Monday, September 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deception
April 13, commentary

Schools’ role undermined

It was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of citizens have an appreciation for democratic values and the skills to be productive members of society. Article IX of the Florida Constitution declares, "The education of children is a fundamental value of the people of the state of Florida … the funding of which should be appropriated only to the support and maintenance of free public school."

How far we have come from the vision of founders of both our nation and our state, that now we must pick over specific words in a constitutional amendment meant to deceive us into giving a good portion of that hard-earned money to "corporate charter school profiteers."

The author suggests letting the members of the Constitution Revision Commission know that we are not happy. We can also, of course, turn out to vote and defeat it. Perhaps one additional step would help: Please, Times editors, keep reminding us of this important piece of revision as we prepare for the November ballot.

Anne Bowman, Odessa

Target Assad himself | April 13, commentary

Into the quagmire?

Bret Stephens beats the tocsin for a full-scale air offensive against the Syrian military, perhaps even taking out Bashar Assad himself in punishment for his use of poison gas against his own people. What if an air offensive fails to achieve Stephens’ stated goal of defanging Assad? What then? Do we follow up with a full-scale ground invasion involving the whole of the American military like the Desert Storm offensive that toppled Saddam Hussein? How long do we stay afterward? What like-minded replacement thug or what group of screaming fanatics takes over after Assad?

President Donald Trump is spot-on in his desire to get out of and stay out of the Middle Eastern quagmire.

Robert Beatty, Tampa

Comey’s memoir pulls no punches
April 13

Speak out on the abuses

To quote former FBI director James Comey: "What is happening now is not normal. It is not fake news. It is not okay. … It is … wrong to stand idly by, or worse, to stay silent when you know better while a president brazenly seeks to undermine public confidence in law enforcement institutions that were established to keep our leaders in check."

I am speaking out and doing what is necessary as a citizen, and I implore you, Rep. Vern Buchanan, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Bill Nelson, to not stay silent during these attacks by our president as he seeks to undermine democratic institutions for no other purpose than to protect himself.

Darlene McConnell, Ruskin


Saturday’s letters: We need stats that reflect our lives

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18We need stats that reflect our livesMajor news outlets have uniformly declared the U.S. economy to be sizzling, on fire. This column was correct in wanting us to take a second, hard l...
Published: 09/21/18

Monday’s letters: Dr. Robert Judson made great contributions to Pasco-Hernando State College

A pioneer in Pasco-Hernando education | Sept. 19Robert Judson pushed education forwardI had the pleasure of working with the late Dr. Robert Judson, the former president of what is now known as Pasco-Hernando State College, for many years. During...
Published: 09/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Inequality hurts democracy

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18Democracy needs equalityEconomic inequality and the concentration of wealth have achieved levels beyond the comprehension of most American wage earners today. Income inequality has ri...
Published: 09/21/18

Friday’s letters: Florida’s workers aren’t reaping benefits of a booming economy

Scott didn’t put them to work | Sept. 16Florida workers not reaping the benefitsFlorida has just surpassed a GDP of $1 trillion. However, workers in Florida are not reaping the rewards. A new report released by anti-poverty organization Ox...
Published: 09/21/18

Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

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...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

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: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
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