Tuesday, August 21, 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


Tuesday’s letters: Sculpture will be safe for the birds

Sculpture raises bird safety fears | Aug. 14Sculpture will be safe for the birdsIt’s gratifying and exciting to be moving ahead with the design of an outdoor sculpture for the Pier District in St. Petersburg. I want to thank the City Council, cit...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Aug. 24

Thanks and praiseI would like to say thank you and praise Michael Steele, who oversees code enforcement needs in Hernando County. This man has always been on top of enforcing the codes near us and deserves recognition for the fantastic and profession...
Published: 08/20/18

Friday’s letters: I’ve lived in countries lacking a free press; you wouldn’t want to

Striving to keep truth flowingfor democracy | Editorial, Aug. 16I’ve lived in places lacking free pressMore than half my adult life I’ve lived, worked or studied in countries governed by dictators or authoritarian rulers in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ukr...
Published: 08/17/18

Monday’s letters: Why I left the Republican Party

Where is the blue wave of voters? | Aug. 14Why I left the Republican Party I clicked the button. Instantly I was no longer a Republican. I had believed we were experiencing a horrible hiccup in the history of the Grand Old Party. My party had sto...
Published: 08/16/18
Updated: 08/17/18

Thursday’s letters: Cigars are bad for your health

Tobacco rules don’t suit premium cigars | Editorial, Aug. 13Xyxyx xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxxxThe argument made in this editorial to exempt the premium cigar industry from FDA scrutiny is, in essence: They are not cheap, they are not fruit-flavored,...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/15/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Re: County authorizes takeover of SunWest Park | Aug. 10‘A poor idea from the startWith no fanfare whatsoever, we now have a new park that no one I know ever seems to use or even know where it is. If it is bringing hordes of tourists to our cou...
Published: 08/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Habitat should help the poor, not hurt them

Habitat lender choice blasted | Aug. 12Help, don’t hurt, poorAs a Habitat for Humanity admirer, donor and volunteer, I was disappointed to read how Habitat for Humanity’s Hillsborough County affiliate reportedly stumbled in delivering its mission...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18

Monday’s letters: A gun or a vote: danger is relative

‘I went off the deep end’ | Aug. 10A gun or a vote: danger is relativeAt the demonstrable risk of having someone lose his fragile temper, grab his guns, storm out his door and speed to my home to shoot me for saying so (and why NOT, Florida Legis...
Published: 08/10/18

Sunday’s letters: July’s letter of the month is ‘Time for more civil debate.’

July letter of the monthTime 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. C...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Saturday’s letters: A team effort made USF preeminent

USF and preeminenceA team effort vaulted USF The University of South Florida’s designation as a preeminent state research university is a prestigious accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work of faculty, staff and students and USF System Presiden...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18