Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12
Ocean is no place for amateurs
First of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to comment on a few things.
First, any experienced sailor knows never to enter an unfamiliar port at night if at all avoidable. Next, check the weather, check the weather, check the weather — there is no reason to enter an unfamiliar port at night unless you had a weather event you were not expecting, and if some unexpected weather occurs, that is even more reason not to enter an unfamiliar port unless absolutely necessary.
Also, sailing for a couple of days from Alabama to Pensacola, and then making your way to Tarpon Springs, with no prior experience, does not qualify you to cruise the Caribbean. What would the readers’ reaction be if a couple without proper training had attempted to take an 18-wheeler across country with a couple of days training and crashed it on day one? Would it be as forgiving as this article?
People need to realize that the ocean is very unforgiving and can be very unkind to those who are overconfident or lack the proper training.
John Skey, Bradenton
Stadium site in Ybor City a good optionFeb. 10, editorial
Relocation in the cards
I hate to rain on this parade, but it just won’t work financially in this market. Because of our weather, any new stadium must have a roof, retractable or not. So there won’t be much of an aesthetic difference from the Trop in terms of watching the game. As far as the new fan base, the Rays may be able to offset the loss of Pinellas fans who won’t be willing to face rush-hour traffic to get to the new stadium, but I don’t see a significant net increase.
Speaking of attendance, the Marlins are 28th out of 30 teams the last three years, only marginally better than the last-place Rays despite a new stadium. Unless ownership is willing to put a lot more money on the table, a relocation to a city where the game can be played outdoors — such as Raleigh — is an eventuality.
Peter Ford, St. Petersburg
The question Trump failed to answer | Feb. 8, commentary
Get to root of the problem
What happened to Ava Rose Olsen, a 7-year-old girl who lost her 6-year-old friend to a bullet fired by a 14-year-old boy, is very sad. No one, especially someone as young as Ava, should be exposed to this kind of trauma.
But Leonard Pitts places the blame for this incident in the lap of President Donald Trump. Pitts should have zeroed in on the guilty party — the 14-year old assailant’s father. As indicated in the column, the assailant took his father’s handgun from a nightstand. Here is where all the blame lies; Pitts should have penned a letter to local law enforcement officials to investigate the assailant’s father.
Jorge Ponce, Trinity
Drumming up attention | Feb. 8
He’s lost my support
After following Rep. Richard Corcoran for the past couple years, I thought we had a man who could and would shake up our state politics and start us in a direction that would benefit Florida citizens. But after seeing his ad on TV depicting a girl being shot on the street, I realize that he is sinking to the level of other unscrupulous politicians.
I’m sorry that he couldn’t rise above the norm and embrace loftier ideals. He had my backing, but sadly, not now.
William Milavec, Ridge Manor
Opioids? Sessions suggests aspirin | Feb. 8
Policymakers need facts
As a dentist in practice for 33 years, I have written hundreds of prescriptions for opioids for pain relief. When non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines came out, my prescription writing for opioids was reduced considerably. However, I do still need to write for opioids because the over-the-counter pain medicines do not touch severe pain.
Most dental patients only need about three days’ worth of pain medicine, but not infrequently someone needs these painkillers for as long as a week or two.
Policymakers need to educate themselves regarding this topic, as it appears they do not have a clue about the patients who require opioids daily.
In addition, there is no talk about the real problem. The drug companies were pushing newly released opioids and telling doctors that they were not addictive when they had no such data. Legislators should be addressing this issue rather than dictating prescribing practices to physicians and dentists.
Ann Jamieson, Tarpon Springs
Man who hurt home sale faces 10 yearsFeb. 10
The wages of hate
I was astonished reading this article on the home sale on Davis Islands and must respond to David Howard’s whining. It’s not home seller Herb Donica’s fault that his life has been ruined. It’s hatred that ruined his life. And it was not "nobody’s business." It’s the "business" of good people to stand up against such hateful behavior. It’s great to know the neighbors held a friendship parade.
Janice Zorn, Tarpon Springs
Abstaining from meat
Today marks the beginning of Lent, when Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness. The call to abstain from eating animals is as current as the teaching of evangelical leader Franklin Graham, yet as traditional as the Bible (Genesis 1:29).
A meat-free diet is not just about Christian devotion. Dozens of medical studies have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer and other diseases.
Today’s supermarkets are well in tune with the call to abstain from eating animals. They offer a rich array of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses and ice creams, as well as the more traditional vegetables, fruits and grains.
Thomas Carter, Tampa