Thursday, April 26, 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


Friday’s letters: Why just single-member districts are a bad idea for Hillsborough

Murman’s bad idea on districts | April 20, editorialSingle-member districts’ flawYour editorial opposing single-member districts in Hillsborough County is totally correct. I have served as Miami-Dade county manager twice. The first time (1976-198...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/26/18

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...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

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