Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

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

Trumpís plan: to drill | Jan. 5

Donít 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 weíre 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 Trumpís 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

Legislature

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 Unís. And he claims itís 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

Comments

Wednesday’s letters: A caravan moves north amid many hopes, questions and fears

Here are Wednesday’s letters to the editor
Updated: 4 hours ago

Monday’s letters: Lifelong Republican is fed up

Readers join the conversation on court picks, Clearwater mayor
Published: 10/22/18

Sunday’s letters: Threat of entitlement cuts was predictable

Readers join the conversation about the deficit, the return of the ferry and more
Published: 10/20/18

Saturday’s letters: Vote no on all the CRC’s proposed amendments

Readers join the conversation about the upcoming elections and more
Published: 10/20/18

Friday’s letters: Why a strong mayor makes sense for Clearwater

No on strong mayor | Editorial, Oct. 11A strong mayor for ClearwaterI have lived in Clearwater for nearly 45 years, and I believe in democracy. I believe our city should be led by an elected, full-time, term-limited mayor who is directly accounta...
Published: 10/18/18

Wednesday’s letters: Amendment 11 could save inmates from old, unduly harsh sentences

No on all of the other amendments | Editorial, Oct. 1Amendment 11 rights a wrongI fear that the Times editorial board recommendation to vote no on Amendment 11 missed the significance and value of the proposal. Voters are asked to modify the ȁ...
Published: 10/16/18

Tuesday’s letters: Natural gas is not a good replacement for coal

Opposition to natural gas shortsighted | Editorial, Oct. 13Natural gas is no better than coalAccording to the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, carbon emissions must decline to about 45 percent of 2010 levels over...
Published: 10/15/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Oct. 19

Writer: Trapping and releaseing feral cats not the answer
Published: 10/15/18

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Saturday’s letters: Don’t be silent about domestic violence
Published: 10/12/18

Monday’s letters: Sports entertains, and politics defines, not the other way around

Monday’s letters to the editor
Published: 10/12/18