Tuesday, August 14, 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


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