Friday, December 15, 2017
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: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Updated: 6 hours ago

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17