Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday’s letters: Gratitude for community’s love following Bayshore deaths

Bayshore Boulevard deaths

Gratitude for community’s love

Dear Tampa Community,

We were in your beautiful city last week, not vacationing, but mourning the loss of two precious lives, Jessica and Lillia Raubenolt. As we cried and hugged and held each other up, you surrounded us with love, compassion and generosity. Trays of food were left at our family’s doorsteps, restaurants provided meals and packed up boxes of food to be taken back to the hospital. Another Tampa resident started a GoFundMe account… a complete stranger!

The Tampa police chief and the Tampa General Hospital CEO personally visited the family in the hospital offering condolences and to provide assistance. In addition, the medical staff, pastoral services, LifeLink and many medical personnel from other departments in the hospital were exceptional in every way.

Then there was the beautiful memorial on Bayshore. The vigil was very emotional as we watched hundreds of people, most of whom were moms and their babies in strollers, coming to support the family.

As we leave Tampa, we begin the grieving and mourning process all over again with our friends and family in Ohio. Thank you, Tampa, for your kindness and prayers.

Tim and Connie Crow, Hudson, Ohio

The letter writers are friends of the Reisinger/Raubenolt family.

Bilirakis plan to help women
called a stunt | June 2

Out of touch with real women

How very condescending of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis! Allow me to point this elected official toward the reality of what truly matters to women:

• Healthcare, healthcare, healthcare,

• Affordable housing, affordable day care for children as well as the elderly,

• A woman’s right to choose, income parity, violence against women,

• Nutrition and the impact of chemicals/pesticides in our food chain,

• Public transportation,

• The environment.

While gardening is a wonderful de-stressor and weight loss certainly is a concern, there is more than ample advice out there on both subjects. Mr. Bilirakis ought to spend a couple weeks in the trenches with women to gain an understanding of the real world we live in. I would be happy to show him around.

Baerbel Dagon, Lutz

What we earn | June 3

Mayors’ pay out of balance

Your research into salaries around our area was very interesting in your new Floridian section. I found the wages for St. Petersburg Mayor Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin together totaling $373,131, while Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn makes $154,748, quite unsettling in comparison.

I wonder if any of your readers found that to be as disturbing as I did?

Robin Biloski, Madeira Beach

Floridian section

Disappointed so far

Sorry, but I found the new Floridian section underwhelming. What a disappointment. It lacks the Perspective section’s substance, which I enjoyed. I hope future issues will retain my interest, because today’s sure didn’t.

Diane Kornick, Clearwater


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...
Updated: 3 hours ago

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: 12 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