Sunday, July 15, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday’s letters: Keep the Rays in Tampa Bay

Ballpark site catches break | July 5

Keep the Rays in Tampa Bay

Last month, the Tampa Bay Partnership led a delegation of nearly 20 Tampa Bay business leaders on a benchmarking trip to Houston, to explore the nationally recognized workforce development efforts taking place within their region. While there, we also had the opportunity to watch the Tampa Bay Rays play the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Seeing firsthand the thousands of Astros fans converging on downtown Houston on a rainy Monday evening was a potent reminder of the positive impact of an urban sports facility, as well as the important role our professional sports teams play in strengthening our regional identity and vitality.

Tampa Bay is the 18th largest metro area in the country, and the Rays are a significant asset that directly impacts the image and economy of our entire region, not just a single city or county. Because of this, the Council of Governors of the Tampa Bay Partnership at its April meeting expressed its unanimous support of the efforts under way to keep the Rays in Tampa Bay.

We’ve been steadfast supporters of this team through the years, and as it explores the opportunity to build a new ballpark in Ybor City, we’ll continue to advocate on its behalf. Our public and private leaders must make it a priority to ensure the Rays continue to call Tampa Bay home.

Rhea Law

The writer is chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership.

Political views are part of you | Letter, July 5

What friends are for

Last weekend a friend and I were discussing her willingness to remain friendly with people who do not share our horror of the current political climate in the country we both love. She claims to just "ignore" their remarks about how great their lives are now that their taxes are lower, 401(k)s are soaring, etc., in the name of not wanting to offend anyone. I tried to explain to her that I cannot call someone a friend who is unable to understand that there are millions of people for whom this country is not working and they are losing hope that it ever will. Then I read this letter, and suddenly it was crystal clear. Friendship does "require trust, emotional intimacy and respect." So today I’m going to read his letter to my friend so perhaps she’ll better understand why I cannot be friends with someone I don’t respect and am barely able to recognize.

Cheryl J. Bowes, Spring Hill

Respect the other side first | Letter, July 3

Out of many, one

We have created a situation in our nation by not recognizing how divided we have become on a very basic concept. Are we a nation built by individuals who believe "to the victor go the spoils," or are we a nation built by individuals who believe "in unity there is strength"? Have we forgotten that our nation is called the United States of America? Our goal, starting with George Washington, was to place unity first, individualism second. Our memory is short. We forget that when one person amasses large sums of money and the masses receive a pittance, the social order becomes warped. We forget that corporations are not people, that each individual composes the whole, that when one person is treated unfairly, we all are being attacked.

Some people remember history. Some choose to conveniently forget. There is a consequence. We become less humane and more selfish. It is time for Americans to remember we are a land united by the suffering of our immigrant past, strengthened only by standing strong against oppression, and recalling that we did not buckle under bullies. It is time to remember knowledge is power. Learn about your country, your land, your Constitution and your government; and vote responsibly.

Lillian Guttman, Tampa

Report details gun permit mistakes | July 4

Enforcement is lacking

Well, so much for the idea that if we just enforce the existing gun laws, we will be protected from ill-advised gun purchases/owners. If you allow an NRA lobbyist, in effect, to decide what agency will process licenses, assign the licensing to a non-law enforcement agency whose boss goes on to declare himself a patsy for the NRA as part of his run for governor and provide spotty or no training or supervision to said employees, what can you expect? More than 200 mistakenly issued permits before anyone catches the problem.

Jane Sellick, Palmetto

Sure, fireworks are illegal.
Who cares? | July 3

Leave the birds alone

The justification of buying fireworks to scare away birds is a big problem. My wife and I retired to a small pond across from a nature preserve. On a recent holiday, we were enjoying watching birds from our deck when someone started shooting fireworks over the pond.

About 35 birds leaped into the air. It has now been over a year and we are still struggling to see even a fraction of the birds we saw before those fireworks.

Joel Jackson, Land O’ Lakes

Hobby Lobby ad | July 1

Many aren’t Christian

In response to this full-page ad, I would say that while the initial immigrants were Christians, and subsequent immigrants were primarily from countries where Christianity was the predominant religion, that is now changing.

Recent immigrants from around the globe represent every major religion in the world. They are joined by increasing and significant numbers of U.S. citizens and other immigrants who espouse no religion. The nation is becoming much more pluralistic. We should welcome that trend.

Religion is really about undeserved pre-eminence and priority. It is also about power, control and order. We do not need Christianity to have a stable and compassionate society. I reject Hobby Lobby’s attempts to force any specific religion in an attempt to maintain power and control over our society.

Mark Brandt, Dunedin

The author is co-facilitator of the UU Humanists of Clearwater.

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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

Pasco Letters to the Editor for July 13

Scaring birds with fireworks is a problemThe justification of buying fireworks to scare birds is the biggest problem with fireworks. My wife and I retired to a small pond across from a nature preserve. On a recent holiday, we were enjoying watching b...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Monday’s letters: Let’s keep plastics out of the ocean now

Is a ban on plastic straws a step too far? | July 4 Plastic in oceanis not fantastic As a Tampa Bay native, I am thrilled to see a concerted effort to eliminate plastics pollution in the area, and encouraged to see small business and restaurant ow...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Sunday’s letters: Keep the Rays in Tampa Bay

Ballpark site catches break | July 5Keep the Rays in Tampa BayLast month, the Tampa Bay Partnership led a delegation of nearly 20 Tampa Bay business leaders on a benchmarking trip to Houston, to explore the nationally recognized workforce develop...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/06/18

Saturday’s letters: Letter of the month concerns civility in public discourse

June letter of the month The winning letter addressed incivility in public discourseMud sticks to those who sling itI am an 83-year-old black, straight male. I lived with Jim Crow laws that deprived me of education, jobs, housing and service in publi...
Published: 07/02/18
Updated: 07/06/18