Monday, July 23, 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


Monday’s letters: More reaction to Trump

Trump sides with Putin over U.S.A. | July 17 editorialVoters will have to protect national securityThe American intelligence agencies are in unanimous agreement that Russia involved itself in the 2016 election, all to benefit the candidacy of Dona...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Sunday’s letters: What to do about the National Flood Insurance Program

Time’s running out on flood insurance | Column, July 18Kill the flood insurance programThe Republican ethos (Sen. Marco Rubio) is that government should not interfere in markets and that privatization should be implemented whenever possible. That...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Saturday’s letters:

Time for more civil debate"Politics" is an activity which involves power and control, arriving at decisions based on differing interests. Normally, leaders weigh the needs of the individual with the abilities of the country. Can America afford a soci...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Friday’s letters: Trump’s excuses about Helsinki

Trump got tripped up | July 18 A dangerous mix-up for a president President Donald Trump would have us believe that he misspoke when he stood on the world stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed belief in Putin rather than the un...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Thursday’s letters: Watch what Trump does ... and what he says

Trump sides with Putinover U.S.A. | Editorial, July 17 Watch what he does — and what he says, too Anyone who still takes issue with the allegation that Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president need only look at his shameful and ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Leave fireworks to the professionals

Nobody is scaring birds with fireworks | Editorial, July 16Leave fireworksto the professionalsThe situation with fireworks has gotten completely out of control. I was at Curtis Hixon Park on the Fourth of July, and numerous people were exploding ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/17/18

Monday’s letters: Make investment in the Rays an actual investment with an actual return

Paying for ballpark will take teamwork | Editorial, July 12An actual return on investmentMuch attention has been given to the cost of the proposed Rays stadium in Ybor City and who will foot the bill. The three-legged stool of the Rays, the busin...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/16/18

Sunday’s letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Florida’s land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Don’t burn sugar cane, periodIn this column, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King got a lot of things right about how sugarcane burning negatively impacts the Glades communities w...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Saturday’s letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11The dangerous days before RoeI am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Thursday’s letters: The Rays’ Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11The new stadium will be gorgeousI had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18