Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday’s letters: Beware candidates backed by billionaires

DeSantis declares governor run | Jan. 6

Beware the billionaire backing

This line says it all: "The congressman already has the support of the president and several billionaires." If you continue to vote for billionaire-backed candidates, you will get exactly what you voted for: more catering to the wealthy and nothing for the majority of working Floridians. And this should be the final red flag: the fact that the self-centered narcissus president just gave thousands more to the wealthy in the disguise of a new tax plan.

Still optimistic? Then my final advice is to quit reading fake news and do some real research and investigating. Check out how these politicians voted on the issues that matter to Florida and you. You will be voting then as an informed citizen instead of a political puppet.

Tina Koufas-Eisbacher, Largo

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6

Protect responsible users

I am not a lobbyist or GOP supporter, but count me as an opponent of this ill-advised bill. Last year I underwent total knee replacement of a severely damaged knee and learned what truly excruciating pain feels like. Following surgery, I was on both oxycontin and oxycodone for two weeks and then oxycodone alone for another two weeks. After stopping cold turkey, I felt a little chilly and achy for a couple of days but more importantly I felt human again. I had no desire to resume consumption of narcotics. At some point I will need to replace the other knee and I am concerned that I may have to travel to another state or even country in order to receive adequate pain control.

Will one of the bills proponents please explain to me why I should suffer because some people cannot take their medication responsibly? I am sympathetic to those who become addicted, but wouldn’t it be more effective in the long run to develop programs to help these folks recover rather than punish the rest of us?

Alvin Wood, St. Petersburg

Getting to the bottom line

As usual, doctors, drug companies and some Republicans "fear losing control or profits." It’s not about health; it’s about control or profits, with the emphasis on profits.

G.B. Leatherwood, Spring Hill

Shameful lack of respect | Jan. 6, letter

Criticism is American way

As an American citizen, let me be the first to tell the letter writer that our Constitution allows us to be that proverbial fan who "pays his money" and is free to say what he thinks of a team. My view is that Donald Trump is a disgrace to the office he holds. He is ignorant, with no interest in becoming informed. He is a bigot as regards to both religion and race. He is narcissistic, requiring continual adoration from people around him. He has no moral compass to guide him as to what is right or wrong. He could easily pass any lie detector test since he doesn’t seem to know the difference between truth and fiction.

If the letter writer expects us as American citizens to let all that pass without a murmur, then she must really think all of us are fools.

Rene Tamargo, Tampa

Work toward common good

It took one of our good neighbors from the north to point out the shameful lack of respect shown our president. Like it or not, the people picked him, so work with him; united we stand, divided we fall. Remember, no person is perfect. If our Congress would work together, we would see some positive results for our country.

Alton Shedd, Zephyrhills

We’ll trade for Trudeau

To the Canadian letter who feels our president has done so many great things for America and has been slandered and disrespected by American citizens, I say let’s make a deal. We will trade you Donald Trump for Justin Trudeau and as a pot sweetener we will throw in Trumps’ Cabinet appointees and as many of our Republican congressional sycophants who share his political views.

After a year of his hate-filled Twitter rants combined with his dog-and-pony show, we’ll see if you still feel so fond of us.

Joseph Fernandez, Land O’Lakes

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5

Applause for Scott, Rubio

I have never been a fan of either Gov. Rick Scott or Sen. Marco Rubio, however I applaud them for taking a stand against oil drilling off Florida’s shores. I hope they stick to it.

Dolores Gavaza, St. Petersburg


Good news on jobless front

You probably will not read this in the liberal newspapers or hear it on liberal TV. In December, the unemployment rate for black Americans dropped to 6.8 percent, the lowest ever recorded.

The government has been tracking unemployment by race for 45 years, since 1972.

The Hispanic unemployment rate remains at a near record low of 4.9 percent, up just a bit from the record of 4.7 percent in November. White unemployment sits at 3.7 percent, while only 2.5 percent of Asians are unemployed.

Charles Graham, Pinellas Park

Our inequality problem | Jan. 6, commentary

Economic benefits flowing

I may not be the chair of a university economics department, but I’m aware that the tax bill the writer accuses of exacerbating inequality has, due to the corporate tax drop, already benefited at least a million workers with salary increases and bonuses. The expense of a carbon tax he wants on fossil fuels would be passed on to customers, hurting the poor disproportionately and doing almost nothing for climate change. And if the bill contains policies that even the writer acknowledges will boost growth this year, they will not somehow diminish as he implies but be in place for continued growth next year and the one after.

Eric Greenbaum, Tampa


Wednesday’s letters: UF no longer kills birds to protect crops at its experimental farm

Documents show 150 birds killed to protect university work | Aug. 21UF no longer kills birds at test plotThe headline on this story, though factual, obscures a more nuanced truth. The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sci...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Sculpture will be safe for the birds

Sculpture raises bird safety fears | Aug. 14Sculpture will be safe for the birdsIt’s gratifying and exciting to be moving ahead with the design of an outdoor sculpture for the Pier District in St. Petersburg. I want to thank the City Council, cit...
Published: 08/20/18
Updated: 08/21/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Aug. 24

Thanks and praiseI would like to say thank you and praise Michael Steele, who oversees code enforcement needs in Hernando County. This man has always been on top of enforcing the codes near us and deserves recognition for the fantastic and profession...
Published: 08/20/18

Friday’s letters: I’ve lived in countries lacking a free press; you wouldn’t want to

Striving to keep truth flowingfor democracy | Editorial, Aug. 16I’ve lived in places lacking free pressMore than half my adult life I’ve lived, worked or studied in countries governed by dictators or authoritarian rulers in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ukr...
Published: 08/17/18

Monday’s letters: Why I left the Republican Party

Where is the blue wave of voters? | Aug. 14Why I left the Republican Party I clicked the button. Instantly I was no longer a Republican. I had believed we were experiencing a horrible hiccup in the history of the Grand Old Party. My party had sto...
Published: 08/16/18
Updated: 08/17/18

Thursday’s letters: Cigars are bad for your health

Tobacco rules don’t suit premium cigars | Editorial, Aug. 13Xyxyx xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxxxThe argument made in this editorial to exempt the premium cigar industry from FDA scrutiny is, in essence: They are not cheap, they are not fruit-flavored,...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/15/18

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