Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: A citizen’s heroic act

Suspect arrested | Nov. 29

A courageous citizen’s act

On Nov. 28, a courageous act occurred in the Tampa Bay area. It was one that law enforcement professionals applaud and hope becomes more frequent. An ordinary citizen did the right thing and spoke up for the good of the community. When Delonda Walker, a manager at an Ybor City McDonald’s, walked up to a police officer inside the restaurant and handed over a gun, it led to the suspect in the Seminole Heights serial killings. The entire region was able to breathe again.

As the special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Tampa Bay office, I often stress the importance of "see something, say something." This serves as a reminder of what good can happen when you actually say something or do something. If not for the courage of Delonda Walker to stand up and reach out to that officer, the community of Seminole Heights would still be held hostage.

There was much speculation of whether reward money would be given following last week’s arrest. I can tell you that there was no hesitation from me or the FDLE. If not for Delonda Walker, a suspect in the killings would have continued to evade capture and potentially caused more terror to the citizens of Florida.

Tom Foy, special agent in charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tampa

Intemperate comments

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is spending too much time reading Trumpisms. Hopefully his comments — "Bring me his head" and "If guilty, put him to death" — will not prejudice the jury pool, causing legal problems.

Ed Cadden, St. Petersburg

Trump shares anti-Muslim clips | Nov. 30

Truth losing all meaning

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended President Donald Trump’s retweets of anti-Muslim videos using a line of reasoning that is at the very least disturbing. She said, "Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real."

Unfortunately, this pretty much sums up the administration’s view of the world and its grasp of reality. Whatever the president thinks and believes is fact, without regard to truth or even common sense. The threat is real, just not the one Sanders was referring to.

Dan Greene, Weeki Wachee

Student sues over Title IX rights | Dec. 1

Turn case over to police

While reading this article I had to wonder why law enforcement wasn’t involved. It appears that a serious crime, a felony, was committed and yet it was handled administratively. This sort of proceeding protects neither the accused nor the accuser. It’s time either to stop the kangaroo courts and employ the justice system or to sit down and shut up. Stop playing games.

John Weiss, Spring Hill

Comments

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18