Thursday, June 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Climate change is No. 1 issue

Mayor’s race

Climate change

is the top issue

If I were a resident of St. Petersburg and getting ready to vote for mayor, what would be the most important thing on my mind? Getting a new Publix in the neighborhood? Nice, but not No. 1. Reducing crime? It’s on everyone’s list, right up there with fixing the sewers, but still not No. 1 in my book.

No, the top issue for me is climate change. And no one can tell me it doesn’t belong in the dialogue of local politics. Climate change affects the residents of St. Petersburg today, tomorrow and their descendants for hundreds of years to come. It could make our planet uninhabitable for humans and animals alike.

And this newspaper recognizes that. Reading the paper Friday morning, the Times editorial page criticized President Donald Trump’s pick for NASA for not accepting climate change. And on the same page the Times also criticized Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, as someone who questions man-made climate change. I totally agree. Their opinions on climate change render them unqualified to be leaders of NASA and the EPA.

But the same Times editorial page recommends, guess who, for mayor of St. Petersburg? Local climate change skeptic Rick Baker. The St. Petersburg Sustainability Council is a local nonprofit that includes members of the Suncoast Sierra Club. They are critical of Baker’s views on climate change and worried about the ramifications of another Baker administration. So am I.

Baker admits that the climate is changing but says he doesn’t know what’s causing it. He’s only parroting a familiar Republican theme. Just like governor Rick Scott, Baker is not a scientist. So, Mr. Baker, why not just ask one?

John Polivick, Oldsmar

Void found in pyramid may be nothing | Nov. 3

Nothing to see here

Times’ headline writers have come up with yet another strong, chortle-producing entry in this year’s competition for inadvertent humor with this headline, "Void found in pyramid may be nothing."

While there is little doubt that "void" and "nothing" are the same, apparently there is good reason to speculate that the recently discovered void was deliberately left by the pyramid’s builders in order to reduce the weight above its burial chambers so as to protect them from collapsing, as the article subsequently explains.

Fred Kalhammer, Sun City Center

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Updated: 06/20/18

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Updated: 06/19/18

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Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

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Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

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Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

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Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

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Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

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Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

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Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18