Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Getting women into the construction trades

Skilled labor is hard to find | Aug. 30

Hiring women in construction jobs

The shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry is real, but it also offers young people and career changers the opportunity to make a living wage and start a career, not just a job, in an exciting, fast-moving industry. The Tampa chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction is actively addressing construction workforce development in the Tampa Bay area through education, support and service. Our educational outreach programs build interest by introducing elementary and middle school students to the career opportunities available in construction. Our scholarship program builds futures by offering college and vocational scholarships to young women and men studying construction-related careers. Through our national foundation, the NAWIC Education Foundation, we build marketable skills with adult education programs and certifications teaching construction-specific skills. We also help build our local community by sponsoring work days and providing financial support to benefit local nonprofits. By living out our core purpose to enhance the success of women in the construction industry, we help to build the construction workforce this community needs.

Britt Galipault, St. Petersburg

The writer is vice president of National Association of Women in Construction, Tampa Chapter No. 36.

Many voted, and undervoted | Aug. 31

Don’t vote if you don’t know

The idea that all voters should vote in all races makes sense only if those voters are informed to the point that they have reached a somewhat considered opinion of whom to vote for in every single race. To the contrary, voters who have not had the opportunity to satisfactorily educate themselves about any given race should indeed skip that race, rather than taking a "shot in the dark." The alternative, which we know to be a very real phenomenon, is elections based upon an emotional response to the sound of a name, having nothing to do with the person who bears that name.

John Day, St. Petersburg

What my mother said | Letter, Aug. 31

Hear, see, speak and vote

As far as I know, the term "monkey" as used in recent politics has only been applied when referring to people of color such as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as adviser Valerie Jarrett. So I say if "monkey this up" is a slur, turn it into a slogan, a rallying cry for change. See No Evil: See a brighter future for all. Hear No Evil: Hear ideas to solve the state’s problems around poverty, lack of medical and mental health care, underfunded schools and correctional facilities, gun violence, a failing infrastructure and environmental challenges. Speak No Evil: Speak truth. This is one old white lady who fully intends to "monkey this up" by supporting as the next governor of Florida the sole individual who addresses these concerns: Andrew Gillum.

Joan Costello, Clearwater

The culture war is on | The Left/Right File, Sept. 3

What would Jesus do?

The evangelicals being targeted by the Trump fear campaign needn’t worry about losing everything they’ve worked for during the midterms. They should worry instead about abandoning the teachings of their savior, who preached against violence, bigotry and hatred.

Dennis Bush, Tampa


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...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Column: We’re measuring the economy all wrong

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the official economic statistics — the ones that fill news stories, television shows and presidential tweets — say that the U.S. economy is fully recovered.The unemployment rate is lower tha...
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

Sunday’s letters: Bill Maxwell’s column reminds us how far we have yet to go

Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/07/18