Monday, April 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Plot a humane path for immigrants

Finding a way to legal status | Jan. 26, letter

Plot humane path for immigrants

The letter writer suggests that the "Dreamers" who are illegal immigrants through no fault of their own should "show respect for the country" that has provided them U.S. citizen benefits throughout their lives by "lawfully applying and adhering to U.S. citizenship guidelines."

I suspect that had this option been legally available to the Dreamers they would have jumped at the chance. The problem is that since the Dreamers’ parents are illegal immigrants, the only way the Dreamers can apply for citizenship is through obtaining a green card. Unfortunately, Dreamers are not eligible for green card status unless they apply from outside the country. So they are in a Catch-22 position.

They’ve lived here most of their lives, and many of them cannot return to "their country" for various reasons — some of them political. The writer offers a solution for those children under 18 who are illegal immigrants due to having been brought here by their undocumented parents: that they can be "given amnesty and begin the process to legally reside here." That is a humane and sane solution that should be offered to children of undocumented immigrants regardless of age.

Jane Young, Tampa

Hard work to build a life | Jan. 24, letter

Get in line, legally

What the letter writer has missed is that the rightful animus in this country is not because of legal immigration; it is because of rampant illegal immigration. The biased media has falsely, euphemistically labeled the children of illegal aliens as "Dreamers" to soften their illegality.

When illegal alien parents are not held responsible for their illegal alien children’s immigration, it only fosters more illegal immigration lawlessness. Please, get in line and do it the right way and you will be welcomed, but please don’t come here illegally and then whine to Congress to make you legal, because that won’t be welcomed.

James Wisner, Tampa

Drones spark concerns | Jan. 22

A tool for terrorists

Just a few thousand dollars can buy a fully equipped drone that has the capability of being programmed to take off at a predetermined time, travel a specific route and arrive at a fixed destination to deliver its payload.

Picture a drone landing on a school bus, hovering over a crowded event, or following a parade. Law enforcement is helpless in disrupting its mission.

An incident involving multiple drones, creating havoc in different cities, all at the same exact time, will create total chaos and be just another example of how vulnerable we really are.

Bob Scher, Wimauma

Region needs real transit, not marketing
Jan. 26, editorial

Leaders keep dithering

I have seen a video from China in which a train station was built in nine hours. I have also seen a city and an area that should be great fail to meet the most basic benchmarks for public transportation.

Is it any wonder Tampa didn’t make round two with Amazon when our politicians dither for years over what the Chinese can accomplish before lunch?

Harrison Goforth, Largo


Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Updated: 1 hour ago

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...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

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