Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Bring back the ferry, kick-start transit

Cross bay, but who’ll pay? | June 8

Ferry could be a gateway to transit

It’s great news that St. Petersburg is committed to bringing back the world class cross bay ferry service. What a common-sense and practical thing to do in order to ease us into a region-wide transit system.

If funding is still an issue, why don’t the major sports teams and other organizations help fund it? Certainly, baseball and hockey fans will use a ferry that gets them to the venue without a car, as will concert and event attendees at Amalie Arena. Rays fans will benefit regardless of their location on either side of the bay.

While we’re at it, I sure hope that contingency plans are being developed to install a ferry station at the end of the new Pier. And if we restore the downtown streetcar in St. Pete like Tampa is doing, we will have a 15-to-20-mile long transit line, without raising taxes, when we connect the ferry line to the streetcars.

Jeannie Cline, St. Petersburg

Vote centers could sprout
for elections | June 5

Keep ballot access a priority

I understand that changing from neighborhood voting sites to regional ones might be more cost effective, but I am concerned that we are again disenfranchising low-income voters without transportation, particularly black and Hispanic voters, as well as some seniors who no longer drive.

A better solution, if Florida wants to cut costs, would be having everyone vote by mail, like Oregon, Washington and Colorado. This provides everyone with an equal opportunity to vote, whether they have transportation or not, and would be far more cost-effective than staffing polling places for early voting and election day.

M. Diane Hodson, St. Petersburg

Declining fertility rate worrisome | June 4

Overpopulation is problem

I found this editorial disturbing. When I was born 66 years ago in 1952 the population of the U.S. was around 156 million and the world population was around 2.6 billion. This year the population of the U.S. is around 329 million and the world’s is around 7.6 billion. Lack of people is not the problem.

I believe too many people is the root cause of most of our problems — climate change, loss of wildlife habit and urban sprawl to name a few. It is true that the change in demographics can cause other problems. But we are still a country to which people want to immigrate. We just need to pick immigrants who are young and productive and add value to the tax base.

Brad Stern, Clearwater

Death of Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain opened eyes, minds

I don’t have an idol, but Anthony Bourdain was as close to one for me as they come. While his show, "Parts Unknown," may have glorified unique cuisine, it was really about people and culture. He used food as a means of meeting new people and listening to their stories only to find we’re more alike than different.

One of his recent shows about West Virginia was eye-opening for me as it took me out of my bubble and showed me what people there struggle with daily.

I aspire to try all food, meet all walks of life, and listen to amazing stories. Bourdain made a living doing just that and educated us all.

Lucas Levine, Bradenton


Wednesday’s 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...
Updated: 2 hours ago

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: 10 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