Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Candidate replies for Aug. 15

Editor's note: The Tampa Bay Times offers candidates not recommended by the editorial board an opportunity to reply.

Marc Yacht

School Board

Why I am running? As a physician, I hope to bring medical expertise to the School Board. My review of health policy is needed.

I would advocate the protection of resources. Florida ranks among the lowest in the nation for public school funding. Enhanced funding is required, not adjusting to cuts.

Further hemorrhaging of public school resources continues with charter school growth and voucher credits. I am concerned that many charter schools have relationships with legislators and contractual agreements that suggest conflicts. These relationships should be investigated. Over one third of charter schools have closed while new ones open. Where's the money?

I argue for reasonable teacher accountability. Value-added models and other tools have proven inadequate and unfair. Aspects of the child's home environment, poverty, and intelligence must be factored into evaluations.

I am running to change the mind-set and add a different voice to the Pasco County School Board.

Henry Wilson

County Commission

Henry Wilson Jr. has been a faithful commissioner standing up and fighting for what is right for the citizens of Pasco. He has worked hard and proven himself as a leader. The last Thursday of the month he works in a different county department to get a more rounded view to make his decisions.

Wilson has brought the issue of franchising before the board many times and each time the idea is ignored by his fellow commissioners. The same haulers who oppose this idea to the other commissioners are the same ones who have sat in his office and agreed with his plan.

Henry reads every page of every budget and makes sure that the tax dollars are spent appropriately; he does not hesitate to question staff. He will not be pressured by any other commissioner to make a decision before all the facts are collected and questions are answered.


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Published: 01/22/18

Monday’s letters: Tampa Bay deserves rail as an option

New transit option: BRT | Jan. 12Tampa deserves rail as an optionI was disheartened by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s statement about his exhaustion with public transit discussions. It sounds like the government of Tampa has given up on ever realizin...
Published: 01/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Bay area shortchanged on foster care funds

Opioid crisis herds kids to foster care | Jan. 9Bay area foster care shortchangedAs mentioned in this article, the growing opioid epidemic is unfortunately bringing more children into the Florida foster care system. While substance abuse has hist...
Published: 01/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Diagnosis by journalist playing doctor

Trump’s sanity grades | Jan. 19, commentaryAn inept journalistic diagnosisI was worried the Tampa Bay Times wouldn’t find someone qualified to rebuke the findings of noted physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. To the rescue came the brilliant Gail Collins...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/22/18

Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18