Monday, May 28, 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


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18