Friday, August 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: A gun or a vote: danger is relative

‘I went off the deep end’ | Aug. 10

A gun or a vote: danger is relative

At the demonstrable risk of having someone lose his fragile temper, grab his guns, storm out his door and speed to my home to shoot me for saying so (and why NOT, Florida Legislature?), I’ll say this:

Clearly, felons who have paid their debts to society pose less of a threat with their votes than the average non-felon Florida imbecile with a gun.

Steve Douglas, St. Petersburg

Plastic guns spread despite
court order | Aug. 4

Confine 3-D guns to fiction

As I read the article about the fight for allowing the technical specs of how to make a 3-D gun to be released, all I could think of was a classic Clint Eastwood movie in which the assassin was going to use a wooden gun to kill the president.

So many times predictions from movies, music and literature have somehow found a way to come true. Let’s not encourage another one so easily.

James Jones, Tampa

Voters will decide whether to modify
parks, waterfront | Aug. 10

Don’t unwind protections

I support Tampa Bay Watch and would gladly vote to provide a long lease for their Marine Education Center at the new Pier. However, I am uncomfortable voting in favor of a blanket doubling of the maximum lease term (from five years to 10) for the entire north side of the Pier approach.

There is a reason our city charter has such a restrictive lease requirement. It’s to discourage over-development of the waterfront park system. Each project requiring a longer than compliant lease term should be subject to its own referendum (e.g., the Dali Museum).

Blanket modifications of the city charter, as they relate to our waterfront parks, are likely to lead to unintended consequences.

Hal Freedman, St. Petersburg

Aerial art to billow at Pier | Aug. 3

Not sold on Echelman work

Call it what you will, but an upside-down parachute of colorful silk blowing in the breeze is neither "art" to me nor a "sculpture." Not unless I become senile and as gullible as whoever else wants to call that a sculpture, pay hundreds of thousands of dollars (or was it millions?), and hang it like a line of colorful laundry at a popular, waterfront park.

I am reminded automatically of the "Emperor’s New Clothes" — if you say it is a sculpture and call it art, we all concur and clap our hands with glee. In fact, it is a gross distraction from what is truly beautiful: the natural beauty around us that didn’t cost a million dollars.

What foolishness is this?

LJ Phillips, Brooksville

Concealed weapons permits

Job for law enforcement

Why is the Florida Department of Agriculture in charge of handling concealed carry permits? If the purpose is to determine who is fit to have one, shouldn’t that be the job of law enforcement?

Park Chapman, St. Petersburg


Thursday’s letters: Cigars are bad for your health

Tobacco rules don’t suit premium cigars | Editorial, Aug. 13Xyxyx xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxxxThe argument made in this editorial to exempt the premium cigar industry from FDA scrutiny is, in essence: They are not cheap, they are not fruit-flavored,...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/15/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Re: County authorizes takeover of SunWest Park | Aug. 10‘A poor idea from the startWith no fanfare whatsoever, we now have a new park that no one I know ever seems to use or even know where it is. If it is bringing hordes of tourists to our cou...
Published: 08/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Habitat should help the poor, not hurt them

Habitat lender choice blasted | Aug. 12Help, don’t hurt, poorAs a Habitat for Humanity admirer, donor and volunteer, I was disappointed to read how Habitat for Humanity’s Hillsborough County affiliate reportedly stumbled in delivering its mission...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18

Monday’s letters: A gun or a vote: danger is relative

‘I went off the deep end’ | Aug. 10A gun or a vote: danger is relativeAt the demonstrable risk of having someone lose his fragile temper, grab his guns, storm out his door and speed to my home to shoot me for saying so (and why NOT, Florida Legis...
Published: 08/10/18

Sunday’s letters: July’s letter of the month is ‘Time for more civil debate.’

July letter of the monthTime for more civil debate"Politics" is an activity which involves power and control, arriving at decisions based on differing interests. Normally, leaders weigh the needs of the individual with the abilities of the country. C...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Saturday’s letters: A team effort made USF preeminent

USF and preeminenceA team effort vaulted USF The University of South Florida’s designation as a preeminent state research university is a prestigious accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work of faculty, staff and students and USF System Presiden...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Friday’s letters: Don’t let pollution be our legacy

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8Brown can’t be the new greenThis headline should have said "Republicans continue to pave their way across Florida, pollute the water supply and destroy animals and their habitat." The Republicans have controlled Tal...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18

Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies

Mother: Dead girl now ‘pure’ | Aug. 7Two tragediesThis is another tragedy of a parent who became overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for an autistic child. But an equally bad sequence of events is likely to happen in the days and months t...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Aug. 10

Jacqueline Road being misusedI have issued complaints to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, traffic division and also a letter to the sheriff and have had very little positive response.We have an issue on Jacqueline Road with speeding vehicles and...
Published: 08/06/18

Monday’s letters: Enough with praise for Pier sculpture

Aerial art to billow at Pier | Aug. 3Pier art: boon or boondoggle?Well, finally! The Janet Echelman sculpture project has been approved. The dust has settled and now, at the cost of $2.8 million an over-priced, glorified flag will be flapping ove...
Published: 08/03/18