Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10

Moore is not fit for public office

It is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons.

These include: racism, religious bigotry, homophobia, blatant disregard for the Constitution, being thrown off the bench for lawlessness (twice) and alleged illegal contact with minors, to name a few. Yet he can still be backed by many Republicans in government, so-called Christians and evangelicals (who apparently need to reread the Bible), and many in the public who say they don’t care and would vote for this repugnant man even if the accusations were true. This is sickening.

Bob Rushton, Land O’Lakes

Trump: Putin sincere | Nov. 12

Talk about gullible

So Russian President Vladimir Putin tells President Donald Trump in a five-second side meeting that he never, ever, cross his heart, did anything to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. And Trump goes on record saying he believes him! The president of the United States, leader of the Free World, believes what he is told by a man who was raised in Soviet Russia and is an adversary of America and its allies.

How long must we wait to stop this man?

Rick Ceaser, St. Petersburg

Bay area loses leader on transit | Nov. 10

The No. 1 drag on region

Your editorial lamenting HART CEO Katharine Eagan’s departure for greener transit pastures made salient points about our transit-starved region and the fundamentally misguided inertia that keeps it that way. I agree that too many view transit as a concession to the poor rather than a vital investment that benefits all of us.

Whether motivated by prejudice or just held back by provincial ignorance, the majority of our so-called leaders continue to show no inclination to prioritize transit over paving us to oblivion. The proposed expansion of Tampa’s urban interstate is not just an imminent danger to the fabric of our city; it is a primary obstacle to meaningful transit investment. Prioritizing new toll lanes is an opportunity cost that leaves little but lip service for transit. Don’t buy into the political hubris that we can do it all, including transit, with our meager funding. We can’t even avoid cutting back bus service. I’ve seen FDOT up close. I am convinced that their focus remains to pour ever-expanding concrete regardless of consequences. Their rebranding of TBX and studying of transit alternatives are merely appeasements to achieve that primary goal. We need our local leaders to wake up, bone up and assert control. Or we need new leaders.

Lack of transit is the No. 1 drag on our economic strength and livability. Continued growth without genuine transit urgency invites perpetual gridlock. The best and brightest people and companies won’t abide such misery. I love my city, but I empathize with Eagan’s wise decision to escape our dysfunction.

Andy Harris, Tampa

DMV orders 3 moms, kids: Wait outside
Nov. 11

Make accommodations

The treatment of moms and kids at the DMV being sent outside to wait for two hours is horrible. Two solutions come to mind. Have a special waiting area for them with some toys and books, or put them to the front of the line. Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t say that the DMV might need more employees so that nobody has to wait two hours to conduct their business.

Joan Hoffacker, Largo

Farewell ferry, for now | Nov. 10

Find a way to bring it back

It’s a shame the ferry’s future is in doubt. Here’s a request to all involved: Find the money and make it happen. Common sense tells us this is a great idea. The rider support was there and it was gaining passengers by the week.

Outside of the daily commuters who used it to get to work or others who used it to visit the other downtown on weekends, maybe try reaching out to the Rays. It could help shuttle more Tampa people to and from the games. And maybe reach out to the Lightning to help more St. Petersburg people get to and from Bolts games.

Shane Bell, St. Petersburg

Latvala takes polygraph | Nov. 10

Not impressed

Jack Latvala passed a polygraph test administered to him by his legal team? Now let him take a polygraph exam administered to him by police and see how he does.

John Waitman, Palm Harbor

Tampa Bay Rays

Stadium requirements

I have attended every major-league ballpark and understand the rationale for a new ballpark in Tampa. The Ybor City location, though not ideal, might work with a couple of costly additions. First, there needs to be a retractable roof to deal with heat, humidity and thunderstorms. Second, there needs to be parking structures at the corners of the stadium (like Marlins Park) because there is no mass transit and nowhere to park. Third, attendance may be only marginally higher than the Trop, because mass transportation is mandatory for it to be a success. (The trolley doesn’t count.)

Many will have a difficult time attending because of the abysmal traffic situation. While I like the Straz, I refuse to drive there. Wake up, Tampa Bay, and deal with root causes rather than petty politics.

Tom Yacko, Palm Harbor

Bay area’s weakest link? Talent | Nov. 12

Give employees flexibility

Robert Trigaux reports that Tampa has a thin bench of workforce talent, which stunts economic growth. Florida allows companies to insert anti-competitive clauses in its employment agreements. California prohibits this. Smart people will not relocate to an area where their careers may be stunted by restrictive employment agreements. California has Silicon Valley. Tampa has nice weather.

Nicholas E. Karatinos, Tampa


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...
Updated: 1 hour ago

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...
Updated: 10 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18