Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Owners, players, league must step up

Ballpark dreams need real money | Oct. 26

Don’t hand bill to taxpayers

It’s time for the players, owners and league to step up to the plate. Taxpayers can no longer afford to fund a $1 billion stadium for sports teams to play a game in which a small percentage of the taxpaying population participates. It’s time for the players and owners, with their multimillion-dollar contracts and salaries, to put up the "real money" for their own stadium. After all, they benefit from taxpayer dollars for their windfall through ticket sales, parking, concessions, sportswear and memorabilia.

It’s time that they support themselves the way the taxpayers have since baseball began.

Ken Gagliano, Clearwater

Public transport lacking

Tampa Bay ballpark dreams don’t need "real money." They need convenient public transport — an easy way to get to the ballgame. Our meager bus services don’t cut it at all. As long as people have to drive everywhere around Tampa Bay, we will always be a second-rate metropolitan area. We can’t keep adding traffic lanes forever.

They can build a world-class stadium, but as long as it is a miserable hassle driving to it, the Rays will play to puny crowds.

Pete Wilford, Holiday

Promising Rays stadium site | Oct. 26, editorial

Site needs more space

The idea of locating a baseball stadium in Ybor City is insane. Anyone who has watched the recent World Series pregame activities has surely been awed by the aerial views over Dodger Stadium. These views showed the parking areas to be at least twice the size of the stadium.

Now imagine a parking lot for an Ybor City baseball stadium. A parking lot with footprint even just twice the size of the imagined stadium would likely affect Adamo Drive, the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Nuccio Parkway, the Sparkman Ybor Channel, the railroad line to Union Station and possibly even historic 7th Avenue through Ybor City and Hillsborough Community College.

Our elected officials need to open their eyes and see more than a home plate, a pitcher’s mound and base lines.

Richard Formica, Tampa

Why the public distrusts Clinton | Oct. 27, letter

Claims don’t hold up

This letter contains claims against Hillary Clinton that has shown to be false. Clinton, as secretary of state, did not participate in the board that reviewed foreign investment in critical resources, such as uranium. State was represented by Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez, who stated that Clinton "never intervened" in committee matters. Also, the uranium controlled by Uranium One never left the United States and could not as there was no export licence held by the company. Also, the bulk of the $145 million donation ($131 million) to the Clinton Foundation came from one donor, Frank Guistra, who had sold off his entire stake in Uranium One three years before the Russia deal, some 18 months before Clinton became secretary of state.

This letter is an example of continued extreme conservative charges against Clinton that have failed the truth test but continue to be reported by activists without regard to reality or fact checking.

Ian H. MacFarlane, St. Petersburg


Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Editorial cartoons from Times wires
Published: 09/18/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Column: We’re measuring the economy all wrong

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the official economic statistics — the ones that fill news stories, television shows and presidential tweets — say that the U.S. economy is fully recovered.The unemployment rate is lower tha...
Published: 09/17/18

Monday’s letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Saturday’s letters: The Constitution’s promise to promote the ‘general welfare’ includes health

Medicare for All is a path to ruin | Letter, Sept. 14‘General welfare’ includes healthThe preamble of the U.S. Constitution states that in order to form a more perfect union, several things needed to be assured. One of those is to "promote the ge...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Friday’s letters: Medicare for All might lead to Medicare for None

Nelson cautious on Gillum views | Sept. 12Medicare for All is a path to ruinThe utopian idea of Medicare for All being free health care with all the trimmings is a hoax. Sooner or later, the resources required to pay for this single-payer system ...
Published: 09/11/18
Updated: 09/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7

Re: Pedestrian deaths rising again | Sept. 7This is no surpriseIt is surprising that more people aren’t killed trying to cross U.S. 19 on foot.I often cross U.S. 19 at Flora to get to Home Depot or Holiday Mower. This involves first looking back...
Published: 09/10/18