Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Enough with praise for Pier sculpture

Aerial art to billow at Pier | Aug. 3

Pier 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 over the new Pier District.

You can now rest easy, St. Petersburg residents and taxpayers. Evidently, this piece of art is going to have quite an impact on the community, according to Mayor Rick Kriseman. The advent of this floating piece of fabric will certainly lower property taxes, enhance education, repair infrastructure, lower the crime rate and help the affordable housing issues in your city ó right?

Council member Ed Montanari, my hat is off to you, the sole vote against this decision. While Iím not aware of all of Mr. Montanariís reasons for his vote, many of us could come up with just short of three millions reasons to vote against the project.

Philip Penrose, Gulfport

Putnamís charmed life
hits a few bumps | Aug. 3, column

Off-base portrayal of Putnam

Daniel Ruth is a talented and clever writer, but he clearly does not know Adam Putnam. Ruthís farcical take on Putnam did a disservice to them both.

Putnam is a fifth-generation Floridian. His family is known in Central Florida and throughout the state for their work ethic and integrity. Adam grew up on the family farm, learning the value of both from an early age.

Adam has dedicated his life to the betterment of his home state. He knows Florida as few others do. He understands our opportunities and our challenges. He recognizes the importance of our economy and our environment, and he has created and enacted policies that are good for both. He has the support of some of the toughest law enforcement leaders in the state.

Putnam is a proven leader, an innovative thinker and an honorable man. To me, those are the qualities that will move Florida forward in a positive direction, qualities that should be applauded, not mocked.

Jack Vogel, San Antonio

Blame the law, not the lawman | Aug. 3, column

Self-defense law got us here

Sue Carlton is spot-on pointing out that itís the "stand your ground" law thatís guilty in the recent killing incident in Clearwater, not those tasked with the impossible job of enforcing the hypocritical law.

Unfortunately, many of the public responses to this tragic incident focus on taking sides. Whose fault is it? Itís either that Mr. Drejka had no business confronting someone illegally parking in a handicap zone, or itís that Mr. McGlockton was being overly physical in defense of his girlfriend and family. Both bear responsibility. But this incident turned violent and deadly by adding a gun and the stand your ground law to the confrontation, and the result was a shooting, a death, and children left without a father.

Jon Crawfurd, Gulfport

Savings in session | Aug. 3

School safety for a bargain

When reading the list of items included in the tax-free back-to-school holiday, I was surprised by several items that are included. However I was amazed at seeing "fishing and hunting vests" on the list. At first I figured it was a giveaway by our legislators to a select group of voters, but then I saw the wisdom of including these items. Parents can now buy their children bullet-proof vests tax-free along with pencils and paper to get them ready for the school year.

Maybe some gun-control legislation would have helped, but as that is unlikely tax-free flak jackets are possibly the best we can hope for from Tallahassee.

Sam Levine, Tampa


Wednesday’s letters: Amendment 11 could save inmates from old, unduly harsh sentences

No on all of the other amendments | Editorial, Oct. 1Amendment 11 rights a wrongI fear that the Times editorial board recommendation to vote no on Amendment 11 missed the significance and value of the proposal. Voters are asked to modify the ȁ...
Published: 10/16/18

Tuesday’s letters: Natural gas is not a good replacement for coal

Opposition to natural gas shortsighted | Editorial, Oct. 13Natural gas is no better than coalAccording to the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, carbon emissions must decline to about 45 percent of 2010 levels over...
Published: 10/15/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Oct. 19

Writer: Trapping and releaseing feral cats not the answer
Published: 10/15/18

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Saturday’s letters: Don’t be silent about domestic violence
Published: 10/12/18

Monday’s letters: Sports entertains, and politics defines, not the other way around

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Published: 10/12/18

Sunday’s letters: Join a civic association today

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Published: 10/12/18

Friday’s letters: Sexual assault victims are focused on surviving, not taking notes

Melania Trump: Women accusing men should ‘show the evidence’, Oct. 10Sexual assault is often hard to report to policeFirst Lady Melania Trump expressed her view that sexual assault victims should have proof before making al...
Published: 10/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Admit the fact of climate change so you can fix it

Climate alliance | Oct. 9 Admit the problem before you can fix itThe day after the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warned of a climate catastrophe if unprecedented action is not taken to limit greenhouse ga...
Published: 10/10/18

Wednesday letters: Why the Humane Society of Tampa Bay supports Amendment 13 to phase out greyhound racing

These are Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
Published: 10/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Trump respects the justice system more than people think

Trump hails cops in Orlando | The Buzz, Oct. 8Trump is patientPresident Donald Trump continues to act with greater patience and respect for the justice system than he is given credit for. When accusations arose about Deputy Attorney General Rod R...
Published: 10/08/18