animosity toward the press and acrimony towards those who are critical of him or his political agenda and that, in my opinion, is hardly making America great again.

John Honoski, Trinity

‘Fake news’ and real disgust

President Donald Trump’s rally in Tampa was a disgraceful example of people acting badly: treating a journalist trying to do his job so disrespectfully was an embarrassment to our state; an angry mob-like attack on free speech. This has gotten out of hand. This behavior comes right from the administration and the constant rant about "fake news."

Susan Hudson, Port Richey

‘Stop this rigged witch hunt,’ Trump tweets
at AG Sessions | Aug. 2

Give us this day, no tweets

Why does President Donald Trump feel the need to dominate the news every single day?

Dear Mr. POTUS, do you have the self-control to give America a rest, and for just one day not tweet anything?

Brian Valsavage, St. Petersburg

Number of people told to flee
from wildfires hits 15K | July 31

Make the planet great again

I am concerned about our planet with all the wildfires, pollution in the air and waters and the extinction of our animals. God did not put dividing lines to mark our countries’ boundaries. We did. But he did put us on this planet, I do believe, to be good stewards of this unique and wonderful place we call home. I understand that our government is too large and we need to decentralize and hold states more accountable on certain issues. But the environment is one our country cannot ignore. We need the influence and backing of our president who wants to "make America great again." Other countries are also holding us accountable.

The United States is impacting our planet with an environmental footprint that is a disaster and greater than most countries. This is the other side of progress, the side that cannot be ignored any longer. Can the United States lead in making our planet great again?

Emily J. Dowd, Tampa

Feds cite safety, freeze
mileage standards | Aug. 2

Carmakers as kingmakers

Why is the GOP so friendly to the auto industry?

The industry didn’t have much of a reputation for safety, efficiency or durability until the feds got on their case. American cars are much better now.

But let’s face it, who can provide the billions of dollars needed to win national elections?

Money equals power, and since there is no powerful labor movement in the United States anymore, the way is clear for greed to triumph.

John Chico, St. Petersburg


Friday’s letters: I’ve lived in countries lacking a free press; you wouldn’t want to

Striving to keep truth flowingfor democracy | Editorial, Aug. 16I’ve lived in places lacking free pressMore than half my adult life I’ve lived, worked or studied in countries governed by dictators or authoritarian rulers in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ukr...
Published: 08/17/18

Monday’s letters: Why I left the Republican Party

Where is the blue wave of voters? | Aug. 14Why I left the Republican Party I clicked the button. Instantly I was no longer a Republican. I had believed we were experiencing a horrible hiccup in the history of the Grand Old Party. My party had sto...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Cigars are bad for your health

Tobacco rules don’t suit premium cigars | Editorial, Aug. 13Xyxyx xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxxxThe argument made in this editorial to exempt the premium cigar industry from FDA scrutiny is, in essence: They are not cheap, they are not fruit-flavored,...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/15/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Re: County authorizes takeover of SunWest Park | Aug. 10‘A poor idea from the startWith no fanfare whatsoever, we now have a new park that no one I know ever seems to use or even know where it is. If it is bringing hordes of tourists to our cou...
Published: 08/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Habitat should help the poor, not hurt them

Habitat lender choice blasted | Aug. 12Help, don’t hurt, poorAs a Habitat for Humanity admirer, donor and volunteer, I was disappointed to read how Habitat for Humanity’s Hillsborough County affiliate reportedly stumbled in delivering its mission...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18

Monday’s letters: A gun or a vote: danger is relative

‘I went off the deep end’ | Aug. 10A gun or a vote: danger is relativeAt the demonstrable risk of having someone lose his fragile temper, grab his guns, storm out his door and speed to my home to shoot me for saying so (and why NOT, Florida Legis...
Published: 08/10/18

Sunday’s letters: July’s letter of the month is ‘Time for more civil debate.’

July letter of the monthTime 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. C...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Saturday’s letters: A team effort made USF preeminent

USF and preeminenceA team effort vaulted USF The University of South Florida’s designation as a preeminent state research university is a prestigious accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work of faculty, staff and students and USF System Presiden...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

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

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8Brown can’t be the new greenThis 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 Tal...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18

Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies

Mother: Dead girl now ‘pure’ | Aug. 7Two tragediesThis is another tragedy of a parent who became overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for an autistic child. But an equally bad sequence of events is likely to happen in the days and months t...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18