Friday, September 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

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

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11

The new stadium will be gorgeous

I 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 married to a Tampa native who is a Day One Rays loyalist, I can say with certainty that bringing the Rays to Ybor will be an incredible opportunity for our city.

I’ve done my "growing up" here, and I’ve seen the city grow alongside me. Moving the Rays to Ybor will continue to build on the momentous development we are currently experiencing, while giving our families an opportunity to create memories and take pride in how Tampa has evolved over the years.

Personally, I love that my family and I will be able to hop on our bikes and ride down to the ballpark to enjoy the games and camaraderie together. I think it’s wonderful that the new field will be open to the public to enjoy during the off-season for yoga, dining, local events and even as a collaborative co-work space. This is more than just a stadium; this will be a way of life.

I encourage our residents to support this effort and rally behind our home team so we can continue to enjoy the Rays here in Tampa Bay for decades to come.

Erin C. Elser, Tampa

The writer is a member of the Rays 100.

Mayor gets funds for sculpture | July 7

The waterfront legacy

The St. Petersburg waterfront was protected from an industrial fate and over-development by the foresight of early visionaries over a century ago. Establishing the waterfront parks and preserving a more natural Tampa Bay vista made St. Petersburg what it is today. The massive, out-of-context scale and spirit of the Echelman art project doesn’t fit in on so many levels. Opposing this project isn’t living in the past — it is an affirmative action to preserve our waterfront’s natural beauty for generations to come.

We are the beneficiaries of this astounding legacy. Putting in some effort now to safeguard this legacy is a very small price to pay in reminding City Hall that stewardship, not special interests, is their duty in protecting the natural beauty that is the St. Petersburg waterfront and certainly Spa Beach at the epicenter of this proposed project.

William Dahl, St. Petersburg

The sculpture is brilliant

Bravo to Mayor Rick Kriseman and the private donors who have come together to bring Janet Echelman’s work to Spa Beach. This beautiful sculpture will win over all naysayers once it is installed. I wish that Tampa would also install a work of Echelman’s, but I will have to content myself with regular trips to Spa Beach.

Gabriel Chohaney, Tampa

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

Crack down where it matters

We have a government that is tough on abortions, which are legal, as well as medical marijuana, which is also legal. Yet we have illegal fireworks being sold in stores and tents that flagrantly advertise the merchandise. And every year people are killed and maimed due to faulty fireworks. So why hasn’t our government shut down every store that sells the hazardous devices? It makes absolutely no sense that they already haven’t.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater


Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

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...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

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: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

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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

Wednesday’s letters: Genshaft made USF a first choice for top students

Genshaft legacy isa stronger USF | Editorial, Sept. 11Genshaft made USF a first choiceTampa Bay is a significantly stronger business community due to the leadership of retiring USF President Judy Genshaft. With degrees from Davidson and Duke, I m...
Published: 09/07/18
Updated: 09/11/18