Monday, August 13, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday’s letters: Fewer guns would reduce suicides

U.S. under suicide watch | June 8

Fewer guns mean fewer suicides

It is a fact that deserves more attention, but got only one sentence in the article about the U.S. "suicide watch:" "The most common method used across all groups was firearms."

I spent over 10 years working in a mental health hospital where every day we saw people having suicidal thoughts. People who attempt suicide sometimes survive and have a chance to get the help they need. Unless they use a gun.

Very few people who attempt suicide with a gun get that second chance at life. A firearm is a highly lethal and effective way for a person to take their own life. It has been well-documented that more restrictive gun control legislation in Australia resulted in a decline of firearm deaths, but a large share of that decline was in the rate of suicide.

There are many complicated factors involved in the increasing suicide rate in this country, but two dots are very simple to connect: If guns were less readily available, there would be fewer suicides.

Jonathan Jaberg, Largo

The anguish of a boy
taken from his father | June 8

Weep for what U.S. is doing

The story of 5-year-old Jose left me weeping for him, his family and the state of our country. How far we have fallen as a nation when we use children as pawns in a war against immigrants? I honestly don’t know how supporters of this administration and its immigration enforcement tactics sleep at night.

The treatment this child, and others like him, at the hands of our government makes me ashamed to call myself an American.

Robin Frank, Tampa

Deadline looms over Rays talks | June 10

And the fans will park where?

While I was viewing the artist’s rendering of the proposed site of the new Rays stadium, I was amazed at all the available parking.

Oh wait, that’s right, there is none.

Are fans supposed to get there by availing themselves of all the public transportation, the subways, the trams, the monorails? I imagine all the team members and dignitaries can arrive by helicopter. Or else they can bulldoze everything that makes Ybor City unique and create parking.

If a stadium ever gets built there I know I can forget ever going to the Columbia when the Rays are playing.

Anthony Majka, Spring Hill

Homeless man found
with deputy’s gun | June 10

Arresting the wrong person

Perhaps the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office hopes we don’t realize the absurdity of their decision to arrest the homeless man who "stole" the gun carelessly left by an officer in a men’s room.

What? Why isn’t this officer in jail? What if a child followed Detective DiVirgilis into that stall and shot himself? I don’t know if the accused had nefarious intentions. I certainly don’t think an absent-minded cop is without blame here.

He forgot his gun. In a bathroom. It is ridiculous. Instead they are blaming a homeless guy. There is so much wrong here. I am disgusted.

Judy Pelaia, Tampa


Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Re: County authorizes takeover of SunWest Park | Aug. 10‘A poor idea from the startWith no fanfare whatsoever, we now have a new park that no one I know ever seems to use or even know where it is. If it is bringing hordes of tourists to our cou...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Habitat should help the poor, not hurt them

Habitat lender choice blasted | Aug. 12Help, don’t hurt, poorAs a Habitat for Humanity admirer, donor and volunteer, I was disappointed to read how Habitat for Humanity’s Hillsborough County affiliate reportedly stumbled in delivering its mission...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Monday’s letters: A gun or a vote: danger is relative

‘I went off the deep end’ | Aug. 10A gun or a vote: danger is relativeAt the demonstrable risk of having someone lose his fragile temper, grab his guns, storm out his door and speed to my home to shoot me for saying so (and why NOT, Florida Legis...
Published: 08/10/18

Sunday’s letters: July’s letter of the month is ‘Time for more civil debate.’

July letter of the monthTime for more civil debate"Politics" is an activity which involves power and control, arriving at decisions based on differing interests. Normally, leaders weigh the needs of the individual with the abilities of the country. C...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Saturday’s letters: A team effort made USF preeminent

USF and preeminenceA team effort vaulted USF The University of South Florida’s designation as a preeminent state research university is a prestigious accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work of faculty, staff and students and USF System Presiden...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Friday’s letters: Don’t let pollution be our legacy

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8Brown can’t be the new greenThis headline should have said "Republicans continue to pave their way across Florida, pollute the water supply and destroy animals and their habitat." The Republicans have controlled Tal...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18

Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies

Mother: Dead girl now ‘pure’ | Aug. 7Two tragediesThis is another tragedy of a parent who became overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for an autistic child. But an equally bad sequence of events is likely to happen in the days and months t...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Aug. 10

Jacqueline Road being misusedI have issued complaints to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, traffic division and also a letter to the sheriff and have had very little positive response.We have an issue on Jacqueline Road with speeding vehicles and...
Published: 08/06/18

Monday’s letters: Enough with praise for Pier sculpture

Aerial art to billow at Pier | Aug. 3Pier art: boon or boondoggle?Well, finally! The Janet Echelman sculpture project has been approved. The dust has settled and now, at the cost of $2.8 million an over-priced, glorified flag will be flapping ove...
Published: 08/03/18

Friday’s letters: Regain respect for the opinions of others

‘In the belly of the beast’ | Aug. 2Respect the opinions of othersWatching President Donald Trump’s latest rally in Tampa, I once again witnessed a shameful exhibition of hatred and discord. I saw those who mocked a CNN reporter with vulgar chant...
Published: 08/01/18
Updated: 08/02/18