Friday, May 25, 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

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Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Updated: 9 hours ago

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18