Friday, July 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Saturday’s letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11

The dangerous days before Roe

I am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set up a five-bed Intensive Care Unit at a private hospital in the newly independent African country of Zimbabwe. Abortions are illegal in Zimbabwe, and birth control, if available, is culturally frowned upon. The former dictator of the country was Catholic, so there was no discussion of women’s reproductive rights.

As the head nurse of the ICU, one of my duties was to cut up any used intravenous tubing into small pieces so that my ICU nurses, many of whom were midwives, would not be able to use them to perform abortions. I took care of many young women who were admitted to the ICU, in critical condition, post illegal abortion, accompanied by a police officer. My heart broke listening to their stories of what led them to the desperate decision to have an abortion. Most were single parents for one reason or another, unable to support the children they already had and now unsure who would take care of those children while she was in jail.

I was amazed at the number of dangerous ways abortions could be accomplished. The reality is, without a social network for women and children, desperate women will do desperate things: abandonment after birth, infanticide. Child abuse was widespread, and the term "baby dumping" became the harsh reality. My memories of these desperate women come back to me as I hear these debates in America about abortion and birth control. I wonder, is this the nightmare that is in store for future American women? Without Roe vs. Wade, we indeed are condemned to the desperations of the past.

Wendy Mutunhu, Tampa

I’ll be staying home | Letter, July 13

It’s a drive for us, too

A letter writer who lives in St. Petersburg bemoans the fact that if the new Rays stadium is located in Ybor City, it will be very inconvenient to travel across the bay to attend a game. We "mainland" residents have to do the same thing to get to Tropicana Field. I think movement to Ybor City or anywhere in the mainland area is a good move since the concentration of the population is here, not in St. Petersburg. As long as we must endure the traffic on the bridges, travel to a game is going to be a bit inconvenient for some of us. It’s time for the St. Petersburg folks to understand where we are coming from.

Joseph Stakun, Zephyrhills

Council grounds aerial artwork | July 13

Put the art in Midtown

The aerial sculpture controversy in St. Petersburg isn’t really about the art itself. Most everyone agrees the art is lovely. The problem seems to revolve around location. The most deserving residents never ask for art in their neighborhood. They ask for crime prevention and safe streets. Clean water and good schools. Respect from city leaders and equal treatment. The decision should be simple; Janet Echelman’s work belongs in Midtown. Where else in St. Petersburg is more in need of this joyful artistry with its whimsical sense of flight?

David Fraser, Clearwater

Kavanaugh is great
nominee | Column, July 13

What this justice would do

Like Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, I am a lawyer. Unlike her, I do not know Brett Kavanaugh personally, but I do know that knowing him personally is irrelevant to the position of justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Knowing that he is well-qualified to serve is also irrelevant. Scores of judges are equally qualified. It is enough to know and understand his work as a lawyer and as a judge to see that his nomination to the court is wholly predicated on a belief that his work will serve the political agenda of the Republicans and, if necessary, will protect Donald Trump from the legal consequences of his evident corruption. Kavanaugh has been open in stating that, as a matter of law, a president should not face the demands of the legal process while in office. How convenient for the powers behind Trump to have a Supreme Court Justice who can — and has stated he should — shield the president from complying with all legal process, exempting him from testifying in depositions in the pending cases brought by adult entertainers, and vendors to his businesses, and from subpoenas and testimony in the Mueller Russia investigation and in all the related cases against Manafort, Flynn and others currently pending. Anyone who believes Kavanaugh’s nomination is anything but an attempt to wrap Trump in a Kevlar-coated legal opinion is disingenuous, blind or ignorant. So, no, Sen. Bill Nelson shouldn’t vote against Kavanaugh because of a lack of qualifications. Nelson should vote against Kavanaugh because to vote otherwise is to abdicate any respect for the rule of law and to make of Trump, not a president but a king. This is America and still, for now, no one is above the law.

Rochelle Reback, Tampa

Paying for ballpark will take
teamwork | Editorial, July 12

Spring training is great

If the Rays don’t stay, we will still have the Yankees, Phillies, Blue Jays, Tigers, Pirates and Orioles. More teams than anybody. They all play in the spring, when the weather is nice. And their beautiful stadiums are already built, and have great parking. Why not give the Rays to some city that doesn’t have any baseball at all, and enjoy the six wonderful teams we have?

Early Sorenson, Dunedin

Algae, blame cover waters | July 12

Some swamps are good

I would like to congratulate President Donald Trump and his supporters for doing exactly what he promised he would do. He said he would "drain the swamp." A swamp is defined as "an area of low-lying, uncultivated ground where water collects." Yes, he has changed this naturally occurring habitat, along with many other natural habitats in our country, into a cesspool!

Michael Lang, Seminole


Friday’s letters: Trump’s excuses about Helsinki

Trump got tripped up | July 18A dangerous mix-up for a presidentPresident Donald Trump would have us believe that he misspoke when he stood on the world stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed belief in Putin rather than the una...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Watch what Trump does ... and what he says

Trump sides with Putinover U.S.A. | Editorial, July 17 Watch what he does — and what he says, too Anyone who still takes issue with the allegation that Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president need only look at his shameful and ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Leave fireworks to the professionals

Nobody is scaring birds with fireworks | Editorial, July 16Leave fireworksto the professionalsThe situation with fireworks has gotten completely out of control. I was at Curtis Hixon Park on the Fourth of July, and numerous people were exploding ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/17/18

Monday’s letters: Make investment in the Rays an actual investment with an actual return

Paying for ballpark will take teamwork | Editorial, July 12An actual return on investmentMuch attention has been given to the cost of the proposed Rays stadium in Ybor City and who will foot the bill. The three-legged stool of the Rays, the busin...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/16/18

Sunday’s letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Florida’s land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Don’t burn sugar cane, periodIn this column, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King got a lot of things right about how sugarcane burning negatively impacts the Glades communities w...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Saturday’s letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11The dangerous days before RoeI am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Thursday’s letters: The Rays’ Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11The new stadium will be gorgeousI had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let’s prepare Florida’s next generation for the jobs that have been created yet

Make Florida’s workforce globally competitivePrepare for jobs not yet createdIf you aren’t amazed by the speed at which technology is changing our world, just think back 20 years. Would you have imagined cellphones with the capabilities of a laptop c...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/11/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for July 13

Re: School meals for all students | July 6 storyParents should pay for their ownThat article really got me to thinking ... why can’t parents feed and care for their own children? When did it become others’ responsibility to do this? No one fed our th...
Published: 07/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: It’s great that Tampa’s Democratic mayor works with a Republican governor

Dems wary of Scott, Buckhorn bromance | July 8It’s not partisan to look out for TampaThe focus of a mayor should be on success in his jurisdiction, no matter the partner, for the citizens who live in his area of responsibility. Mayor Bob Buckhorn...
Published: 07/06/18
Updated: 07/10/18