Thursday, February 22, 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

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Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

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Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

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Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18