Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Don't add to Medicare confusion with vouchers


Confusing changes

As a senior citizen who previously helped my mother with her Medicare and who now has to ask my children for help in figuring out the complexities of Medicare drug plans, I can't believe that Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney want to make it even more complicated and confusing with vouchers.

Apparently, Ryan and Romney don't care that elderly seniors on fixed budgets will become more confused by having to shop for health care as they get older. Seniors like me have a difficult time just dealing with the curveballs that come our way as we age.

I can't imagine having to use a voucher to shop for health care at a time in my life when I am retired and don't have extra income to make up for the shortfall when the voucher money runs out. And don't tell me that I don't have to worry about it because it won't affect me. If it will affect my children or my grandchildren, it bothers me greatly.

Norma Bean, Tampa

Restoring America's prosperity Aug. 26, commentary

Details lacking

After reading Mitt Romney's opinion column, I felt I had not learned anything new about the details of his "plan."

He wants to make America energy efficient by 2020, but does not spell out anything about increasing vehicle mileage standards. There is nothing specific about how he would create jobs except by lowering taxes on small businesses.

He wants to cut spending, but again, will his plan reduce spending only on programs for the poorer and elderly? He wants to repeal Obamacare, but has not spelled out any workable alternative except allowing businesses to get more involved with a profit motive. He worries about our reduced military, but never mentions the United States spends more on our military than all other nations combined.

In conclusion, I mostly agree with Charlie Crist's opposing opinion column that points out Barack Obama's actual and measurable accomplishments.

Glenn A. Paul, Indian Rocks Beach

'Don't ask, don't tell'

No turning back

After years of worrying what might happen if lesbian and gay troops were allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, the Pentagon has released a report finding there has been no impact on morale, readiness or unit cohesion in the eight months since "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: "I have not found any negative effect on good order or discipline."

Now that it is clear there have been no problems, we should applaud the end of this flawed policy. Instead, the GOP platform wants to reinstate it.

We need to move forward. This is another example of how the GOP is only interested in taking us backward.

Sally L. Phillips, Tampa

Republican National Convention

Independent pitch

If Republicans want to reach out to independent voters, they need to realize we are not swayed by talking points that keep their minions wide-eyed. You want our vote? Talk specifics on cuts to programs and then the commonsense reasoning on how those programs will still be effective with such cuts.

Then show your math when explaining how more tax cuts and more spending on the military are going to pave the way for less deficit spending. By doing this, you might bring a shred of legitimacy back to the political process.

Jim Harvey, Tampa

Crist's shift is a sea change | Aug. 29, commentary

Party has changed

George LeMieux's criticism of Charlie Crist is laughable. He states, "This isn't the Charlie Crist I knew," but this isn't the Republican Party I knew.

Since being hijacked by the neocons, the Republican Party is no longer recognizable to Reagan-era Republicans. Crist has always been a moderate who was willing to negotiate and do what was best for his constituents, despite the flack.

Ray Day, Spring Hill


Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18