Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday’s letters: Cake shop ruling balances religious freedom, civil rights

Court decision on gay rights,
religion murky | June 5

Ruling balances both sides’ rights

The Supreme Court just ruled that tolerance swings both ways.

Religious people have the right to follow their religious convictions just as gay folks have the right to celebrate by commissioning baked goods with messages of their choice sculpted in frosting — just as it should be.

Our gay brothers and sisters might be surprised to learn that conservatives and even strict constructionist religious folk wish them well and even want them to enjoy analogous civil rights in the form of civil unions while preserving the term "marriage" for the traditional couplings as proscribed by churches, synagogues and mosques that invented the rite long before it was transformed into a right pushed by secular progressives.

The activists are not interested in the cake of equal rights unless it comes with the icing of outraging people of faith.

Dwayne Keith, Lakeland

Declining fertility rate
worrisome | June 4, editorial

Don’t ignore abortion’s toll

The editorial laments the decreasing fertility rate among women in the United States. You mention how women are waiting longer to have children, the need for social services for poorer women and the role of immigrants.

But you completely skip over the almost 1 million abortions that occur every year in this country. Since you have taken a stand on women’s right to abortion, your political blindness failed to see the 500 pound gorilla in the room.

Christopher Martinez, Land O’Lakes

Lobbyists pack leverage | June 5

Corcoran’s hypocrisy shows

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s statement, while supporting his brother’s inordinate success in receiving money from the Legislature to satisfy civil claims, is the height of absurdity.

Him saying: "Always side with those citizens over government" flies in the face of Tallahassee reality. In every situation where he and his monied interests have disagreed with the expressed wishes of the "citizens" of this state, he has used whatever tools he could devise to thwart or delay their desires. Only when his brother has an opportunity to squeeze tens of thousands of dollars from our tight-fisted government does he become concerned about the "people."

Arthur Eggers, Tampa

Friends stunned
by racing tragedy | June 3

Put more focus on victims

Your article provided an abundance of comments and testimonials related to the perpetrators and cause of the terrible tragedy. The three boys have had their "15 minutes of fame," albeit in a fashion they would rather forget.

It is unfortunate you gave scant coverage and very little attention to the victims, their family and friends. While the article talks about the lives of the three boys being forever changed, the article gave little attention to the lives of the victims — whose lives didn’t change. They died.

Steve McCarver, Dunedin


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...
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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: 10 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