Friday, January 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: America built on respect for all

Requests on race an 'open secret' | Nov. 11

America built on respect for all

Reading this article, I had a mixture of feelings: anger, disappointment, frustration.

I am a European who spends half the year here, and I love this country and its people.

But how can it happen that still nowadays such a distinction is made on the basis of skin color? I blame the hospital management for following this request.

Let us not forget that the United States is strong because there are people of different colors, languages, education, etc., and all have only one thing in mind: respect for the country and its Constitution.

On Monday, American citizens honored veterans — those who served, those still on duty, and those who lost their lives in service of their beloved country. These soldiers gave their lives, and nobody asked whether they were white or black.

Liette Majerus, St. Petersburg

When will the cries of children be heard? Nov. 10, John Romano column

Support for oversight

As a past protective services social worker, I am appalled by the number of child deaths in Florida. The job of a child welfare worker is demanding and difficult; it requires diligence, focus, understanding of family dynamics and child development, and communication skills. These workers should be professionals who are educated, trained, supported and well-supervised.

The court system should also provide consistent and knowledgeable oversight as these children are followed through the system. New or revised risk assessment instruments will not make a difference; only increased funding from our Legislature will. Hopefully, Gov. Rick Scott will not pursue his stated plan to cut more millions from the agencies that are responsible for protecting these vulnerable citizens in his relentless pursuit of shrinking the state workforce.

Judy Moore, Lutz

Protect the children

According to John Romano's recent column, we need to do a better job protecting our children from being abused and possibly killed. As he states, "The number of children who have died in Florida this year because of abuse or neglect is both horrifying and shockingly routine."

As he points out, the Department of Children and Families and the Florida Legislature need to do more to help these children. Is there anything more important than our children?

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, but every month should be child abuse prevention month.

It is my fervent hope that the leaders of DCF and the Legislature will have the gumption to work together to solve this crisis so that all our children will have a future.

Gerard Vernot, Land O'Lakes

State speed limit may rise to 75 mph | Nov. 13

How fast is too fast?

Interstate 75 is not Germany's autobahn, although the last couple of times I drove on it, in either direction, it appeared to be.

On my way to Sarasota and upon return I put my car in the left lane, put the cruise control on 75, 5 mph over the speed limit, and headed to my destination. Dozens of cars flashed their lights behind me, gave me a special sign with their middle finger, and sped by, often at speeds in the 80 to 95 mph range.

The good news is that alcohol-related fatalities and unbelted-driver deaths have dropped in the past decade in the United States. The bad: Speeding fatalities are on the rise. In 2010, 10,530 people died in crashes that were linked to speeding; since 2000, speeding-related deaths are up 7 percent.

John Osterweil, Tampa

Stores hope buyers gobble sales | Nov. 12

No rest for the workers

The money hoarders strike again. Thanksgiving is a day that families get together and give thanks for what we have. It is on a Thursday, which used to give many average workers a four-day weekend to spend with loved ones.

Corporate greed took that away with the invention of Black Friday, offering big sales to save us money. Now they want to take the holiday away by opening on Thanksgiving Day to get more of our money.

How many families will not have a Thanksgiving dinner because mom or dad has to go to work? The sad thing is that no matter how much money the retailers make, it will never be enough.

Harry Liaros, South Pasadena

A line in the sand | Nov. 10

Complying with the law

I have been an Anna Maria property owner for 57 years and a resident for the past 12. The first goal in our comprehensive plan's land use section is, "Ensure that the single-family residential character of the city of Anna Maria is maintained and protected … while maximizing the enjoyment of man-made resources by the citizens and minimizing the threat to health, safety, and welfare posed by hazards, nuisances, incompatible land uses, and environmental degradation."

I spent three terms on the City Commission working with numerous others arriving at the comprehensive plan of 2007. We are what we are by design. Those who object to our ongoing efforts to comply with our plan, as we are obliged to do under Florida law, have numerous other beach communities to choose from.

Duke Miller, Anna Maria

Flood insurance reform act gives relief to policyholders | Nov. 11, commentary

Not much relief here

It is hard to see the "relief" in the proposal presented by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. The core of his proposal is presented in the following 22 words: "cap annual NFIP premiums to no more than the appraised value of the structure at the time of purchase divided by 30," with no additional detail.

I went to a website and entered data for a fictional 1,800-square-foot structure in the St. Petersburg area. The site calculated $324,403 to build this reasonably sized structure.

Using this as the appraised value at the time of purchase and dividing by 30 yields an annual flood insurance premium of $10,813.43 under the formula proposed by Bilirakis. I do not see the "relief" provided by this proposal for those of us wishing to live in modest homes within flood zones of our beloved city.

Dick Kane, St. Pete Beach


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

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18