Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday’s letters: Freedom of speech isn’t freedom from others’ opinions

Family sues over pledge | May 8

Not free from others’ feelings

I can’t argue with one’s First Amendment right to free speech, no matter how much I might disagree with it. I can’t say a parent who attempts to instill an attitude, based on their own real or perceived injustices, into their child doesn’t have the right to do it. Likewise, if that person is compelled to make a legal issue out of an injustice they feel they’ve endured, that is also their right. What always must be remembered is that rights have no bearing on the feelings of others and the social consequences they create.

Steve Hemingway, Tampa

The Iran nuclear accord

The people will pay

President Trump has spoken, and we have reneged on our agreement with our allies and Iran. Withdrawing from this accord will lead to more conflict, if not outright war. Always, it is the people, not the government, who are the victims.

We, the people, will pay for further conflict and perhaps war in the Middle East with taxes and the creation of more debt. The Iranians and others will pay for it with their lives, the destruction of their economy and misery for their people.

Henry Pierson, Hernando Beach

Border order: Divide families | May 8

Reliving an ugly history

History repeats itself, but who would have thought the country we love would revert to separating mothers and babies? We did that on the auction block when mothers were sold to one slave owner and her children to another. How can we justify being so cruel in 2018, further traumatizing already traumatized young mothers and children? Are we really so stupid, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that we have to take these cruel lessons from the past? End this inhumane practice. This country should be better than this.

Anni Callaghan, New Port Richey


Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18