Monday, July 16, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday’s letters: It’s great that Tampa’s Democratic mayor works with a Republican governor

Dems wary of Scott, Buckhorn bromance | July 8

Itís not partisan to look out for Tampa

The focus of a mayor should be on success in his jurisdiction, no matter the partner, for the citizens who live in his area of responsibility. Mayor Bob Buckhorn, every day of his tenure as Tampaís mayor, has done nothing but focus on the good of the whole and the betterment of each life in his area of responsibility.

Leadership is about leading, driving and getting things accomplished in a public and forthright way. Buckhorn, an announced and proud Democrat, has worked with Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican. This professional economic development focused "partnership" between the mayor and the governor has and will continue to add value to our community and our development options. Tampa is on the march with lots of great ideas, investment and opportunities happening, and that is a culture led by an active and engaged mayor who has a vision, plan and energy to drive the plan to life. I agree with Buckhorn that being mayor is not a partisan job. I am proud and thankful for the leadership he has exhibited in his drive to make Tampa a better town for every citizen every day he has served as mayor, with as many diverse and helpful partners as he can find.

Kathleen Shanahan, Tampa

The writer is chair of Ground Works Solutions, Inc., and was chief of staff to Gov. Jeb Bush.

Abortion rights on line in election | Editorial, July 8

A witness to Roeís importance

Since dealing with a lack of available contraception and a frightening illegal abortion experience in the 1960s, I have been a strong advocate for the survival of Roe vs. Wade and, consequently, womenís reproductive rights, including easily accessible contraception and legal, safe abortion. Recent threats to these rights from so many directions seem overwhelming. As the editorial indicated, the results of this fallís gubernatorial election could have devastating impacts on womenís access to contraception and abortion. I urge all who want to protect a womanís right to all forms of reproductive health to vote accordingly and, in the meantime, keep pressure on our elected officials to do what is right for women. We must not go back.

Judy Gallizzi, St. Petersburg

Short-term rentals? Not in my back yard | July 8

Home rule and property rights

Legislators claim they donít want to hurt the property rights of buyers of second homes, used for short-term rentals, at the expense of one home owner. Thatís nonsense. We contacted every legislator about this problem and got no answer except for an automated response or two. A message to all politicians who support neutering local governments: This yearís vote will be used to oust every incumbent, regardless of party. You have neutered local governmentís ability to protect our property rights; itís our turn to neuter you to protect our property rights.

Roberta Hosken, Clearwater

Downtown waterfront wrong place
for sculpture | Editorial, July 7

Put it up somewhere else

I object to the placement of the Janet Echelman sculpture on Spa Beach. I strongly favor leaving the shoreline alone and not adding to the planned structures. I would rather see this sculpture in a place that doesnít obstruct the waterfront. Other places should be considered: Mirror Lake, Lake Maggiore or the Skyway area would be much better. I also wonder how a change to "active" park would treat future iconic ideas for the area, such as a local version of the London Eye?

Wayne Mock, St. Petersburg

Comments

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

Wednesdayís letters: Letís prepare Floridaís next generation for the jobs that have been created yet

Make Floridaís workforce globally competitivePrepare for jobs not yet createdIf you arenít amazed by the speed at which technology is changing our world, just think back 20 years. Would you have imagined cellphones with the capabilities of a laptop c...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/11/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for July 13

Re: School meals for all students | July 6 storyParents should pay for their ownThat article really got me to thinking ... why canít parents feed and care for their own children? When did it become othersí responsibility to do this? No one fed our th...
Published: 07/09/18

Tuesdayís letters: Itís great that Tampaís Democratic mayor works with a Republican governor

Dems wary of Scott, Buckhorn bromance | July 8Itís not partisan to look out for TampaThe focus of a mayor should be on success in his jurisdiction, no matter the partner, for the citizens who live in his area of responsibility. Mayor Bob Buckhorn...
Published: 07/06/18
Updated: 07/10/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for July 13

Scaring birds with fireworks is a problemThe justification of buying fireworks to scare birds is the biggest problem with fireworks. My wife and I retired to a small pond across from a nature preserve. On a recent holiday, we were enjoying watching b...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Monday’s letters: Let’s keep plastics out of the ocean now

Is a ban on plastic straws a step too far? | July 4 Plastic in oceanis not fantastic As a Tampa Bay native, I am thrilled to see a concerted effort to eliminate plastics pollution in the area, and encouraged to see small business and restaurant ow...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Sundayís letters: Keep the Rays in Tampa Bay

Ballpark site catches break | July 5Keep the Rays in Tampa BayLast month, the Tampa Bay Partnership led a delegation of nearly 20 Tampa Bay business leaders on a benchmarking trip to Houston, to explore the nationally recognized workforce develop...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/06/18

Saturdayís letters: Letter of the month concerns civility in public discourse

June letter of the month The winning letter addressed incivility in public discourseMud sticks to those who sling itI am an 83-year-old black, straight male. I lived with Jim Crow laws that deprived me of education, jobs, housing and service in publi...
Published: 07/02/18
Updated: 07/06/18