Saturday, April 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: On energy, nation should look forward, not backward

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


Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18