Thursday, September 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday’s letters: A zombie campaign contribution was actually refunded to me

Zombie cash still flows | Aug. 20

Cash came back from dead

The report about zombie campaigns about how politicians siphon off funds for personal use struck a chord in me — actually a positive chord. Bob Buesing was one of the early Democratic Party entries in this year’s Florida Senate District 18 race. I sent him a small donation of $200 because I agreed with his stance on education, gun control and other issues. He then withdrew his candidacy in favor of Janet Cruz. I just assumed that the donation I had made was effectively gone. Imagine my surprise when I received a very nice long letter from him thanking me for my support and a check refunding most of my donation. He had only deducted an amount proportionate to the campaign expenses he had incurred. I cannot state just how impressed I am with his integrity in doing this and that he did it in a timely manner.

John McMichael, Tampa

Trump’s two-win
Tuesday | Ed Rogers column, Aug. 31

What will independents do?

It is good to see a cogent conservative writer replacing the late Charles Krauthammer in Mr. Rogers (pun intended). But his column misses two salient points. First, the African-American community voted as a bloc for Andrew Gillum. One can only hope that community has finally discovered the electoral power it truly has.

The second point missed is that the Florida is a closed primary state; with no party affiliation, 27 percent of registered voters could not participate in the nominating process. There must be some doubt as to whether President Donald Trump’s support represents a significant number in that 27 percent.

Raymond Campbell, St. Petersburg

Yes, Trump won twice

I agree with columnist Ed Rogers that the Republicans and President Donald Trump won twice on Tuesday. In my opinion, it will take a record-breaking turnout for the Democrats to win the governor’s seat this November. Plus it will take some help from disgruntled Republicans. Any liberal who does not believe that Florida is now a red state is gazing through blue-tinted glasses. I will go one further and make this prediction: If the Democrats do not win the governor’s race in Florida this November, Trump will be re-elected in 2020.

Michael Harris, Safety Harbor

Sen. John McCain

What McCain stood for

The late Sen. John McCain believed America is great by virtue of the fact that it was founded on a great idea. Unlike other nations, America was not founded on bonds of blood or race or religion or tribe but on the ideals of freedom, equality and self-government.

Sen. McCain was an American, first and foremost, not a Republican, first and foremost. For him, party affiliation was secondary. He saw Democrats as fellow Americans working to uphold American ideals.

In concert with his fellow Americans in the Senate, he worked to do what he saw as best for all Americans. His vision should be the vision of all in Washington. If it is lost, so is the country.

Ernest Bartow, St. Petersburg

For president, loyalty is hard to find | Aug. 25

Speak truth to power

Demanding loyalty from staff says a lot about President Donald Trump. So, he doesn’t want free-thinking people to advise him?

David Anderson, St. Petersburg


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...
Updated: 3 hours ago

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

From Times wires
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