Monday, December 11, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Gun owners must secure weapons

Gun control is a nuanced idea | Dec. 23, commentary

Gun owners must secure weapons

I've long agreed with the message in this column.

We hear so much from the NRA about "responsible gun owners." It seems to me that any NRA member should agree that a responsible gun owner is capable of controlling the use of his or her weapon.

If a citizen is incapable of securing the weapon he carries or keeps, he should be responsible for any consequence of its use.

If Nancy Lanza had properly secured her weapons and ammunition from the son she knew had mental issues, she and 27 others including her son might still be alive.

With enough guns in circulation for each American to have one, it's time to decide: Are you willing to be responsible for your gun, or would you rather turn it in to be melted down?

Ken Lynam, Dunedin

Florida cowed by NRA long enough Dec. 27, commentary

Gun law suggestions

Here are a few reasonable New Year's resolutions for our state legislators to ponder.

I am a gun owner and understand that we can never get all guns off the streets, but we could make it a little more difficult for lawbreakers. The state could require flea markets and gun show private sellers to register all firearms sales. The state could require gun sale records be maintained for a minimum of 10 years and allow law enforcement to access the trail of gun ownership.

The state could also allow concealed weapons permits or renewals only to Florida residents. It is wrong to be in the mail-order concealed weapons permit business. Why not tax ammunition a dollar per bullet? This would be for all calibers and exclude law enforcement and federal agencies.

All of this could be in a single piece of legislation if the Legislature has the will to move past the NRA lobby.

Robert Weisman, Tampa

Has Newtown changed Obama? Dec. 23, commentary

Rights and commerce

David Rothkopf raises an interesting debate. The United States has spent $3 trillion to combat terror but has allowed Americans to own military-style weapons. Some 30,000 Americans die each year from gun violence; fewer than 5,000 died on 9/11.

I believe the only way to explain both is to say our government passes laws not to protect individuals but to provide business for corporations. One can claim defense through an amendment to the Constitution, but it actually comes down to making sure our economy continues to roll along.

Jim Demmy, Kenneth City

Scott: Higher learning is about higher earning Dec. 23

Training or education

Training should not be confused with education. Perhaps what should be established are institutions where people are solely trained to make money with no pretense of receiving an education. Instead of acquiring a university degree and therefore generally being considered an educated professional, one could obtain a certificate of training.

Pete Martinez, Tampa

Eureka! Now impose that carbon tax Dec. 24, commentary

First things first

Until the United States addresses immigration control and the inequities of trade imbalances with countries like China and India, any talk of esoteric taxes to support environmental improvements is simply ridiculous.

Since China has systematically denuded the United States of its manufacturing might over the past 30 years, most surplus capital for investment has migrated away from our shores, preventing our populace from obtaining good-paying jobs and private industry from getting vitally important investment funds to foster growth.

It is unfortunate that economists, removed from the hard facts workplace reality, don't consider the impact new taxes like these have on the economy and job creation.

Academia, government and taxes are all parasitic creations which feast off free enterprise. We should be more concerned with having a place for our children and grandchildren to work rather than an environmental utopia.

Let's see China truly impose these carbon tax initiatives, then about 30 years later, we can impose them.

Nathaniel James, Pinellas Park

Bill McBride dies at 67 | Dec. 24

'Good guy Democrat'

Shortly after he lost the 2002 election for governor, I encountered Bill McBride at a legal seminar and told him that even though I didn't vote for him, he would have done a good job. I added that my late father would have called him a "good guy Democrat." He laughed, shook my hand, and thanked me for at least voting.

David P. Carter, Seminole

McBride did good, and often Dec. 25, Daniel Ruth column

Generosity to all

Thanks to Dan Ruth for his kind words about Bill McBride. We who worked with and for him will never forget him.

One of the astonishing things he did was to raise the hourly wage of all the people in the office services department, chiding his partners that no one should have to live on $8 an hour. Alas, the Grinches who came after him saw fit to undo all that.

Judy Ellis, St. Petersburg

Trop finds favor in poll | Dec. 25

It will do just fine

Three cheers for the folks who want to keep the Rays at Tropicana Field. It is far from the worst baseball stadium I have ever been to watch a game. That honor would have to go to the converted Coliseum in Los Angeles some 55 years ago.

The one I liked the best was old Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The Trop is somewhere in between.

The Trop is plenty good enough for the market. The money it would take to build a new stadium would go far toward providing the much-needed rapid transit system that would benefit almost everyone in the Tampa Bay region.

The Times has had several articles and editorials about how much the country needs to spend on infrastructure. I can think of few, if any, investments that Tampa Bay could make that would benefit the region nearly as well.

Stanley Murphy, Zephyrhills


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...
Updated: 3 hours ago

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

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3Small businesses get tax reliefThe Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills. Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will deliver us the most powerful tax re...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17

Tuesday’s letters: Transplant bill will help Medicare patients

November Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the unresponsiveness of elected officials.Representatives aren’t listeningFor whom do our legislators work? I ask because my Florida senator doesn’t appear to work for me. I drove 27 miles on N...
Published: 12/04/17

Monday’s letters: A citizen’s heroic act

Suspect arrested | Nov. 29A courageous citizen’s actOn Nov. 28, a courageous act occurred in the Tampa Bay area. It was one that law enforcement professionals applaud and hope becomes more frequent. An ordinary citizen did the right thing and spo...
Published: 12/01/17

Saturday’s letters: Historic preservation process needs fixing

A preservation problem | Nov. 25, editorialApplication process needs fixingThere is a reason why smaller rather than larger groups of property owners are getting together to seek historic district designation: It is St. Petersburg’s application p...
Published: 11/30/17
Updated: 12/01/17