Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Saturday’s letters: Bill Clinton is why we have Trump

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Sultans of self-pity | June 7

Bill Clinton is why we got Trump

Frank Bruni said he would "take Clinton over Trump in any role on any day. Trump is the Everest of delusion and depravity; Clinton ascended only a bit beyond base camp." His ridiculous opinion is exactly why Trump became president.

Bill Clinton almost ended up in the White house again along with Hillary, who berated and mocked the many women he abused, including a rape accusation, and Bill and Hillary got a pass for 20 years thanks to the Democratic Party. Harvey Weinstein was also Hillary’s good friend, not to mention all the Hollywood elites who knew about Weinstein yet looked the other way as he continued to abuse women.

Trump’s alleged affair was consensual if it happened at all, as Stormy Daniels first denied any affair and then changed her mind when she could cash in and get the publicity she wanted.

Daniel Ruth is right, America is unhinged, mainly because Democrats refuse to admit that Trump won the election and claim those who voted for him are deplorable! Trump won Florida with 49 percent of the popular vote — a 1.2 percent margin. Why don’t we all move on and try to get along? Even the New York Times declared that they have run out of words to describe how good the job numbers are under Trump.

Kathryn Glynn, Sun City Center

Trump tariffs undercut Scott | June 7

Real threat: hockey pucks

President Trump’s tariffs may undercut Gov. Rick Scott, but our national security must take priority over state interests, especially when it comes to protecting us from Canada.

Our neighbor to the north is a clear and present danger to America’s national security because of their snow-making machines at the border that blow tons of snow on our northern states, causing endless disruptions. Also, in addition to putting tariffs on steel and aluminum, Trump should completely bar importing Canadian bacon and Canada Dry Ginger Ale, which could be poisoned if an all-out war breaks out.

But that won’t address the current problem of Canadians gathering at the border armed with hockey pucks ready to attack any American who crosses. If you’ve ever been hit with a hockey puck, you know it hurts. But ultimately, Trump should invade and annex Canada and turn each province into a separate U.S. state — even though Trump probably can’t name most or any of them.

Frank Lupo, St. Petersburg

Court decision on gay rights,
religion murky | June 5

Freedom for all religions?

Be careful what you wish for. Those who are celebrating the decision of the Supreme Court for the baker to refuse service to a gay couple might want to reconsider.

As the letter states, religious people have a right to follow their religious convictions but the underlying message I keep getting is that Christians have a right to follow their religious convictions.

What happens when the religion is not Christian? About 10 years ago, a large group of Muslim taxis drivers in Minneapolis started to refuse to pick up riders at bars because their religion banned liquor. As I recall, the taxi drivers were given a choice: either pick up riders from bars or find another job.

Remember religious convictions cut all different ways.

Elizabeth Belcher, Seffner

Hillsborough teachers pact
is generous | June 7, editorial

It’s not generous to teachers

How can you call this agreement generous? The union negotiated a raise three years ago that was supposed to be given this past year. When it came time to give the $4,000 a year raise, the district decided on $92 a year instead.

This agreement now is that the district will not pay the full increase, but will cheat the teachers out of $1,400 for the year instead of $3,908. And whether or not the teachers get the raise next year is up in the air.

How "generous " is that?

Jean McKnight, Palm Harbor

The anguish of a boy
taken from his father | June 8

Break the law, lose your kid

How can anyone blame the Trump administration for separating a child from his parent when the parent breaks the law by entering the country illegally and brings his or her child along with them?

Do they know how many American citizens are separated from their children because they broke the law and are sitting in jail? Hundreds of thousands, and not all of them are there because of serious felonies.

Why should illegals be treated any differently? If I decided to go out and steal a car, shoplift or burglarize a house, I certainly wouldn’t take my child along with me.

John Waitman, Palm Harbor

Debate pits Gwen vs. the men | April 19

A topic that can’t be ignored

The first Democratic gubernatorial debate touched on many important issues, from gun violence to education, but failed to address one of the fundamental issues affecting Florida: climate change.

Our changing environment is directly impacted by man-made expansion of fossil fuel development. Although the national discussion has focused on opening up coastal waters to offshore drilling, the first debate failed to ask the candidates about how they would address our over-reliance on drilling.

With a tourism-based economy, specifically dependent upon the pristine beauty of our beaches, coastlines and springs network, I find it difficult to understand how the moderators could have ignored this topic. Florida’s infrastructure is strained; we’ve seen the disastrous impacts of the BP oil spill and strengthening storm systems every year. How can Floridians decide on the highest officer in the state without understanding their stances on continued fossil fuel development?

It’s up to us, the voters, to demand that our leaders address this crucial issue. Florida’s future depends on it.

Brooke Errett, St. Petersburg

The writer is Florida organizer for Food & Water Action.


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 ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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