Monday, May 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


Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9The right ideas, cash still neededThe administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of stude...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Saturday’s letters: Short-sighted prison cuts hurt society

Call to rethink prison cuts | May 10Short-sighted prison cuts hurt societyThe Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action wi...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/11/18