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
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
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 makingMarch 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
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
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