Tuesday, June 19, 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


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 ...
Updated: 5 hours ago

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

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18