Sunday, July 15, 2018
Letters To The Editor

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 ocean
is 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 owners leading the way toward a cleaner environment.

A great deal of ocean pollution comes from things we’ve known for a long time we don’t need, like plastic straws and polystyrene, or Styrofoam, cups and takeout containers. These unnecessary, single-use plastic products don’t biodegrade, but rather break down into smaller pieces called microplastics, which are often found ingested in hundreds of different marine species. These microplastics can also end up in our food supply; nearly half of all seabird and marine mammal species have been found to have microplastics in their systems.

Thankfully, almost 200 cities and municipalities across the country have enacted local bans on polystyrene containers and a number of local Florida businesses have committed to ocean-friendly products and practices. With Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in our back yard, I’m counting on our local elected officials in our region to join in tackling plastics pollution, starting with a ban on single-use plastic straws.

Julia DiFabrizio, Tampa

Trump must stop
bashing NATO allies | Editorial, July 6

Allies should pay up now

Most NATO countries have been avoiding their obligations for years until President Donald Trump forced their hands. The editorial notes that the defense spending target (2 percent of GDP) was formally agreed to in 2014 but then celebrates the fact that NATO’s 2017 annual report projects that more than half of the allies are expected to meet those financial obligations by 2024. I suppose we could ask Russian leader Vladimir Putin if he would just wait until NATO countries are ready to fund the alliance. Yes, indeed we need a strong NATO, so please focus upon the real issue of our NATO allies failing to meet their obligations and sticking the United States with the bill, instead of the usual "blame Trump for everything" approach.

Noel Flynn, Wesley Chapel

Not just a women’s issue | Letter, July 6

Help the baby after birth

Unfortunately, conservative pro-life advocates in this country through their actions assure that the unborn lives they are so eager to save end up living a life under-educated, impoverished and incarcerated. They continually shirk their responsibility to ensure the poor have equal opportunity for a life other than never-ending poverty and misery !

Mitchell Wnorowski, Oldsmar

EPA’s Pruitt steps down | July 6

Not exactly a witch hunt

Scott Pruitt, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, says he resigned because of all the attacks. Is he saying he didn’t fly first class, didn’t have a "cone of silence" built, didn’t rent a room for $50 a night in a posh section of Washington, D.C., didn’t give raises to newly hired friends, didn’t try to get a Chick-fil-A for his wife and didn’t have EPA employees run personal errands? I think he deserved all the attacks for his greed, gross negligence and abuse of power. All that money he spent were our tax dollars.

Joe Jones, New Port Richey


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

Wednesday’s letters: Let’s prepare Florida’s next generation for the jobs that have been created yet

Make Florida’s workforce globally competitivePrepare for jobs not yet createdIf you aren’t 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 can’t parents feed and care for their own children? When did it become others’ responsibility to do this? No one fed our th...
Published: 07/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: It’s great that Tampa’s Democratic mayor works with a Republican governor

Dems wary of Scott, Buckhorn bromance | July 8It’s 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

Sunday’s 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

Saturday’s 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