Thursday, September 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday’s letters: Tempting disaster with guns in classroom

Panel: Arm teachers | Feb. 28

Tempting disaster with firearms

The Florida House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has approved training teachers to carry guns in class. I wonder whether they understand the process of training people to kill. I wonder whether they understand the odds that any teacher who fires a gun in a classroom is far more likely to kill a child than to kill any attacker. I wonder whether they understand the potential liability costs to the school. When you carry a gun, that fact has to be the most important fact in your life, because you have to be aware every moment that you may have to use the gun to end a human life. Everything else, including teaching, becomes secondary. Is this really what we want to do? Is this really how we want to live? Is this how far we are willing to go?

I urge the Florida Legislature to reject this proposal.

Jim Perry, Tampa

Parkland massacre

Federal response required

Arming teachers to prevent additional school shootings is a dumb idea. When airplanes were being hijacked regularly in the ’70s, we didn’t arm the pilots or the flight attendants, did we? No, the federal government stepped in to protect the traveling public with "sterile" concourses/airports.

School shootings are not a local or state problem; they are a national problem that requires immediate action by the federal government. So take the money earmarked for the "wall" and distribute it to local jurisdictions so school properties can be fortified and police officers can be assigned to every public school in the nation.

Bob Fortney, Land O’Lakes

Classroom no place for guns

I’ve read much about this issue recently but haven’t learned exactly how the teachers would carry a gun. Carry the loaded gun in a holster on his/her body? If not, would the loaded gun be in a coat or jacket hanging in the classroom, in a purse or maybe in a desk drawer? All choices are unacceptable. I can’t imagine trying to work with a child or children with a gun on my body. If it’s kept somewhere else, then of course it wouldn’t be useful if a shooter entered the room and started targeting students and teachers.

Countless accidents could occur with a gun in a room with a group of children. This is not a solution.

Barbara Van Weelden, Hudson

Listen to the mainstream

Since when do assault weapons represent mainstream America? These are military-style weapons designed to "attack" people, not hunt animals.

Why are high-capacity magazines sold, making it possible to fire dozens of rounds at a time?

Out of 327 million people in this country, only 5 million are NRA members. Why would we allow just over 1 percent of our population to set gun policy for the remaining 99 percent of us?

Why do we continue to elect politicians indebted to the NRA and who won’t advocate sensible gun legislation that protects the other 99 percent of America?

Anthony Edl, Odessa

Get to root of the problem

Our elected representatives are scrambling to put a Band-Aid on a serious wound in our country.

The common thread in all these mass killings is not age, mental health or the presence of gun-free zones. The common thread is assault rifles, and until we control assault rifles the mass killings will continue.

These representatives reveal they are more afraid of the NRA than they are of our votes. It is time we show them their allegiance is misdirected.

Jim Hill, Clearwater

Try asking the teachers

The NRA has the perfect answer, again. The Florida Legislature loves it. Arm the teachers. And by doing this more money will be made with the sale of more guns.

Has anyone thought to ask the teachers? And just how fast do they think a gun can be retrieved from a locked, secured location and loaded in time to do any good in a crowded classroom with children? We don’t want more guns; fewer guns, I think, is the solution.

Helen Figley, St. Petersburg

Delta’s NRA move draws tax cut threat
Feb. 27

Principles of convenience

What has happened to the Republican belief in keeping government out of the way of business? Let the market forces work, they say. So if a corporation elects to distance itself from the NRA, then why is the Republican lieutenant governor of Georgia using his power to try to punish a business (Delta) on that free market?

Unfortunately, these reversals of principle are common in the current Republican establishment. It used to be said they were the party of ideas. Now it seems they will try to win by any means necessary, and not because their ideas are better.

Michael Brown, Tampa

Bill could end puppy bans | Feb. 27

Don’t go backward on pets

I am dismayed that the Florida Legislature would provide support to puppy mills, which breed and raise puppies without concern for the health and welfare of the animals. Not only does this often lead to the sale of unhealthy puppies, it also leads to the pain, suffering and expense that the owners experience when they find they have a sick puppy.

I hope the Legislature will not take steps to lead us back to the dark ages of blindness to animal welfare.

Margaret Schulte, Ottawa, Ohio


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...
Updated: 11 hours ago

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

Monday’s 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 — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Saturday’s letters: The Constitution’s promise to promote the ‘general welfare’ includes health

Medicare for All is a path to ruin | Letter, Sept. 14‘General welfare’ includes healthThe preamble of the U.S. Constitution states that in order to form a more perfect union, several things needed to be assured. One of those is to "promote the ge...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Friday’s letters: Medicare for All might lead to Medicare for None

Nelson cautious on Gillum views | Sept. 12Medicare for All is a path to ruinThe utopian idea of Medicare for All being free health care with all the trimmings is a hoax. Sooner or later, the resources required to pay for this single-payer system ...
Published: 09/11/18
Updated: 09/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7

Re: Pedestrian deaths rising again | Sept. 7This is no surpriseIt is surprising that more people aren’t killed trying to cross U.S. 19 on foot.I often cross U.S. 19 at Flora to get to Home Depot or Holiday Mower. This involves first looking back...
Published: 09/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Genshaft made USF a first choice for top students

Genshaft legacy isa stronger USF | Editorial, Sept. 11Genshaft made USF a first choiceTampa Bay is a significantly stronger business community due to the leadership of retiring USF President Judy Genshaft. With degrees from Davidson and Duke, I m...
Published: 09/07/18
Updated: 09/11/18