Friday, October 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9

The right ideas, cash still needed

The administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of students in underperforming schools. Focusing on a comprehensive offering of preschool options seems to be critical. We all know that the foundation established in the first year of school is key to a child’s lifelong attitude toward education. But finding the money will be a challenge due to the Legislature’s habit of underfunding public schools. The effects of this annually repeated shortage currently include former allies pitted against each other as the teachers union and the administration struggle with base funding inadequate to provide a fair salary schedule and periodic raises and underfunding of transportation expenses, forcing the unhappy move to three busing shifts, wonderfully efficient financially but a nightmare to parents. In November, voters can elect legislators willing to make the hard decisions necessary to adequately fund public schools.

Richard Warrener, Odessa

Longo: Rays should move | May 11

So Longo

My family and I have shared Rays season tickets since Year One. A lifelong baseball fan, I have never taken the Rays for granted, successes or failures aside. The Tampa Bay area now has 3 million people or 28 percent more than in 2000. With such growth, I would expect many 1998 preschoolers, now adults, in the fan base. This hasn’t happened. If the Rays built the greatest stadium in the best location anywhere in Tampa Bay, I fear that team support would still be woeful. It is sad, but I must conclude that having the Rays here is a failed effort. (Prove me wrong, fans!) Still, I plan to watch the Rays until they are Longonia.

Dave Bremm, Seminole

Bigger than baseball

Evan Longoria has $86 million remaining on his contract, while the average wage in Tampa Bay’s huge service sector is $26,305. Our area faces large deficits affecting our schools, our mental health facilities, our prisons and the environment. Longoria feels there needs to be more cheering fans at the games, for what purpose, a higher salary for the players, the owners, or just to make him feel good? There is a growing tide of sentiment that taxpayers want our tax dollars to go to services that enrich our lives daily. I hope that California makes Longoria feel more loved because we have bigger issues at hand.

Diane Pearson, Dunedin

School security vs. cost | May 11

Let the NRA pay

I didn’t know what all the fuss is about. The answer to the question of payment for the new school security effort is obvious. The NRA should be more than willing and eager to pay for all expenses.

Gary Washe, Tarpon Springs

Net neutrality

An open internet

Net neutrality is important to me. I don’t think giant companies should be allowed to restrict or slow down network traffic. The United States has poorer internet coverage and slower speeds than many countries, yet we pay more and it will only get worse.

Pamela Rathmell, Venice


Friday’s letters: Why a strong mayor makes sense for Clearwater

No on strong mayor | Editorial, Oct. 11A strong mayor for ClearwaterI have lived in Clearwater for nearly 45 years, and I believe in democracy. I believe our city should be led by an elected, full-time, term-limited mayor who is directly accounta...
Published: 10/18/18

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

Monday’s letters to the editor
Published: 10/12/18

Sunday’s letters: Join a civic association today

These are Sunday’s letters to the editor
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