Thursday, October 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies

Mother: Dead girl now ‘pure’ | Aug. 7

Two tragedies

This is another tragedy of a parent who became overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for an autistic child. But an equally bad sequence of events is likely to happen in the days and months to come.

Shakayla Denson was probably poorly equipped to care for this child, who had many challenges, including being non-verbal. She may have done her best with the resources she had, which, in our society, can be few and far between, depending on your circumstances.

But now, even though she was not able to make a rational decision on what to do next, and needed much more help than she had access to, or how to get what help was available, in all likelihood, she will be tried for first-degree murder and may spend the rest of her life in prison. The law wasn’t meant to be carried out for revenge. It’s supposed to be about justice. This is not justice.

Marie Chapman, Dunedin

Sheriff: Go back to New York | Aug. 7

A better way to respond

I felt some sympathy for Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri’s situation as the stand your ground law is a nightmare for law enforcement. However, after reading his response to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s speech, it seems he has missed the point.

The sheriff should be concerned about the statistics that Sharpton revealed. He could have expressed his sympathy for the family of Markeis McGlockton and admitted that this is a terrible law that has been made worse by the recent changes from our legislators. I voted for Sheriff Gualtieri last time he ran. Never again.

Ann Jamieson, Tarpon Springs

Keeping law and order

Sheriffs’ responsibilities are to maintain law and order in their communities. I would say telling the Rev. Al Sharpton to go home and mind his own business is correct. Thank you, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. We do not need pot stirrers nor do we need those feckless politicians who came to be seen. What a circus.

H.P. Sherwood, Clearwater


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...
Updated: 6 hours ago

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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Saturday’s letters: Don’t be silent about domestic violence
Published: 10/12/18

Monday’s letters: Sports entertains, and politics defines, not the other way around

Monday’s letters to the editor
Published: 10/12/18

Sunday’s letters: Join a civic association today

These are Sunday’s letters to the editor
Published: 10/12/18

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

Melania Trump: Women accusing men should ‘show the evidence’, Oct. 10Sexual assault is often hard to report to policeFirst Lady Melania Trump expressed her view that sexual assault victims should have proof before making al...
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