Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Saturday’s letters: Stop the attack on our environment

Trumpís plan: to drill | Jan. 5

Stop attack on the environment

The Trump administrationís attacks on the environment go even beyond the presidentís refusal to acknowledge the reality of global warming.

First, President Donald Trump seemed woefully ignorant of the difference between weather and climate when he tweeted about the cold wave that swept much of the country and wondered what had happened to global warming.

When he selected anti-environmentalist Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, a man beholden to the oil and gas industry, the die was cast. The agencyís budget was cut, the Clean Water Act was weakened, and standards that reduced toxic emissions from cars and power plants were rolled back.

Moreover, a plan to expand offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico was resurrected. (Remember how well that worked out in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill?)

To top all this off, the EPA wanted to spend six or more years studying standards meant to protect children from lead-based paint. Fortunately, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the agency has 90 days to study those standards.

Finally, in one of his New Yearís Day tweets, Trump cited "opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling" as one of his past yearís accomplishments. Apparently he does not know the meaning of the word "refuge."

Marie Enders, Palm Harbor

President Trump

Shameful lack of respect

I am a Canadian who has always been fond of my American neighbors. I found them friendly, open, kind and followers of Christian values of love your enemy, forgive people their shortcomings, turn the other cheek, and donít judge people. What has happened? I am disappointed to see the hate coming out of the hearts of these same people I admired.

There is no allowance in the American code of ethics for the slander, the unabridged hate and the intolerance some are showing toward their president, Donald Trump. I thought defamation of character was a criminal offense, yet it is widespread in this country. The disrespect shown your president is unprecedented and shameful.

I think everyone should give their head a shake, drop the mainstream media and do a Google search on all the good things President Trump has done for your country. Only once you have done your own research will you see how hard this man is working for you and how biased the media is against him.

But maybe you prefer not to be informed and perhaps you rather like living in a hate bubble. If you insist on doing that, you will be part of forming a new America, but not the great one that President Trump envisions for all Americans.

Christine Dorothy, Riverview

Tracking transportation plans | Jan. 2

Recipe for more gridlock

Off we go (again) into the frustrating voids of gridlocked asphalt. There are few (if any) words in your article about public transport in Tampa Bay.

In the 30 years Iíve resided in Tampa Bay, the total lack of viable public transit is indefensible.

Once again, Tampa Bay residents must brace for another 10-15 years of "maybe" and "who knows" from our duck-and-cover politicians and mired-in-the-í50s Department of Transportation.

Ever more roads, ever more gridlock, ever more environmental degradation, even as climate change rearranges Earthís geography.

Itís indefensible.

Mike MacDonald, Clearwater

Florida Forever

Follow the votersí wishes

In 2014, voters gave 75 percent approval for funding the Florida Forever program. At one time, the program brought in $300 million to purchase and protect land. Since 2014, not one penny has been set aside. The people in Florida wanted to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee and other sensitive lands to use for water overflow.

So far, the governor and members of the Legislature have used the money to purchase state equipment, government worker salaries and insurance premiums. I also heard that $700,000 went toward the governorís attorney fees.

It is our job, our responsibility, to protect our environment, and if our elected officials will not do as they are told, it is time to write a letter for them to step down. Enough is enough.

Margaret Hyde, Clearwater

ĎDo not callí list violations top complaints
Jan. 2

Putnam not doing his job

We are on the so-called "do not call" list, however ó and we recorded all of them ó my household received 208 unsolicited calls from Jan. 1, 2017 to Aug. 15, when we stopped recording them due to sheer frustration. Thatís about 1.5 calls a day, every day, including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, headed by governor-wannabe Adam Putnam, is responsible for the following, per statute:

ē Through regulation and mediation, we safeguard consumers from unlawful and deceptive business practices.

ē Weíre the stateís clearinghouse for consumer concerns. Our call center analysts answer questions, provide information and help resolve complaints.

We complained to the department about the unsolicited calls using an online form. Several days later, we received a reply, which, in effect, stated that they are in favor of "a robust economy" in Florida and that these callers are "just trying to make a living." In other words, Putnam and his staff write generic, meaningless replies to complaints, but otherwise do absolutely nothing to protect consumers.

Miklos Lorand, South Pasadena

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Wednesday’s letters: A caravan moves north amid many hopes, questions and fears

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Monday’s letters: Lifelong Republican is fed up

Readers join the conversation on court picks, Clearwater mayor
Published: 10/22/18

Sunday’s letters: Threat of entitlement cuts was predictable

Readers join the conversation about the deficit, the return of the ferry and more
Published: 10/20/18

Saturday’s letters: Vote no on all the CRC’s proposed amendments

Readers join the conversation about the upcoming elections and more
Published: 10/20/18

Friday’s letters: Why a strong mayor makes sense for Clearwater

No on strong mayor | Editorial, Oct. 11A strong mayor for ClearwaterI have lived in Clearwater for nearly 45 years, and I believe in democracy. I believe our city should be led by an elected, full-time, term-limited mayor who is directly accounta...
Published: 10/18/18

Wednesday’s letters: Amendment 11 could save inmates from old, unduly harsh sentences

No on all of the other amendments | Editorial, Oct. 1Amendment 11 rights a wrongI fear that the Times editorial board recommendation to vote no on Amendment 11 missed the significance and value of the proposal. Voters are asked to modify the ȁ...
Published: 10/16/18

Tuesday’s letters: Natural gas is not a good replacement for coal

Opposition to natural gas shortsighted | Editorial, Oct. 13Natural gas is no better than coalAccording to the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, carbon emissions must decline to about 45 percent of 2010 levels over...
Published: 10/15/18

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