Friday, October 19, 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 donít 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, weíll be on the same time." Thatís 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 canít imagine there are benefits that are more compelling. Please, governor, donít 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 presidentís 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 Americaís 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 Haitiís 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

Legislatureís 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., wouldnít 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


Friday’s letters: Why a strong mayor makes sense for Clearwater

No on strong mayor | Editorial, Oct. 11A strong mayor for ClearwaterI have lived in Clearwater for nearly 45 years, and I believe in democracy. I believe our city should be led by an elected, full-time, term-limited mayor who is directly accounta...
Published: 10/18/18

Wednesday’s letters: Amendment 11 could save inmates from old, unduly harsh sentences

No on all of the other amendments | Editorial, Oct. 1Amendment 11 rights a wrongI fear that the Times editorial board recommendation to vote no on Amendment 11 missed the significance and value of the proposal. Voters are asked to modify the ȁ...
Published: 10/16/18

Tuesday’s letters: Natural gas is not a good replacement for coal

Opposition to natural gas shortsighted | Editorial, Oct. 13Natural gas is no better than coalAccording to the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, carbon emissions must decline to about 45 percent of 2010 levels over...
Published: 10/15/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Oct. 19

Writer: Trapping and releaseing feral cats not the answer
Published: 10/15/18

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Sunday’s letters: Join a civic association today

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Friday’s letters: Sexual assault victims are focused on surviving, not taking notes

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Published: 10/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Admit the fact of climate change so you can fix it

Climate alliance | Oct. 9 Admit the problem before you can fix itThe day after the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warned of a climate catastrophe if unprecedented action is not taken to limit greenhouse ga...
Published: 10/10/18

Wednesday letters: Why the Humane Society of Tampa Bay supports Amendment 13 to phase out greyhound racing

These are Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
Published: 10/09/18