Sunday, June 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Another Trump pick goes down in flames

Drug czar nominee withdraws | Oct. 18

Another pick down in flames

So another of Donald Trumpís picks for an important post in his administration goes down in flames. Having Tom Marino in the role of drug czar was assigning the fox to guard the henhouse. I wonder if Trump will thank the dishonest media or fake news agencies for their good work in sorting out this situation?

Trump continues to insist that Marino is such a wonderful fellow ó thatís about him downplaying the tendency he has shown for choosing people to be on his team who are incompetent or disqualified. The list of names to date is long. Hiring the best people was supposed to be one of Trumpís main leadership skills. Not so much.

Jonathan K. Jaberg, Largo

Anthem protests

Saying goodbye to NFL

To the Glazer family and the other NFL owners: After witnessing your weak-kneed support of multimillion-dollar crybabies who disrespect the flag, the anthem and the veterans, of which I am one, it is time for me to change the channel or spend time with family. I am done with the NFL games and their sponsors until you control the playing field. My wife is ecstatic.

Carl Tamborello, Seffner

Tax plan boosts family incomes | Oct. 17, commentary

Benefits skew to wealthy

Rep. Daniel Webster argues that President Donald Trumpís tax plan is about helping working Americans. But nonpartisan analysts have estimated that 50 percent of the tax benefits will go to the top 1 percent, and that the plan will add $5.5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years.

While these estimates can be debated, the telltale sign that the Trump tax plan is geared to the rich is the proposed repeal of the estate tax. Webster argues that the so-called "death tax" is un-American because it discourages saving wealth for children and grandchildren, but in truth it is perhaps the most American element of the tax code. It prevents the accumulation of wealth in rich families that led to the perpetuation of aristocratic European governments from which most of our Founding Fathers fled.

Abolishing the estate tax favors only the very wealthy and will leave a greater share of the total tax burden on working taxpayers.

Doug Robison, St. Petersburg

Puerto Rico

Honorable service

President Donald Trumpís disrespect for the people of Puerto Rico is mind-boggling. Puerto Ricans have fought in every American conflict since World War I. Nine Puerto Ricans have been awarded the Medal of Honor. The island has lost a larger percentage of its population in Iraq than the state of New York.

It is ludicrous for the president, a resident of New York City, to lecture Puerto Rico about the islandís debt. Four of his businesses have declared bankruptcies, and the federal government in the mid í70s bailed out New York City to the tune of $2.4 billion.

John Burrell, Tampa


Mondayís letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Fridayís letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Raysí new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursdayís letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

ĎZero toleranceí ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years Iíve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administrationís policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesdayís letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesdayís letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, itís a fatherís gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Bidenís recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando Countyís 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.Whoís 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

Mondayís 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 donít care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as Ďbiblicalí | 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

Saturdayís 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 Countyís foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18