Sunday, April 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 3

Mother: System failed my son | Oct. 25, 2017

A tragic story. Two deaths and the diagnosis "schizoaffective disorder, a combination of bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia." A label of a very serious mental condition and the failure of the system to block a gun registration.

Florida law "authorizes," not mandates, a physician to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of any mental or physical condition that may affect the competency of one to have a driver’s license. Just imagine if the governmental agency that regulates gun licenses were to be notified. All hell would break loose.

Psychiatrists screaming that such a provision would have a chilling effect on those seeking treatment. The vagary of any diagnosis in a field just emerging from the dark ages of medicine, on a subject that has not had its Earth Day, and the potential problems that would ensue. Gun advocates screaming of the slippery slope, and personally I agree. It’s slippery, and I worry about my own license to carry (which I will never give up).

The "system" failed. No, our lawmakers failed. No backbone to take on a complicated, serious, volatile issue. Shame on all of you, left, right and now, from what I read regarding a candidate for office, potentially outer space.

Kudos to Josh Solomon, who wrote one of the best nonpartisan articles on the subject I have ever read. When one mother suffers a loss it is a tragedy. When tens of thousands of mothers do, it’s just a statistic.

James Mathieu, Port Richey

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Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18