Sunday, August 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday’s letters: Mass transit success comes from thinking big and taking small steps

Support lacking for BRT | May 1

On transit, think big by taking small steps

Without mutual cooperation among the leaders of the tri-county Tampa Bay area, mass transit will never take place. A perfect example of such cooperation exists in the Portland, Ore., metropolitan area. State and local officials in three counties have, during the course of the previous four decades, exhibited exemplary leadership by collaborating to create a robust regional transit system that works exceedingly well. There are four main systems of transportation designed to keep as many automobiles off the road as possible: light rail, a streetcar, an aerial tram and a comprehensive bus system.

In addition, Portland also promotes a culture that encourages cycling and walking, with many bicycle lanes, something the Tampa Bay area is sorely lacking, frequently with fatal consequences. Indeed, apartment buildings with no parking facilities are being built in parts of Portland, encouraging people to either walk, cycle or take public transportation.

Thousands of motor vehicles are off the streets because Portland had the vision decades ago to implement these multiple modes of transit one by one as funding became available. The system has helped the massive influx of newcomers in recent years get around much easier than they would have otherwise, thanks to the foresight of these innovative leaders. In 2016, Portland was a finalist in the national Smart City Challenge. The Tampa Bay area? Nowhere on the list. Until such time as the tri-county Tampa Bay area decides that collaboration is in the best interests of its citizens, the area will not achieve its goal of attracting well-paying jobs and smart growth. It should do what Portland did — think big but take small incremental steps. I know. I lived there for 33 years until moving to Florida five years ago as worsening health made it necessary to live closer to my sister.

Gail Lowy, Largo

Par for this course | May 1, letter

Here’s some good news

Unemployment is way down, the number of folks on food stamps is down, the economy is humming and after previous administrations kicked the can down the road on North Korea, we have a good possibility of peace on the Korean peninsula. Yet a letter writer complains President Donald Trump didn’t attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He was smart in not attending that fiasco. Why would anyone want to sit there and get insulted? So far Trump is getting America on the right track, and that is what matters to me.

Robert Butler, Tampa

A vicious Wolf gives Trump
the last laugh | May 1, column

Candidly? Not funny

Peter Funt’s old dad, Alan, always seemed charming enough. Maybe because we didn’t know his politics. We know Peter’s now. He does not approve of Michelle Wolf’s jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He says she was "cruel, unfunny, profane, a Saturday Night Massacre of Dignity and Common Sense." Take Funt’s adjectives and descriptions, and multiply them by a million, and you have Trump’s life and presidency from the start to the present. And obviously, Trump is in a position to do catastrophically more damage with his sickening moral defects than Wolf ever will be, and he’s doing it aggressively.

Steve Douglas, St. Petersburg


Friday’s letters: I’ve lived in countries lacking a free press; you wouldn’t want to

Striving to keep truth flowingfor democracy | Editorial, Aug. 16I’ve lived in places lacking free pressMore than half my adult life I’ve lived, worked or studied in countries governed by dictators or authoritarian rulers in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ukr...
Published: 08/17/18

Monday’s letters: Why I left the Republican Party

Where is the blue wave of voters? | Aug. 14Why I left the Republican Party I clicked the button. Instantly I was no longer a Republican. I had believed we were experiencing a horrible hiccup in the history of the Grand Old Party. My party had sto...
Published: 08/16/18
Updated: 08/17/18

Thursday’s letters: Cigars are bad for your health

Tobacco rules don’t suit premium cigars | Editorial, Aug. 13Xyxyx xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxxxThe argument made in this editorial to exempt the premium cigar industry from FDA scrutiny is, in essence: They are not cheap, they are not fruit-flavored,...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/15/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Re: County authorizes takeover of SunWest Park | Aug. 10‘A poor idea from the startWith no fanfare whatsoever, we now have a new park that no one I know ever seems to use or even know where it is. If it is bringing hordes of tourists to our cou...
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

‘I went off the deep end’ | Aug. 10A gun or a vote: danger is relativeAt the demonstrable risk of having someone lose his fragile temper, grab his guns, storm out his door and speed to my home to shoot me for saying so (and why NOT, Florida Legis...
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