Monday, August 13, 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

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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...
Updated: 9 hours ago

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...
Updated: 10 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Regain respect for the opinions of others

‘In the belly of the beast’ | Aug. 2Respect the opinions of othersWatching President Donald Trump’s latest rally in Tampa, I once again witnessed a shameful exhibition of hatred and discord. I saw those who mocked a CNN reporter with vulgar chant...
Published: 08/01/18
Updated: 08/02/18