Thursday, September 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Fewer rounds, fewer deaths

Why the AR-15 has millions in its corner
March 2

Fewer rounds, fewer deaths

Against all logic, Linda Fox said in this article that five- and 10-round magazines would be much more dangerous because they were less prone to jamming. Do we really want the lives of our children to rest on the hope that the killer’s magazine will jam? Be serious.

What’s more, the U.S. military has used 30-round magazines since the AR-15 family of weapons was introduced over 50 years ago and I have never heard an outcry against them for jamming. The simple fact is that the more times a killer has to change magazines the greater the chances that he will be stopped before he can get very far.

Five rounds is more than adequate for hunting and should be the limit for recreational shooting.

John Chandler, Largo

The high cost of ‘fun’

The article explaining why people like the AR-15 was interesting. Most people like the gun because it is easy to use and it is fun. Seventeen people died in protecting these owners’ "fun." I have many hobbies — sewing, knitting, bicycling, jet skiing. If I was made aware that giving up one (or even all) of my hobbies could possibly save the life of one child I would never do it again. I would ask owners of AR-15 weapons to view their ownership from a different perspective.

Ann Jamieson, Tarpon Springs

‘A major step’ toward recovery | March 1

Florida’s gun problem

The Times’ front-page picture was of three policemen lined up greeting and shaking hands with returning students. I am sure that the students, parents, teachers and staff were all grateful for the show of support and the, for the moment, assurance that should a shooter show up that these professionals would be on hand to resolve the issue quickly and effectively.

But is this what it’s going to take to protect our schools? A fully armed tactical defense squad? This raises the insane concept of arming teachers. The men in the photo are professionals and are theoretically trained in assessing and resolving a threatening situation. I don’t see how schools are going to adequately train teachers and staff to the same level of shooting and tactical decisionmaking skills that we expect our professional police forces to have.

I am not convinced that throwing more guns at the problem solves anything. The "gun problem" that Florida has is going to bite Floridians where it really hurts: tourism. It’s no secret that the international opinion of Florida’s insane gun craze is very low, and now certainly not improving. At a time when tourism is peaking, Florida may have reached its tipping point.

Bill McManus, Oldsmar

Teachers’ pay lags

While I strongly agree that school security and providing counselors/mental help professionals are needed, the continued aspect of education that is continually pushed aside is teacher pay. Florida teachers rank in the bottom 25 percent nationally for pay equity. We expect more from them every day, with no pay increase. Dare I ask legislators to raise the sales tax and earmark all those monies just for public schools?

Robin Biloski, Madeira Beach


Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Monday’s letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Saturday’s letters: The Constitution’s promise to promote the ‘general welfare’ includes health

Medicare for All is a path to ruin | Letter, Sept. 14‘General welfare’ includes healthThe preamble of the U.S. Constitution states that in order to form a more perfect union, several things needed to be assured. One of those is to "promote the ge...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Friday’s letters: Medicare for All might lead to Medicare for None

Nelson cautious on Gillum views | Sept. 12Medicare for All is a path to ruinThe utopian idea of Medicare for All being free health care with all the trimmings is a hoax. Sooner or later, the resources required to pay for this single-payer system ...
Published: 09/11/18
Updated: 09/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7

Re: Pedestrian deaths rising again | Sept. 7This is no surpriseIt is surprising that more people aren’t killed trying to cross U.S. 19 on foot.I often cross U.S. 19 at Flora to get to Home Depot or Holiday Mower. This involves first looking back...
Published: 09/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Genshaft made USF a first choice for top students

Genshaft legacy isa stronger USF | Editorial, Sept. 11Genshaft made USF a first choiceTampa Bay is a significantly stronger business community due to the leadership of retiring USF President Judy Genshaft. With degrees from Davidson and Duke, I m...
Published: 09/07/18
Updated: 09/11/18