Thursday, August 16, 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


Thursday’s letters: Cigars are bad for your health

Tobacco rules don’t suit premium cigars | Editorial, Aug. 13Xyxyx xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxxxThe argument made in this editorial to exempt the premium cigar industry from FDA scrutiny is, in essence: They are not cheap, they are not fruit-flavored,...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/15/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Re: County authorizes takeover of SunWest Park | Aug. 10‘A poor idea from the startWith no fanfare whatsoever, we now have a new park that no one I know ever seems to use or even know where it is. If it is bringing hordes of tourists to our cou...
Published: 08/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Habitat should help the poor, not hurt them

Habitat lender choice blasted | Aug. 12Help, don’t hurt, poorAs a Habitat for Humanity admirer, donor and volunteer, I was disappointed to read how Habitat for Humanity’s Hillsborough County affiliate reportedly stumbled in delivering its mission...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18

Monday’s letters: A gun or a vote: danger is relative

‘I went off the deep end’ | Aug. 10A gun or a vote: danger is relativeAt the demonstrable risk of having someone lose his fragile temper, grab his guns, storm out his door and speed to my home to shoot me for saying so (and why NOT, Florida Legis...
Published: 08/10/18

Sunday’s letters: July’s letter of the month is ‘Time for more civil debate.’

July letter of the monthTime for more civil debate"Politics" is an activity which involves power and control, arriving at decisions based on differing interests. Normally, leaders weigh the needs of the individual with the abilities of the country. C...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Saturday’s letters: A team effort made USF preeminent

USF and preeminenceA team effort vaulted USF The University of South Florida’s designation as a preeminent state research university is a prestigious accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work of faculty, staff and students and USF System Presiden...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Friday’s letters: Don’t let pollution be our legacy

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8Brown can’t be the new greenThis headline should have said "Republicans continue to pave their way across Florida, pollute the water supply and destroy animals and their habitat." The Republicans have controlled Tal...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18

Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies

Mother: Dead girl now ‘pure’ | Aug. 7Two tragediesThis is another tragedy of a parent who became overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for an autistic child. But an equally bad sequence of events is likely to happen in the days and months t...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Aug. 10

Jacqueline Road being misusedI have issued complaints to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, traffic division and also a letter to the sheriff and have had very little positive response.We have an issue on Jacqueline Road with speeding vehicles and...
Published: 08/06/18

Monday’s letters: Enough with praise for Pier sculpture

Aerial art to billow at Pier | Aug. 3Pier art: boon or boondoggle?Well, finally! The Janet Echelman sculpture project has been approved. The dust has settled and now, at the cost of $2.8 million an over-priced, glorified flag will be flapping ove...
Published: 08/03/18