Wednesday, August 15, 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

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Updated: 9 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

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Published: 08/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Habitat should help the poor, not hurt them

Habitat lender choice blasted | Aug. 12Help, don’t hurt, poorAs a Habitat for Humanity admirer, donor and volunteer, I was disappointed to read how Habitat for Humanity’s Hillsborough County affiliate reportedly stumbled in delivering its mission...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18

Monday’s letters: A gun or a vote: danger is relative

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Published: 08/10/18

Sunday’s letters: July’s letter of the month is ‘Time for more civil debate.’

July letter of the monthTime for more civil debate"Politics" is an activity which involves power and control, arriving at decisions based on differing interests. Normally, leaders weigh the needs of the individual with the abilities of the country. C...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Saturday’s letters: A team effort made USF preeminent

USF and preeminenceA team effort vaulted USF The University of South Florida’s designation as a preeminent state research university is a prestigious accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work of faculty, staff and students and USF System Presiden...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Friday’s letters: Don’t let pollution be our legacy

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8Brown can’t be the new greenThis headline should have said "Republicans continue to pave their way across Florida, pollute the water supply and destroy animals and their habitat." The Republicans have controlled Tal...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18

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

Mother: Dead girl now ‘pure’ | Aug. 7Two tragediesThis 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 t...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Aug. 10

Jacqueline Road being misusedI have issued complaints to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, traffic division and also a letter to the sheriff and have had very little positive response.We have an issue on Jacqueline Road with speeding vehicles and...
Published: 08/06/18

Monday’s letters: Enough with praise for Pier sculpture

Aerial art to billow at Pier | Aug. 3Pier art: boon or boondoggle?Well, finally! The Janet Echelman sculpture project has been approved. The dust has settled and now, at the cost of $2.8 million an over-priced, glorified flag will be flapping ove...
Published: 08/03/18