Monday, May 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Florida voters did their homework

Voters reject 8 of 11 constitutional changes | Nov. 7

Florida voters did their homework

I have to admit I had been concerned that the average person would not be interested, informed or diligent enough to understand the candidates and issues well enough to cast a valid vote. I thought a very good indicator this time would be the outcome of the 11 constitutional initiatives.

But the numbers indicate that there was a great grasp of the issues and that people made informed and intelligent choices; there was no indication of randomness in the numbers.

My trust in my fellow voter has been revived, and our future is in good hands. Thanks and admiration to everyone who honestly wrestled with the issues and stood in long lines to make their good citizenship count.

David N. Shadd, Clearwater

Many polls didn't predict tight race | Nov. 8

Think twice about polls

Now that the presidential election is over, we can see how significantly wrong the polls conducted by Mason-Dixon and published by the Tampa Bay Times were at predicting the results of the presidential election, both statewide and in the I-4 corridor.

I am not saying that the Times should not conduct and publish polls. But when the results of your polls are so widely different from the results of almost all other polling organizations (which they were), the Times should think twice. The Times should have seen that something was way off and found a new pollster.

Stuart Fraser, Gulfport

Voters weren't deterred

Congratulations to President Barack Obama and all the Florida voters who continued to hang on to hope after the paper declared a win for Mitt Romney a week ago. You showed you had resilience and resolve to get out and vote for the president and give him the opportunity to lead this great nation of ours. You sifted through all the misleading ads and mailings sent by the Republican Party and made your vote count.

We need to let our representatives know we are tired of their gridlock and filibustering and to work with the president to solve this fiscal crisis. Let your voices be heard and we can help steer this country back to prosperity and the esteem it deserves in the eyes of the world.

Paul Chmura, Spring Hill

Florida, the state of embarrassment Nov. 8, editorial

The national buffoon

Once again, Florida is the whole country's stupid cousin. On Wednesday morning, fully 12 hours after the last polls closed in the Panhandle, Florida hadn't finalized its vote count. New Jersey and New York, both responding to a massive natural disaster, managed to complete their vote counts despite thousands of their citizens voting in tents by flashlight.

Even Washington, D.C., with one of the most incompetent and inefficient municipal governments in the world, completed its vote count.

And Florida? It's the national buffoon, butt of a million snide jokes. Why can't we do this?

Wayne Griffith, St. Petersburg

Rove refuses to accept Fox News analysts' view | Nov. 7

Ballots, not bank accounts

One of the great underappreciated victories of the presidential election is the defeat of all the extreme, monied benefactors of the PAC machines, exemplified by Karl Rove's meltdown on Fox News. His nonacceptance of the Mitt Romney loss reflects his all-consuming belief that he is the ultimate political guru who, given enough money, could not lose.

His political bible is the philosophy expressed in Machiavelli's The Prince. It is his road map toward proper governance. The premise of one key essay in that collection, viewed in today's world, is that voters are wicked, simple and obedient, and therefore easily deceived by a prince capable of acting as a "great hypocrite and dissembler" who "cannot, must not, keep his word."

I hope that Rove is now having the daunting task of trying to explain to his "princes" that there are "reasons to color over his failure to keep his word" that their money would buy victory. Thankfully we are still a country that values the power of voters, not bank accounts.

Arthur Eggers, Tampa

Election 2012

Love of liberty

This election brought tears to the eyes of this hardened cynic. New Yorkers and voters from New Jersey voted in tents and other makeshift structures, using flashlights and hugging themselves against the chill winds. West Virginians, braving the cold and difficulties of being without electrical power, still rose early and drove considerable distances to exercise their American freedom of self-government. Such stories rolled across our country on Tuesday.

I won't bother to say whom I voted for. Because, despite the harsh rhetoric and sharp divisions of this last campaign, it still comes down to Americans' love of liberty and care for their communities and country.

Let's admire the pluck and perseverance of these people of many persuasions. With such dedication, surely we can find a way to come together and work with and for a government of the people, by the people, and for the people — real people, that is, not trumped-up organizations. This is America coming back to her roots.

Nan Owens, Seffner

Get back on track

The people did their job in this election, showing up strongly and having to overcome various obstacles to vote their choice. They chose to re-elect President Barack Obama, showing their support and confidence that he is more attuned with the majority of our country rather than favoring certain classes of Americans.

Now it is up to Congress, Republicans and Democrats, to work together as well as work with President Obama for the common good and welfare of all Americans in fair taxation, affordable health care, generating employment and improving our economy. I hope and pray the next four years will bring us the bipartisan government we voters have been long awaiting and will get this country back on track.

Jack Burlakos, Kenneth City

Primary task

I hope our Legislature learned something Tuesday. The presidential election was decided without Florida's influence.

These guys have deluded themselves about how "important" Florida is. Maybe they'll get the hint and move our primary back to where it belongs.

William Ott, Clearwater


Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9The right ideas, cash still neededThe administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of stude...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Saturday’s letters: Short-sighted prison cuts hurt society

Call to rethink prison cuts | May 10Short-sighted prison cuts hurt societyThe Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action wi...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/11/18