Wednesday, October 17, 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 donít 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 artistís rendering of the proposed site of the new Rays stadium, I was amazed at all the available parking.

Oh wait, thatís 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 deputyís gun | June 10

Arresting the wrong person

Perhaps the Pasco County Sheriffís Office hopes we donít realize the absurdity of their decision to arrest the homeless man who "stole" the gun carelessly left by an officer in a menís room.

What? Why isnít this officer in jail? What if a child followed Detective DiVirgilis into that stall and shot himself? I donít know if the accused had nefarious intentions. I certainly donít 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


Wednesday’s letters: Amendment 11 could save inmates from old, unduly harsh sentences

No on all of the other amendments | Editorial, Oct. 1Amendment 11 rights a wrongI fear that the Times editorial board recommendation to vote no on Amendment 11 missed the significance and value of the proposal. Voters are asked to modify the ȁ...
Published: 10/16/18

Tuesday’s letters: Natural gas is not a good replacement for coal

Opposition to natural gas shortsighted | Editorial, Oct. 13Natural gas is no better than coalAccording to the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, carbon emissions must decline to about 45 percent of 2010 levels over...
Published: 10/15/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Oct. 19

Writer: Trapping and releaseing feral cats not the answer
Published: 10/15/18

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Friday’s letters: Sexual assault victims are focused on surviving, not taking notes

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Published: 10/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Admit the fact of climate change so you can fix it

Climate alliance | Oct. 9 Admit the problem before you can fix itThe day after the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warned of a climate catastrophe if unprecedented action is not taken to limit greenhouse ga...
Published: 10/10/18

Wednesday letters: Why the Humane Society of Tampa Bay supports Amendment 13 to phase out greyhound racing

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Published: 10/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Trump respects the justice system more than people think

Trump hails cops in Orlando | The Buzz, Oct. 8Trump is patientPresident Donald Trump continues to act with greater patience and respect for the justice system than he is given credit for. When accusations arose about Deputy Attorney General Rod R...
Published: 10/08/18