Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday’s letters: In our partisan primaries, the center did not hold

Outsiders in | Aug. 29

The center did not hold

Good grief. Way to go, Florida partisan politics. We ended up with two guys who pandered their way to the extremes with no thought other than sucking up to fans of Sen. Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump. Neither of them is qualified to run a state as wonderful as Florida. Florida’s partisan primaries divide us to choose between the extremes. We have to be smarter than this in electing our leaders. Will one of the two parties please split already, so that we centrists can actually vote for someone we believe in?

Or how about Adam Putnam and Gwen Graham team up to form a true Florida team, independent of the national parties as a governor and lieutenant governor? Either could assume whichever post and they’ll have my vote head over heels over the two divisive lightweights elected in the primaries.

Chad Lembke, St. Petersburg

Another run-off

In my opinion, the Republican voters elected the best choice from their two options — Ron DeSantis (with 56 percent of the votes cast). However, the Democratic choice, Andrew Gillum, won his nomination with only 34 percent of the vote, and for me that’s a possible problem.

It could have been that the other four Democratic candidates have a lot in common, and as such they divided the 66 percent among them so that the highest percentage among them (Gwen Graham) was only 31 percent.

I suggest that in such instances, an algorithm determine a run-off. For example, if no one gets more than 50 percent, there would then be a run-off vote for the top two or three. I would feel much better with him as our Democratic representative if he had been chosen this way.

William Emener, St. Pete Beach

Don’t ‘monkey this up’ and elect Andrew Gillum,
Ron DeSantis says | Aug. 29

Didn’t take long

It hadn’t even been 24 hours since Andrew Gillum became the Democratic candidate for governor, and the Republican candidate Ron DeSantis has already insinuated the term "monkey" into his remarks on Gillum. This is a record.

Deborah Green, Sun City Center

Public safety and guns

Guns and drug tests

Should firefighters be armed? Are judges armed? School Resource Officers, of course, are. But if any public official is armed, drug testing and psychological testing should be mandatory at least yearly.

Don Stiles, St. Petersburg


Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Editorial cartoons from Times wires
Updated: 8 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Column: We’re measuring the economy all wrong

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the official economic statistics — the ones that fill news stories, television shows and presidential tweets — say that the U.S. economy is fully recovered.The unemployment rate is lower tha...
Published: 09/17/18

Monday’s letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Saturday’s letters: The Constitution’s promise to promote the ‘general welfare’ includes health

Medicare for All is a path to ruin | Letter, Sept. 14‘General welfare’ includes healthThe preamble of the U.S. Constitution states that in order to form a more perfect union, several things needed to be assured. One of those is to "promote the ge...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Friday’s letters: Medicare for All might lead to Medicare for None

Nelson cautious on Gillum views | Sept. 12Medicare for All is a path to ruinThe utopian idea of Medicare for All being free health care with all the trimmings is a hoax. Sooner or later, the resources required to pay for this single-payer system ...
Published: 09/11/18
Updated: 09/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7

Re: Pedestrian deaths rising again | Sept. 7This is no surpriseIt is surprising that more people aren’t killed trying to cross U.S. 19 on foot.I often cross U.S. 19 at Flora to get to Home Depot or Holiday Mower. This involves first looking back...
Published: 09/10/18