Friday, September 21, 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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Saturday’s letters: We need stats that reflect our lives

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18We need stats that reflect our livesMajor news outlets have uniformly declared the U.S. economy to be sizzling, on fire. This column was correct in wanting us to take a second, hard l...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Monday’s letters: Dr. Robert Judson made great contributions to Pasco-Hernando State College

A pioneer in Pasco-Hernando education | Sept. 19Robert Judson pushed education forwardI had the pleasure of working with the late Dr. Robert Judson, the former president of what is now known as Pasco-Hernando State College, for many years. During...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: Inequality hurts democracy

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18Democracy needs equalityEconomic inequality and the concentration of wealth have achieved levels beyond the comprehension of most American wage earners today. Income inequality has ri...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Friday’s letters: Florida’s workers aren’t reaping benefits of a booming economy

Scott didn’t put them to work | Sept. 16Florida workers not reaping the benefitsFlorida has just surpassed a GDP of $1 trillion. However, workers in Florida are not reaping the rewards. A new report released by anti-poverty organization Ox...
Published: 09/21/18

Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

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...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

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: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
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