Monday, October 15, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10

Canadian visitors are owed apology

Like many Pinellas County residents, Iím pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by and large they are outstanding guests. I wish those Canadians with whom Iíve developed friendships were here now so I could apologize personally for the boorish, even scurrilous attacks by President Trump on Prime Minister Trudeau.

There doubtless is room for honest disagreements about tariffs, but that doesnít excuse Trumpís "diplomacy" by personal vilification of our alliesí leaders. Even while the president attacks friends who share what we used to think were Americaís values, he praises dictators and strongmen like Russiaís Vladimir Putin.

I doubt any apologies will be coming from the White House as one of Trumpís chief aides suggested there is a "special place in hell" for Trudeau. Gov. Rick Scott has spoken in the past of the great importance of Canadians to Floridaís economy. Is it too much to hope that he or Sen. Marco Rubio will apologize to our Canadian friends on behalf of the state of Florida?

Tony Branch, Madeira Beach

Trump seeks balance for U.S.

Itís hard to understand why the Tampa Bay Times in its stories on tariffs fails to point out that Canada already imposes a nearly 300 percent tariff on American dairy products. I would classify this as an imbalance between our two countries. Yet you make Trump the bad guy for going to bat for America. All he wants is fairness with all countries on tariff issues.

One last fact about Canada: Its military budget this year is a little over $20 billion. The U.S. defense budget is $613 billion. Is it too hard to conclude that Canadians feel they can spend less on defense because U.S. taxpayers foot a big bill that also protects Canada?

Joseph Wynne, New Port Richey

Running out of time, cash
for entitlements | June 10

High earners should pay more

I have no problem with millionaires and billionaires collecting their Social Security checks as long as they contributed their 6.2 percent tax on earned income. What I have trouble with is that this 6.2 percent is capped at $128,400. That means if you earn $128,400 or $10 million, you will still only pay $7,960.

What is wrong with paying your fair share no matter how much you earn? If this cap were eliminated it would alleviate if not eliminate future Social Security shortfalls.

I can see why many young workers feel that they are contributing to a system that will not be there for them when they most need it.

Tim Halvey, St. Petersburg

Womenís summit draws protests | June 10

Protesters donít speak for all

Demonstrators at U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakisí Womenís Summit stated that the topics were belittling. Evidently the 250 people who registered for the summit did not find them belittling.

It is possible that the demonstrators were indeed demeaning those who registered by implying that their interests were of little consequence. Maybe the demonstrators would have been more enthused if "Costume Design for Creative Protesting" was one of the topics offered. However, like this protest, it might not have attracted enough people to be a worthwhile offering.

Janet Burt, Odessa


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

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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

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Published: 10/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Trump respects the justice system more than people think

Trump hails cops in Orlando | The Buzz, Oct. 8Trump is patientPresident Donald Trump continues to act with greater patience and respect for the justice system than he is given credit for. When accusations arose about Deputy Attorney General Rod R...
Published: 10/08/18

Monday’s letters: Florida and the right to vote

Yes on Amendment 4 | Editorial, Oct. 2The right to voteThe disenfranchisement of voters, particularly African Americans and felons, is a disconcerting artifact of Florida’s history. In recent times, no modern governor can claim a more aggr...
Published: 10/05/18

Sunday’s letters: September’s letter of the month

This notion of an inverse relationship between the amount of government and the amount of liberty is pure fantasy. Do all laws reduce our liberty? Of course not. Many increase our liberty. Do government roads and government traffic laws limit our fre...
Published: 10/05/18

Friday’s letters: ‘Big Mike’ was a kind man who will be missed

For several years my granddaughter, Bella, and I would bring breakfast to Michael Gentry during the week on our way to her school. He was always very kind and eager to talk about a variety of subjects. She loved to give him hugs and was 100 percent c...
Published: 10/04/18