Thursday, June 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

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 Daniels
March 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

Unconstitutional overreach

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


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...
Updated: 4 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18