Friday, August 17, 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, I’m 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 I’ve 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 doesn’t excuse Trump’s "diplomacy" by personal vilification of our allies’ leaders. Even while the president attacks friends who share what we used to think were America’s values, he praises dictators and strongmen like Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

I doubt any apologies will be coming from the White House as one of Trump’s 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 Florida’s 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.

It’s 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

Women’s summit draws protests | June 10

Protesters don’t speak for all

Demonstrators at U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ Women’s 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


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

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