Sunday, July 22, 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


Monday’s letters: More reaction to Trump

Trump sides with Putin over U.S.A. | July 17 editorialVoters will have to protect national securityThe American intelligence agencies are in unanimous agreement that Russia involved itself in the 2016 election, all to benefit the candidacy of Dona...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Sunday’s letters: What to do about the National Flood Insurance Program

Time’s running out on flood insurance | Column, July 18Kill the flood insurance programThe Republican ethos (Sen. Marco Rubio) is that government should not interfere in markets and that privatization should be implemented whenever possible. That...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Saturday’s letters:

Time 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. Can America afford a soci...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Friday’s letters: Trump’s excuses about Helsinki

Trump got tripped up | July 18 A dangerous mix-up for a president President Donald Trump would have us believe that he misspoke when he stood on the world stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed belief in Putin rather than the un...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Thursday’s letters: Watch what Trump does ... and what he says

Trump sides with Putinover U.S.A. | Editorial, July 17 Watch what he does — and what he says, too Anyone who still takes issue with the allegation that Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president need only look at his shameful and ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Leave fireworks to the professionals

Nobody is scaring birds with fireworks | Editorial, July 16Leave fireworksto the professionalsThe situation with fireworks has gotten completely out of control. I was at Curtis Hixon Park on the Fourth of July, and numerous people were exploding ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/17/18

Monday’s letters: Make investment in the Rays an actual investment with an actual return

Paying for ballpark will take teamwork | Editorial, July 12An actual return on investmentMuch attention has been given to the cost of the proposed Rays stadium in Ybor City and who will foot the bill. The three-legged stool of the Rays, the busin...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/16/18

Sunday’s letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Florida’s land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Don’t burn sugar cane, periodIn this column, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King got a lot of things right about how sugarcane burning negatively impacts the Glades communities w...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Saturday’s letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11The dangerous days before RoeI am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Thursday’s letters: The Rays’ Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11The new stadium will be gorgeousI had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18