Tuesday, June 19, 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


Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
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Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18