Thursday, April 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving time

Daylight bill is bad for business

I encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Eastern Seaboard, which is arguably the financial and business hub of the country, will be an hour earlier than Florida for five months of the year and California will be four hours behind us. It will add enormous confusion, and I don’t see the benefit.

I can just imagine telling my business associates in New York, "So, from now on, we will be an hour earlier than you, but only from November through the middle of March. The rest of the year, we’ll be on the same time." That’s just nuts.

We are in the commercial construction business. Our field workers start work at 7 a.m. Now it will be too dark to start five months of the year, and we will have to change work hours and then change back again, which will become a significant burden. It is a disruptive lifestyle change for many who have other obligations (second job, pick up the kids from day care, etc.) at the end of the day. There are also the safety concerns of a longer dark morning for many months of the year, which is a serious issue for traffic safety, especially when combined with millions of schoolkids waiting for buses or driving to school in the dark.

It has been widely demonstrated that there is no measurable energy savings from daylight saving time. Energy saved in the evening hours is replaced by energy used in the dark mornings. When you begin to assess all the issues this will create, I can’t imagine there are benefits that are more compelling. Please, governor, don’t let this become law.

Alan C. Bornstein, Creative Contractors Inc., member, Florida Council of 100, Clearwater

North Korea

Get inspections, then meet

When is our president going to understand that he is being "played" by North Korea with Vladimir Putin pulling the strings?

If there is any truth to the overtures of "peace," simply demand that the nuclear facilities of North Korea be opened to inspection by the United Nations, along with checking ballistic missile production before our president meets with their leader.

And why is a military parade in Washington so necessary to massage our president’s ego (at an expense of $30 million) when there is no priority or urgency about investigating cyber attacks on our democratic election system? We need answers to "Make America Great Again."

Mitchell A. Radin, Clearwater

School security

Plenty of help is available

After 30 years on the Chicago Police Department, I retired and moved to Florida. I quickly found part-time work as a security officer at one of the local hospitals.

There must be thousands of retired police officers from all over the country residing in Florida who would gladly work part-time as a school security officer. This might be something worth looking into.

John Waitman, Palm Harbor

The Haitian tragedy of America’s making
March 10, commentary

Why keep blaming Trump?

In this column on U.S. involvement in assistance to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, the writer correctly listed the historical facts of our past involvement in Haiti’s affairs, then the mismanagement of assistance.

Then the name of Donald Trump comes up mostly in reference to his alleged comment about Haiti in unpleasant terms. But not a single name of anyone responsible from 2010-16 is mentioned.

Who was president then? Was the Clinton Foundation involved in the alleged mismanagement during that time? Who approved the NGOs involved in the effort?

Blaming Trump seems to the daily flavor; anyone else is untouchable.

Antonio Suarez, Tampa

Social media

Too young for Facebook

It would be a dream, but what if the powerful CEOs of social media sites set the minimum age to participate at 18 or even 16?

By doing this, it could help solve problems linked to the socialization of children, attention in schools, bullying, and avoiding future acts of violence. Certainly some of these leaders have children of their own and can see the effects the addictions to these sites have caused.

Jeff Francis, St. Petersburg

Big issues fill final hours | March 11

Legislature’s failure

I was stunned to read that the Legislature could not outlaw sexual harassment by legislators, candidates for public office, agency employees and lobbyists, including the hiring of "closers" by lobbyists to provide sexual favors to legislators in exchange for favorable legislation.

I spent 18 years as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate being lobbied, and 20 years as a lobbyist for educational organizations, and I never encountered or heard of such a thing as "closers." I guess they must exist in Florida if someone feels they need to be banned. Florida certainly has a strange sense of values.

John Childers, St. Petersburg

Trump to get military parade | March 10

Better ways to spend $30M

So the president has been granted his wish for a military parade at a cost of $10 million to $30 million. What a way to spend taxpayer dollars.

In light of the tragedy at the VA center in Yountville, Calif., wouldn’t that money be better spent on our veterans? So many come home with injuries, so many are homeless, and what about those who have been denied treatment or spend years waiting for an appointment? Coming from a family of military veterans, I am appalled at spending this money on a parade.

Dawn Rinaldi, Tampa


Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18