Wednesday, September 19, 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


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...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Editorial cartoons from Times wires
Updated: 12 hours ago

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: 09/18/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Column: We’re measuring the economy all wrong

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the official economic statistics — the ones that fill news stories, television shows and presidential tweets — say that the U.S. economy is fully recovered.The unemployment rate is lower tha...
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