Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7
Using youths in personal agenda
Is anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in his rhetoric of getting millennials out to vote, is to continue his quest to impeach President Donald Trump. Instead of recognizing that the president was elected by America’s electoral system, Steyer is obsessed with working against the administration at every turn.
It would be refreshing if Steyer used his vast wealth to teach millennials the meaning of democracy and the two-party system. Teach them that the Bernie Sanders socialism message simply does not work in real life. Just check and see how the U.S.S.R. is doing, or take a trip to Havana and see firsthand what socialism accomplishes.
Encouraging citizens to vote is a good idea. To tell them, especially uninformed voters, whom to vote for so that Steyer can continue his assault on President Trump is pathetic. This entire process is a perfect example of the rich guy pushing his obscene wealth in the faces of hardworking Americans, who deserve to have the person they elected president have his turn at getting the job done.
Robert Padgett, Clearwater
Almost back | March 12
Over the top on Tiger
You would have thought the pope was coming to the area. After reading Tom Jones all last week praising and lionizing Tiger Woods, it was a relief when the Valspar golf tournament finally ended. Then Monday, in the height of journalistic overzealousness and arrogance, the sports section ran two huge photos of Tiger Woods, the runner-up, above the little photo of Paul Casey, the winner.
Lil Cromer, Belleair
Rays explain Tampa pursuit | March 9
A prelude to packing up
During his address at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, Rays president Brian Auld outlined his thoughts for a Tampa stadium: maybe no box office; fewer seats, with more clustered around tables; mixed-experience tickets; and other improvements.
He could do all that at the Trop for a fraction of the cost of a new stadium in Ybor City, yet he puts some of the blame on the fans for not showing up? It’s becoming obvious that the team keeps coming up with one excuse after another to leave and go to Charlotte.
Debi Ford, St. Petersburg
Emails shed light on payout to DanielsMarch 3
Nothing to see here
What is the media’s interest in Stormy Daniels? The Kennedys had affairs while they were in office and their relationships ended badly for the women. President Bill Clinton had one in the White House and her reputation was destroyed.
This possible affair happened years ago before Donald Trump entered office; it is between him and his wife, no one else. Unless something happens while in office, it’s nothing more than mudslinging. Daniels is trying to rebuild her career value and the media is helping her.
Glenn Chasteen, Lutz
Moral failing in high places
It is an enigma as to why evangelicals and fundamentalists supported, and continue to support, President Donald Trump. He has violated many of the precepts of morality and ethics that these two groups hold dear. They could have someone with much more moral and ethical backbone who would not have the horrible baggage, to say nothing of the corruption and potential crimes, that Trump has.
It’s as though the political ideology is more important than the Christian belief system held by these religious groups. We can only conclude that "the ends justify the means" for Trump’s base. They have adopted communist theory and doctrine, and have jettisoned ethics, morality, civility and integrity in favor of political power.
Mark Brandt, Dunedin
Hillsborough opposes plan to arm school employees | March 7
Vote puts students at risk
The Hillsborough County School Board’s unanimous vote to opt out of the Legislature’s school safety program is an insult to our students. Officials were given an opportunity to make our children safer and chose to allow partisan politics to drive their decisionmaking process.
Former veterans and police officers who are working in non-instructional roles at our schools are more than capable of providing additional security in emergency situations. However, the board’s actions will prevent us from ever knowing if they could. Should there be future tragedies in our county, there could very well be blood on the board’s hands. Heaven forbid us from ever finding out.
Justin Hurlburt, Tampa
Scott signs gun limits | March 10
This is just the start
The signed bill by Gov. Rick Scott is only the beginning in preventing further mass shootings. This bill does not address, nor work toward ending, serious problems such as loopholes on gun shows and private sales where no background checks are required, no waiting period for purchase takes place and these sales do not prevent anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing weapons.
Diane Ferretti Perillo, St. Petersburg
This law as written will not facilitate the safety and welfare of school students. Limiting the purchase of a firearm by any person younger than 21 is not only unconstitutional, but flies in the face of those youngsters who, through their military services, have fought and died defending this country against tyranny. The atrocities committed in Parkland and elsewhere stem from people with societal issues, e.g. poverty, ignorance, mental illness and inadequate familial guidance and teachings.
William Lines, Spring Hill