Friday, June 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday’s letters: Keep legal and illegal immigration separate

Success depends on immigration | Jan. 31, column

Immigration, legal and illegal

Yet again we have an article, this one by the Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt, which lumps all immigrants together — legal and illegal.

As a basis for defending "undocumented" immigrants, a euphemism if ever there was one, it states that 48 percent of immigrants have college degrees without clarifying that these are legal immigrants, many of whom came here with those degrees.

They brought skills and education to positively contribute to the United States.

Why should we suddenly have to admit anyone who comes here under any circumstances, no matter who they are or what their backgrounds are? It makes a mockery of those who come in legally, wait in line, learn what was expected of citizens and proudly took the oath of allegiance.

I guess my immigrant great-grandparents were foolish to do it the "right" way.

Michele Elliott, St. Petersburg

State of the Union speech | Jan. 31

The oxymoron of clean coal

What comes to mind when you hear the words "beautiful" and "clean"? Dollars to donuts it wouldn’t be "coal." And yet, this was how President Donald Trump described this dirtiest of fossil fuels that even China has decided not to use in future power plants. After his politically motivated tribute to this noxious fuel source, it came as no surprise that during his 90-minute oration, Trump made no mention of the overarching threat to our planet: climate change, to which the burning of coal has been a major contributor.

Fred Kalhammer, Sun City Center

Pouting politicians

As a Democrat, I thought it was a sad sight to see all the Democrats that we elected sitting on their rebellious butts like a bunch of pouting children while the president of the United States was speaking. Surely it would be better for the ones who represent us to be more professional than that. How obvious it is that they are more for the party than for the people. I also realize that this is a practice of both parties, but what are our children to think when they see such disrespect for our country’s leader? Be he right or wrong, whether we like him or not, he won the election. We all should respect the position, just as the military does for our officers.

Jerry Daniel, Tampa

Radio host signs off | Jan. 31

Hot mics, good times

Congratulations on a job well done to my long-time friend and DJ partner in crime, Tedd Webb. Tedd and I began working together back in the early ’70s at a small AM radio station in St. Petersburg. WFSO-AM570. We were both DJs playing the hits. "Here’s another gold nugget because you dug it!" Man, did we have a blast, and some of the things we did can’t be printed on these pages. Tedd more than earned his spot in history as one of the best in Tampa Bay broadcasting.

Charles Goding, Kenneth City

Give Trump credit | Jan. 30, column

Trump’s successes

Kudos to columnist Stephen Moore for a factually accurate and fairly written story on President Trump’s positive accomplishments during his first year in office. His comments, devoid of the daily menu of sarcasm, disrespect and calumny served up relentlessly in the media, were a breath of fresh air indeed.

Connie Paglen, Treasure Island

Money isn’t everything

Stephen Moore seems to think "show me the money" is the only thing that matters in present-day America. (Unfortunately, there are many who share his opinion.) He states, "But Trump has begun to systematically overturn Obama policies on taxes, regulations, energy, climate change, net neutrality, budget priorities and health care. ..." He unequivocally states this is good policy. I do not agree that getting a few more dollars in my 401(k) offsets the damage these "business-friendly" and "job-producing" policies are doing to the environment and to the poorer among us.

Michael Lang, Seminole

Corcoran ad inflames immigration debate Jan. 31, editorial

Guns and immigrants

Wow, House Speaker Richard Corcoran shows his true colors with his fake and creepy anti-immigrant ad. Immigrants aren’t responsible for the vast majority of gun violence in Florida, of course. But as the NRA has lobbied hard to keep real information on gun crimes from the public, it is safe for a conservative politician to make up whatever benefits their agenda.

Jane Sellick, Palmetto

Immigration and the law

In 1765, Sir William Blackstone said it’s better for 10 guilty people to go free rather than one innocent person suffer. Conversely today, many would argue that no matter how many illegal aliens are guilty of murdering innocent people, we must continue to allow people into this country without control. I’m not saying that every illegal immigrant is a violent criminal, and I doubt most legitimate opponents of illegal immigration are saying that either.

It’s difficult to disparage people who are compassionate about fellow human beings who come from miserable places with little opportunity, poverty and war, but to label those who support strong borders and immigration control as bigots is political propaganda. DACA is an example of what happens when laws are ignored and the consequences affect those who essentially had no part in the decision to come here. We cannot pick the laws we choose to obey and ignore without predictable consequence.

Steve Hemingway, Tampa

The case for impeachment | Jan. 31, column

The deleted e-mails

Columnist David Leonhardt, writing about the case for Trump’s impeachment because of "obstruction," should take a close look at the former Democratic presidential candidate and why she wasn’t charged with obstruction when she deleted 33,000 e-mails.

Gayle Sheline, Palm Harbor


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18