Friday, May 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health Centers

Health centers are a great deal

If you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citizens — and it is indeed pretty fantastic.

For more than 50 years, Florida’s Community Health Centers have been meeting our state’s health care needs by providing community-focused, team-based comprehensive primary care to those who need it the most. Community Health Centers are the lifeline for medically underserved communities, consistently providing the most efficient and cost-effective health care in the state and nation.

A new study documents just how valuable Florida’s Community Health Centers are — delivering a record-breaking $2 billion economic impact for Florida in 2017 while boosting our state’s physical and fiscal well-being.

In Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, Community Health Centers delivered more than $243.4 million in economic impact, creating 2,300 jobs in the process. This is an exceptional economic benefit for the Tampa Bay area, which saw the biggest benefit numbers in the state.

Community Health Centers merit funding from federal, state and local government and from private funders. As a testament to the great value of the services they provide, they have consistently raised the local matching dollars needed to draw down their share of the available Low Income Pool (LIP) funding the federal government generally commits on an annual basis.

By diverting patients from more costly emergency rooms and boosting preventive care, Community Health Centers save Florida taxpayers money and help reduce costs for Florida’s health system as a whole, with benefits to Florida’s employers and private payers. Between generating significant savings and creating jobs in local communities around the state, Florida benefits from the return on every dollar invested in Florida’s Community Health Centers.

Andrew Behrman

The writer is president and CEO of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers.

I don’t quote enough women | May 15, column

Find women and quote them

Kudos to columnist David Leonhardt for showcasing the under-reporting of women’s opinions in the media. This has also been shown to be true in publishing women’s pieces in professional journals, specifically medical journals in my field. This is a symptom of the larger ills in this society, which persists in marginalizing women in academic disciplines and as leaders and experts. Beyond Leonhardt’s ideas, my added prescription is to ask all journalists to seek women experts and quote them. Those who are on journal editorial boards should solicit women contributors to right the balance.

Dr. Jill Karatinos, Tampa

As U.S. opens embassy, 58 protesters
die in Gaza | May 15

Why was Scott there?

Why did Gov. Rick Scott join jubilant faces at the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem as Israeli soldiers killed 58 Palestinian demonstrators and wounded 2,200 at the Gaza border? Since when do sophisticated countries control crowds with live fire? We don’t need politicians who support apartheid-like policies.

Karen Knop, St. Pete Beach


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Updated: 7 hours ago

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18