Tuesday, August 14, 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


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...
Published: 08/13/18

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...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18

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