Saturday, August 18, 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 — right?

Council member Ed Montanari, my hat is off to you, the sole vote against this decision. While I’m not aware of all of Mr. Montanari’s 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

Putnam’s 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. Ruth’s 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 it’s the "stand your ground" law that’s 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? It’s either that Mr. Drejka had no business confronting someone illegally parking in a handicap zone, or it’s 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


Friday’s letters: I’ve lived in countries lacking a free press; you wouldn’t want to

Striving to keep truth flowingfor democracy | Editorial, Aug. 16I’ve lived in places lacking free pressMore than half my adult life I’ve lived, worked or studied in countries governed by dictators or authoritarian rulers in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ukr...
Published: 08/17/18

Monday’s letters: Why I left the Republican Party

Where is the blue wave of voters? | Aug. 14Why I left the Republican Party I clicked the button. Instantly I was no longer a Republican. I had believed we were experiencing a horrible hiccup in the history of the Grand Old Party. My party had sto...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Cigars are bad for your health

Tobacco rules don’t suit premium cigars | Editorial, Aug. 13Xyxyx xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxxxThe argument made in this editorial to exempt the premium cigar industry from FDA scrutiny is, in essence: They are not cheap, they are not fruit-flavored,...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/15/18

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...
Published: 08/13/18

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...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18

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