Sunday, July 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday’s letters: Florida needs to catch up on recycling

Knowing trash from treasure | Dec. 28

Florida lags on trash recycling

It was refreshing to see Tracee Stockwellís article. Iím a snowbird from Wisconsin, where recycling has been mandatory for years, and Iím appalled at the abysmal rate of recycling in Florida. On my street in Holiday, there are only two households that recycle at all; in Wisconsin, it is rare to see two households that donít recycle.

As a single person, I generate a 13-gallon blue tote filled with recyclables every two weeks, and thatís without paper and cardboard that I recycle at the local public elementary school and aluminum cans that I donate to a local church group.

Iíd like to see a series of recycling articles for each county since the rules differ greatly. It was great to see Pinellas County doesnít charge extra for electronics or yard waste recycling; Pasco County charges $5 for TVs under 36 inches and yard waste is charged at $59.30 per ton (prorated at $2.97 per 100 pounds). At best, most people are putting yard waste and electronics in their residential trash; at worst, theyíre dumping it on the side of the road. The recycling costs should be included in our tax bill since I donít know anybody who doesnít have yard waste or hasnít gotten a new flat-screen TV in the last 10 years.

Itís time that Florida got caught up with the rest of the world with their recycling.

Thomas Hansen, Holiday

As other nationsí life-spans rise, it falls in U.S.
Dec. 28

Lifestyle choices to blame

I find it interesting that this article regarding falling life-spans in the United States fails to properly emphasize the real issue causing shorter life-spans. It is obesity (beginning in childhood) and lack of physical activity.

Itís not lack of paid maternity leave, nor lack of gun control, nor less than generous unemployment benefits, nor non-mandatory health care. Itís adult Americans being fat, eating processed foods, and young Americans spending too much time indoors playing computer games instead of running and playing outside.

Diabetes, heart disease and lifestyle cancers are the real killers, and those relate to obesity and lack of physical activity. The other factors noted are simply socialism excuses.

Eric Statham, Tampa

We need mass transit upgrades
Dec. 28, letter

San Franciscoís example

I couldnít agree more with this letter about upgrading mass transit system in this area. Iím from San Francisco and moved here in 2004. In San Francisco, we have multiple mass transit systems that interconnect with each other.

On street level are buses and streetcars. One story below the street is Muni. Two stories below the street is BART, which extends far outside San Francisco. It connects with the San Francisco and Oakland airports. There are also multiple ferry lines to take you across the bay. I exclude cable cars because theyíre taken over by tourists, making them difficult for San Franciscans to use. Every time I go back to San Francisco, I marvel at how I donít need a car or even a taxi to get around.

A constant complaint I hear from Floridians is how terrible traffic is. I hate being at the mercy of my car. In the heat and humidity of summers, I canít walk or bike and will not sweat in the heat waiting for a bus. As the writer said, itís time to do something.

Stan Koyama, Tampa

Utility rates may climb | Dec. 30

Enough is enough

Duke Energy wants ratepayers to fix "their" equipment? Donít they have business insurance, a rainy day fund or some other plan to cover storm damage? If not, then isnít this a form of malpractice? The only reason their shareholders havenít revolted is Dukeís dividends have stayed at 4 percent or above since the fourth quarter of 2012.

A power company with above-ground wires running from the Carolinas to Florida has to expect storm damage almost every year. The problem with rate increases is they go on even after the work is done and end up as a larger dividend and bonus for senior management.

Enough is enough. Tallahassee should remember 2018 is an election year.

Robert Spencer, Dunedin

Investors should pay

Duke should not be able to increase its rates. Most of us agree that Duke Energy did a substandard job when it came to hurricane preparation and response. They did not maintain the infrastructure, cutting back on tree trimming and other maintenance. The response to the power outages was painfully slow. Duke couldnít even communicate adequately with customers, rarely updating its social media and not updating information on repairs.

Yet Dukeís stock rises and it pays a hefty dividend to its investors because the company will likely not be held responsible for the poor response. Why should we as customers provide Duke, an already high-priced utility, with support? In a capitalist society shouldnít the investors pay their fair share?

The Public Service Commission should come in on the side of the consumer and deny this requested increase.

Lynn Bosco, Clearwater

Postal service

Slow delivery overseas

Last week the president posted a critical tweet about the post office and Amazon. If he needs to be critical of anything it should be the way the military handles packages to our servicemen and women.

My son is in the Air Force, stationed in Turkey. I have sent several packages to him during his tour. The last one (Publix cookies, which he loves) was mailed in early November and took five days just to get to Chicago. It then took almost another three weeks to get to him. This is ridiculous. It cost almost triple the price of the cookies to mail them.

I think our military personnel need better treatment than this.

Rick Johnson, St. Petersburg


Mondayís letters: More reaction to Trump

Trump sides with Putin over U.S.A. | July 17 editorialVoters will have to protect national securityThe American intelligence agencies are in unanimous agreement that Russia involved itself in the 2016 election, all to benefit the candidacy of Dona...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Sundayís letters: What to do about the National Flood Insurance Program

Timeís running out on flood insurance | Column, July 18Kill the flood insurance programThe Republican ethos (Sen. Marco Rubio) is that government should not interfere in markets and that privatization should be implemented whenever possible. That...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Saturdayís letters:

Time 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. Can America afford a soci...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Friday’s letters: Trump’s excuses about Helsinki

Trump got tripped up | July 18 A dangerous mix-up for a president President Donald Trump would have us believe that he misspoke when he stood on the world stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed belief in Putin rather than the un...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Thursday’s letters: Watch what Trump does ... and what he says

Trump sides with Putinover U.S.A. | Editorial, July 17 Watch what he does — and what he says, too Anyone who still takes issue with the allegation that Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president need only look at his shameful and ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/19/18

Tuesdayís letters: Leave fireworks to the professionals

Nobody is scaring birds with fireworks | Editorial, July 16Leave fireworksto the professionalsThe situation with fireworks has gotten completely out of control. I was at Curtis Hixon Park on the Fourth of July, and numerous people were exploding ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/17/18

Mondayís letters: Make investment in the Rays an actual investment with an actual return

Paying for ballpark will take teamwork | Editorial, July 12An actual return on investmentMuch attention has been given to the cost of the proposed Rays stadium in Ybor City and who will foot the bill. The three-legged stool of the Rays, the busin...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/16/18

Sundayís letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Floridaís land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Donít burn sugar cane, periodIn this column, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King got a lot of things right about how sugarcane burning negatively impacts the Glades communities w...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Saturdayís letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11The dangerous days before RoeI am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Thursdayís letters: The Raysí Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Raysí big dream is small ballpark | July 11The new stadium will be gorgeousI had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18