Sunday, March 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Legislative sheep all rush into line

Health care split opens | March 5

Legislative sheep all rush into line

Clearly, GOP members of the Florida House have received their marching orders from Grover Norquist and the tea party regarding Medicaid expansion. They must oppose any program that might be construed to represent a revenue increase or in any way supports the Affordable Care Act or risk losing funding and support in the next election.

Never mind that the Medicaid expansion is fiscally responsible, will benefit thousands of uninsured Floridians, will take pressure off cash-strapped hospitals that provide millions in unreimbursed emergency care, and is the morally right thing to do. When Norquist threatens, the sheep all rush into line.

In case this opinion seems exaggerated, ask citizens of central Indiana who were not allowed to vote on badly needed light rail and mass transit after Norquist threatened Republican members of the legislature with loss of funding and support should they dare vote to allow the issue to get on the ballot.

Beth Hernly, St. Petersburg

To get to economic truth, delete ideology March 4, commentary

Needed investment

This piece would serve well as required reading for today's brand of conservative. The article was clear, concise and factual. The authors state that investment by government is necessary in order to avoid recessions if the private sector and/or business are cutting back. The key word is investment.

An individual goes into debt in order to build a house (or start a business, or go to school) with the expectation of a return over a long period of time. The construction of the home employs builders. The house needs furnishings. It needs to be maintained. That house puts money in the pocket of the cabinetmaker who installs the fixtures, who in turn buys that truck that he's needed in order to be more efficient. And so on. If the home buyer doesn't invest (take on debt), none of those people who have anything to do with building or maintaining that house can go forward with their own investments. The economy stalls. People hunker down even more.

So now the Republicans in Congress vote as a bloc that they refuse to invest in the country's future and have no problem in actually going in the opposite direction. They do this because closing tax loopholes would increase revenues, which is unacceptable, even though this was one of their own campaign promises only a few months ago.

Thomas Maciocha, Tampa

An irresponsible move on Medicaid March 5, editorial

Contempt for voters

State Reps. Will Weatherford and Richard Corcoran did not even wait for the legislative session to begin before displaying their contempt for the ordinary working people of Florida.

Despite having the federal government totally fund the expansion of Medicaid for the next three years in our state, these Republican legislators have already voted not to accept such monies, which would be employed for the greater good of the Florida community.

Just why do the people of Florida vote for such candidates who certainly do not have the interests of the voters at heart?

John Starkey, St. Petersburg

Medicaid helped speaker's family | March 6

Two-faced politics

Like many Republican leaders, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford speaks out of both sides of his mouth. He is against Medicaid for more than 1 million Floridans, but it is okay if Medicaid helped his own family. The people of Florida should check his voting record — they would find that he has voted against the middle class on issues like license fees, taking money from teachers' pay, etc.

I notice he was invited to the Conservative Political Action Committee meeting. He should fit right in with sore losers like Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and the many more who haven't gotten over the last election.

Glen Copeland, Wesley Chapel

Buried for all time | March 5

Proper burial

I was saddened that the body of Jeffrey Bush was not recovered. What has our society become that we can put a man on the moon, send drones halfway around the world digging out terrorists, dig for oil at deep depths on land and at sea — but not recover Bush's body so that he may have a proper burial?

The county and the state of Florida owe the Bush family an apology. They must be devastated by the failure to recover their loved one. May God help our culture and our country.

Ann Price, Tampa

Compounding a tragedy

This is a terrible tragedy that befell this man and his family. They are mourning, questioning if they did all they could, asking why this happened and why to them. And then the Times blazes a big headline on the front page, "Buried for all time."

I realize the bay area looks to you for the news, but how about tempering that with a little compassion, empathy, or just common sense? There is no need to add to the pain.

Laurel Harmon, St. Petersburg

In a first, baby with HIV said to be cured March 4

Research dollars pay results

I am both baffled and astounded by science. The vast universe holds so much that is unobservable, but this week within our observable spot on Earth, we were greeted with the news that a baby had been cured of an HIV infection. This announcement is something that I never thought that I would read about in my lifetime.

So much has been accomplished in the area of infectious diseases such as AIDS, TB and malaria that the momentum of these efforts should spiral forward.

The Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria is currently the subject of federal budget appropriations in Congress for fiscal year 2014. This agency is the vehicle to deliver what science has provided. For the health of humanity across the globe, our U.S. legislators need to adequately fund the Global Fund, and thus become part of history in making these infectious illnesses a footnote in history.

Barbara Drake, Tampa


Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18