Monday, September 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday’s letters: Guess what? Oil reached our beaches

Deepwater Horizon oil spill didnít really hurt Florida, pro-drilling leaders say | Aug. 27

Oil on the beach

Former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp has just demonstrated the uselessness of that position. If he really doesnít know enough about what happened with the BP oil spill to avoid the ridiculous statements he has made, he wasnít doing his job. Otherwise heís just another shill for the oil industry. The country doesnít even need more oil, and Florida has a bigger stake in clean beaches and a productive Gulf of Mexico. We do have a knack for attracting those who would try to make a fortune off our dwindling natural resources.

Jane Sellick, Palmetto

Who will teach my childís
college classes? | Column, Aug. 25

Learning to think well

So nothing has changed since I was an adjunct teacher of freshman composition in New York City in the mid-1970s. Not even teachers of other disciplines would acknowledge that teaching composition is the most labor intensive of any subject due to the need to mark up and grade several compositions per student per semester. If comp teachers are being diligent, they must mark out every error for the student: grammar, vocabulary, logic, organization, etc. This is extremely time consuming.

After a few years of doing this, I once calculated all my hours and discovered I was earning only about $4 per hour, not a living wage even back then. So I burnt out and quit. The powers that be simply donít care. There are more English graduate students dying for a part-time job than you can shake a stick at, not to mention the Ph.D.s who canít find a full-time job. The pityís that learning to write well is really the same as learning to think well. When even the college-educated are not clear thinkers, our society is in trouble.

Shirley Copperman, Tarpon Springs

A diploma, big debt, and
then what? | Column, Aug. 25

Tips for indebted student

The columnist requested empathy, but hereís something better. As Stephen Covey said in his The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, begin with the end in mind. Research career fields with better opportunities; journalism isnít one. Start with the Department of Labor website, which provides job projections. Instead of racking up higher debt at a private university, consider a state university in a good field. Finally, consider working for a not-for-profit, a government or as a teacher in depressed areas, which can expunge student loans and generate a paycheck. Just suggestions; seek more.

Kimball Adams, Largo

New angle on stand
your ground | Aug. 26

A guy with a gun

Iím curious. Is the NRA calling Michael Drejka a "good guy with a gun" or a "bad guy with a gun"?

James Dina, Dunedin


Tuesday’s letters: Amendment 4 is a matter of reason

Amendment 4 will save taxpayers money | Column, Sept. 23Amendment 4 is a matter of reasonMy lifelong Republican brother is a moderate, more mainstream thinker, not wedded to extreme right-wing orthodoxy, so I asked him how he plans to vote on Ame...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Monday’s letters: Dr. Robert Judson made great contributions to Pasco-Hernando State College

A pioneer in Pasco-Hernando education | Sept. 19Robert Judson pushed education forwardI had the pleasure of working with the late Dr. Robert Judson, the former president of what is now known as Pasco-Hernando State College, for many years. During...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/24/18

Saturday’s letters: We need stats that reflect our lives

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18We need stats that reflect our livesMajor news outlets have uniformly declared the U.S. economy to be sizzling, on fire. This column was correct in wanting us to take a second, hard l...
Published: 09/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Inequality hurts democracy

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18Democracy needs equalityEconomic inequality and the concentration of wealth have achieved levels beyond the comprehension of most American wage earners today. Income inequality has ri...
Published: 09/21/18

Friday’s letters: Florida’s workers aren’t reaping benefits of a booming economy

Scott didn’t put them to work | Sept. 16Florida workers not reaping the benefitsFlorida has just surpassed a GDP of $1 trillion. However, workers in Florida are not reaping the rewards. A new report released by anti-poverty organization Ox...
Published: 09/21/18

Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Mondayís letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check ó in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18