Sunday, July 15, 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 í70s, we didnít 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 OíLakes

Classroom no place for guns

Iíve read much about this issue recently but havenít 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 canít imagine trying to work with a child or children with a gun on my body. If itís kept somewhere else, then of course it wouldnít 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 wonít 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 donít want more guns; fewer guns, I think, is the solution.

Helen Figley, St. Petersburg

Deltaís 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

Donít 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


Sundayís letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Floridaís land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Donít 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

Saturdayís 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

Thursdayís letters: The Raysí Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Raysí 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

Wednesdayís letters: Letís prepare Floridaís next generation for the jobs that have been created yet

Make Floridaís workforce globally competitivePrepare for jobs not yet createdIf you arenít amazed by the speed at which technology is changing our world, just think back 20 years. Would you have imagined cellphones with the capabilities of a laptop c...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/11/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for July 13

Re: School meals for all students | July 6 storyParents should pay for their ownThat article really got me to thinking ... why canít parents feed and care for their own children? When did it become othersí responsibility to do this? No one fed our th...
Published: 07/09/18

Tuesdayís letters: Itís great that Tampaís Democratic mayor works with a Republican governor

Dems wary of Scott, Buckhorn bromance | July 8Itís not partisan to look out for TampaThe focus of a mayor should be on success in his jurisdiction, no matter the partner, for the citizens who live in his area of responsibility. Mayor Bob Buckhorn...
Published: 07/06/18
Updated: 07/10/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for July 13

Scaring birds with fireworks is a problemThe justification of buying fireworks to scare birds is the biggest problem with fireworks. My wife and I retired to a small pond across from a nature preserve. On a recent holiday, we were enjoying watching b...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Monday’s letters: Let’s keep plastics out of the ocean now

Is a ban on plastic straws a step too far? | July 4 Plastic in oceanis not fantastic As a Tampa Bay native, I am thrilled to see a concerted effort to eliminate plastics pollution in the area, and encouraged to see small business and restaurant ow...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Sundayís letters: Keep the Rays in Tampa Bay

Ballpark site catches break | July 5Keep the Rays in Tampa BayLast month, the Tampa Bay Partnership led a delegation of nearly 20 Tampa Bay business leaders on a benchmarking trip to Houston, to explore the nationally recognized workforce develop...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/06/18

Saturdayís letters: Letter of the month concerns civility in public discourse

June letter of the month The winning letter addressed incivility in public discourseMud sticks to those who sling itI am an 83-year-old black, straight male. I lived with Jim Crow laws that deprived me of education, jobs, housing and service in publi...
Published: 07/02/18
Updated: 07/06/18