Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5
Don’t go backward on U.S. energy
Thinking the threat of oil drilling off our beautiful coasts was off the table, again it raises its ugly head.
Interestingly, from 2005-15 the U.S. reliance on petroleum imports fell from 60 percent to 25 percent of total consumption, while exports increased by over 300 percent. We are making automobiles more fuel-efficient as well as building electric vehicles. In the not too distant future the gas-powered automobile will be history.
This president has a penchant for ideas from the past, like his push for expanded coal mining, rather than promoting ideas that are on the runway to the future. He also must have a short memory, ignoring the results from the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon spill in the gulf over seven years ago that we’re still dealing with.
That disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a stark reminder not only of the perils of offshore oil drilling, but of the inevitable consequences of continuing dependence of fossil fuels. Please, Mr. President, begin to look to the future and not the past.
George Chase, St. Pete Beach
Good place for an oil rig
I am 100 percent behind President Donald Trump’s proposal to open more areas to offshore drilling. I would suggest that he start by placing the first platform 50 feet offshore directly in front of his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Steve Bellas, New Port Richey
This bill hurts women
A bill proposed in the 2017 Legislature, HB 25, affects education, nursing and other women-dominated fields.
Women comprise 90 percent of elementary teachers and 64 percent of secondary teachers, according to a 2016 Florida Department of Education report, but would have to comply with new certification rules and possible revocation of their bargaining units. Female nurses outnumber male nurses 15 to 1, and these women would also be included in the new restrictions. And while I respect our fine women law enforcement officers, corrections officers and firefighters, these male-dominated fields are exempt from this proposed law.
This bill is insidious in the way it carves out three fields in which the positions held are traditionally male and is nothing less than a thinly veiled attack on women. This has much more far-reaching effects than any lustful groping from our legislators.
Lorena Grizzle, Largo
Trump stokes book battle | Jan. 5
Battle of wits
The president tweets that his nuclear button is bigger than Kim Jong Un’s. And he claims it’s Steve Bannon who has lost his mind?
Jerry Kubal, Tampa
Two bugs put virtually all computers at risk Jan. 5
Make them pay
Outrageous! The latest bomb the tech industry has dropped on us poor users should have been prevented. I just hope there is a process for making those clowns pay.
John Chico, St. Petersburg