Friday, June 22, 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


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Updated: 23 minutes ago

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

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

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18