Sunday, June 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Jeb Bush voices welcome pragmatism

Bush: End the parties' logjam | June 12

Cooperate, get things done

My hat is off to Jeb Bush for his "out of step" comments regarding the current strict adherence to ideology by elected members of the Republican Party. Accommodation and cooperation, and a willingness to resolve the problems of our state and nation, should be uppermost in the minds of all elected officials.

In 2004, Sen. John McCain was a maverick, a progressive moderate. In order to become the 2008 nominee of his party he moved to the right and has remained very partisan. Mitt Romney has done and is doing the same thing.

Maurice A. Batista, Lutz

Leaders should listen

I was never a great admirer of former Gov. Jeb Bush, but I must admit his call to "end the parties' logjam" sent him skyrocketing in my opinion. Whether his comments are politically motivated or not, he's speaking out for the right course of action. That takes backbone. Let's hope other leaders in both parties pay attention.

Lucille Lane, Brooksville

Behind the rhetoric, voter suppression June 12, editorial

It's not a partisan issue

The Times once again accused Gov. Rick Scott of "voter suppression," but a front-page article the same day reported: "So far there's less evidence of suppression and more evidence of fraud."

The refreshingly balanced article goes on to report that removals from the voter rolls largely mirrored the state's party registration. This would seem to validate the governor's assertion that this is not a partisan issue.

T.S. "Mac" McDonnell, St. Petersburg

Purge spurs lawsuit duel | June 12

Encouraging illegal voting

With the federal government now suing the state of Florida to stop purges of county voter rolls, President Barack Obama, the Justice Department and the administration are condoning and encouraging illegal voting and registration of non-U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants.

Thomas J. Nees, Tampa

We've been here before

Politics is often described as the art of compromise. We also learn at an early age that winning candidates should represent everyone's interests — not just their own political faction's.

When Gov. Rick Scott declares the debate over voter rolls is over — I assume he thinks he has won — he shows his obvious disdain for those who don't share his ideology. Taxpayers should not have to pay for Scott's unfortunate legal battle with the federal government so he can disenfranchise legitimate voters' rights.

The state of Florida did the same thing in the 2000 presidential election, removing many voters wrongfully, in an election decided by less than a thousand votes.

Chris Curley, Sun City Center

Support the governor

Why on earth would you come down on Gov. Rick Scott for trying to make sure our elections are fair? People who are noncitizens should not be able to vote — period.

Our vote is the only thing we have left to make us feel like we have some control, and here you are trying to make even that less important. Scott is doing the right thing for the legal citizens of Florida.

Carl Steelfox, Inverness

Robo-calls help city in snipe sign hunt June 10

Get rid of visual pollution

I read with interest the way Hollywood, Fla., has dealt with the scourge of snipe signs by making robo-calls to the numbers on the signs informing those responsible of fines.

The Tampa Bay area is littered with this visual pollution. It makes the area look like a garbage dump. Many of them are scams designed to part unsuspecting people from their money. The counties should investigate this idea to rid Tampa Bay of one of its worst forms of visual pollution.

Jerold Crawford, Tampa

Joy between the covers | June 12, commentary

Physical attraction

Is the physical book heading for extinction? I don't believe it is as easily as some think. Without physical books, how can you share them with friends, especially if they don't have the same e-reader? In an e-book, referring back to a specific part of the text is also harder, especially if you have no name for reference. Leafing through the actual pages or chapters is easier with a paper book.

But the most troublesome for me is what happens if you lose your reader, it gets stolen, you break it, or it crashes. Now all your books are gone. It's like a fire.

To me books are a part of my furniture. It's not the same atmosphere when the books are gone from the room.

Jim Demmy, Kenneth City

'Stand your ground'

Lessons for the young

Thank you for extensive, clear, well-researched reporting on the "stand your ground" law. In renewing my subscription, I added the $2 for schools. If students read these kinds of articles, their grasp of the value of fact-checking and a balanced view could well be enhanced.

Lynn Murray, Seminole

Counties cringe at buyer boon | June 10

Hole gets deeper

Who decided that recent homeowners already approved for mortgages at the lowest rates in recent history, and on discounted homes, should get further discounts at the expense of everyone else? Rep. Chris Dorworth, who is a self-serving real estate developer, of course.

Dorworth's answer for the budget shortfall to the counties is to raise the millage rate on the responsible homeowners who kept their upside-down homes through the housing crisis. Amendment 4 does not get us out of the hole; it makes it deeper.

Paul Miller, New Port Richey

We know crowds | June 10

Exemplary writing

Thanks to the Times staff writers for Sunday's edition of Floridian. I teach freshman English at St. Petersburg College, and I am always looking for ways to help students write with detail and description. I will certainly use these essays in my classes for the fall semester; in fact, they are far superior than some of the sample writings in our textbook.

Susan Zwieg, St. Petersburg


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18