Sunday, June 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 13

Re: Rays ask for Pasco’s support | April 6 column

Let’s see if I get this straight: Jason Woody expects us Pasco residents to drive to the Rays’ new stadium in Ybor City and park at the same time as 20,000-50,000 other fans, then, when the game is over, all drive off at the same time. This is, to put it mildly, a really awful idea. I can’t imagine anyone doing it more than once.

No baseball team in the Tampa Bay area is ever going to get enough fans in their stands to pay the bills until we get some serious mass transit — trolleys, light rail, high speed trains, subways, express buses, etc. We can’t keep widening streets and highways forever. Our traffic is already horrible and getting worse every year.

Pete Wilford, Holiday

I am a big Rays fan and live in Pasco. That being said, show me adequate, easily accessible, reasonably priced public transportation to Ybor City or show me easily accessible, reasonably priced public parking.

Carol Goodlin-Couture, New Port Richey

I read with great interest this article because, for one reason, as a relative newbie to the area, I am wondering how this new stadium is going to be built in the historic downtown area. Well, it seems that Sternberg (the Rays’ owner) has everyone convinced, from the fans to the politicians to the media, that all he needs is for a new stadium to be built at everyone else’s cost to put a World Series contender on the field. The presumption is that a new facility means sellouts (suggest somebody contact the Yankees, Mets and Marlins to see just how far off that idea is).

Meanwhile, the Rays are expecting Ybor city businesses to back this idiotic idea. It seems he wants the support of businesses and residents who are going to be displaced from the town. Just where do the Rays expect to come up with up to 80 acres to put a new facility?

As far as the demographics you quoted, I don’t question your figures, but we all know that numbers can be interpreted different ways. How are people supposed to get to a game? Interstate 4 and Interstate 275 and the various roadways from St. Pete already are a bottleneck. What about parking? Where are the parking lots going to be? There is no mass transit.

A question no one seems to address: Just how big a positive financial impact do the Rays have on the Tampa area?

Finally, who is going to pay for this atrocity? If Sternberg is so sure that all he needs is a new stadium to get attendance to put a winning team on the field, then why doesn’t he pay for the whole project?

I don’t plan on attending any games now and pay major league prices to see a minor league team and on top of that pay $20 to park and pay a $5 surcharge if I don’t buy a ticket prior to five hours before game time.

I would suggest we let the Rays go to Montreal, and in a couple of years they will find out why the Expos had to be taken over by Major League Baseball and eventually move to Washington.

Pardon my ranting, but I’m tired of hearing all this. When I moved from Jersey, I was enthusiastic because all I heard was that the Rays and Bucs were always competitive. Four years later, I see one owner who won’t spend and another owner who doesn’t know who to spend on.

PS: The best thing that could have happened to the Rays was for (Derek) Jeter to buy them.

Lonny Pannucci, Hudson


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: 06/15/18

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

Tuesday’s letters: Fewer guns would reduce suicides

U.S. under suicide watch | June 8Fewer guns mean fewer suicidesIt is a fact that deserves more attention, but got only one sentence in the article about the U.S. "suicide watch:" "The most common method used across all groups was firearms." I spe...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for June 15

New group to address real women’s issuesLast Saturday our Congressman Gus Bilirakis sponsored a "Woman’s Summit" at East Lake High School that was supposed to deal with women’s issues. Some topics covered were gardening, weight loss and quilting.Mayb...
Published: 06/11/18

Monday’s letters: Bring back the ferry, kick-start transit

Cross bay, but who’ll pay? | June 8Ferry could be a gateway to transitIt’s great news that St. Petersburg is committed to bringing back the world class cross bay ferry service. What a common-sense and practical thing to do in order to ease us int...
Published: 06/08/18
Updated: 06/11/18