Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Updated: 9 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3Small businesses get tax reliefThe Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills. Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will deliver us the most powerful tax re...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17