Monday, August 13, 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.


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...
Updated: 8 hours ago

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...
Updated: 9 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Don’t let pollution be our legacy

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8Brown can’t be the new greenThis headline should have said "Republicans continue to pave their way across Florida, pollute the water supply and destroy animals and their habitat." The Republicans have controlled Tal...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18

Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies

Mother: Dead girl now ‘pure’ | Aug. 7Two tragediesThis is another tragedy of a parent who became overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for an autistic child. But an equally bad sequence of events is likely to happen in the days and months t...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Aug. 10

Jacqueline Road being misusedI have issued complaints to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, traffic division and also a letter to the sheriff and have had very little positive response.We have an issue on Jacqueline Road with speeding vehicles and...
Published: 08/06/18

Monday’s letters: Enough with praise for Pier sculpture

Aerial art to billow at Pier | Aug. 3Pier art: boon or boondoggle?Well, finally! The Janet Echelman sculpture project has been approved. The dust has settled and now, at the cost of $2.8 million an over-priced, glorified flag will be flapping ove...
Published: 08/03/18

Friday’s letters: Regain respect for the opinions of others

‘In the belly of the beast’ | Aug. 2Respect the opinions of othersWatching President Donald Trump’s latest rally in Tampa, I once again witnessed a shameful exhibition of hatred and discord. I saw those who mocked a CNN reporter with vulgar chant...
Published: 08/01/18
Updated: 08/02/18