Monday, March 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Making a mountain out of voter fraud anthill

Reforms protect voters | Sept. 11, commentary

Claim of savings isn't credible

No rational person takes an "unprecedented step" to stop something that is statistically minuscule. State Rep. Dennis Baxley provides no numbers to support his position because the mountain of voter fraud is really less than an anthill.

There is no credibility to his claim the law will "ensure supervisors of elections have ample time to prepare for elections … while maximizing tax dollars." The result was the supervisors of elections were directed to squander countless man hours on purges instead of actually preparing for the election. How many election cycles of "streamlined" (i.e., reduced) early-voting hours will it take to recoup the money spent on court time, outside attorneys' fees and purge man hours? How does the cost of suing the State Department to access a database not designed for that purpose turn into "maximizing tax dollars"?

There is already a mechanism to protect against voter fraud: It is the sworn or affirmed statement of the applicant that he or she meets the requirements to register to vote under penalty of a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison. In our nation's court system, any individual's sworn testimony is accepted as true until discredited. How can Baxley claim to protect those he would attack?

Jerry Godding, Tarpon Springs

Reforms protect voters | Sept. 11, commentary

Moves aimed at Democrats

The bill Rep. Dennis Baxley says will stop voter fraud is a solution looking for a problem. In the last three presidential elections, there were 351,916,664 votes cast for the two major parties. There were 86 people convicted of voter fraud nationwide.

In Florida, during the 2008 elections, there were 28 shark attacks and 16 voter fraud cases. Of those 16 cases, I do not know how many were actually convicted.

The truth to the alleged voter fraud legislation being pushed by Republican legislatures in 32 states was announced when Pennsylvania state Rep. Mike Turzai made it clear that the voter ID law in Pennsylvania assured that the state would go to Mitt Romney.

These laws are designed to purge American citizens who normally vote for Democrats from voting. To call it anything else, especially in the name of freedom, is a lie.

Eric Arens, Tampa

Remember his past | Sept. 11, letter

Sideshow, not trauma

A letter writer writes of "the national trauma that (former President Bill) Clinton put the country through" because of his dalliance with an intern in the Oval Office. National trauma? Seriously?

National trauma is watching thousands of young men and women get killed and maimed in two useless wars. National trauma is the bankruptcy those wars have cost this nation. National trauma is caused by the millions of unemployed. National trauma is watching countless good people being thrown out of their own homes. National trauma is not having health insurance when you have cancer.

At the worst, Clinton's indiscretion was great fodder for the talk shows and meetings around the water cooler.

David Bailes, Safety Harbor

U.S., Israel in spat over Iran policy | Sept. 12

Foreign influence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stark and ill-advised attack on the Obama administration for not setting a "red line" with Iran regarding its development of nuclear weapons. It is possible he is attempting to influence the U.S. presidential election by indirectly supporting Mitt Romney, who promises a very tough line with Iran. Foreign meddling into U.S. presidential elections should be recognized for what it is and repudiated.

That said, Americans should think very hard about authorizing or condoning Israel to attack Iran. We should be absolutely clear on what the capabilities of Iran are and what their intentions are prior to going to war. Without that understanding, the possibility of making a historic and long-lasting blunder are very high.

Michael S. Greenberg, Clearwater

Tact vs. bluster in foreign policy | Sept. 9, editorial

Clear message required

President Barack Obama's "tact" has convinced the Iranians that he is not really serious about preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability. Perhaps a little more "bluster" backed by a believable threat of force would convince Iran that it needs to halt a process that will inevitably lead to another Mideast war. Obama would do well to visit Israel and make this message clear.

Lionel Levinson, St. Petersburg

Big yes on Levy nuke plant | Sept. 11

Runaway charges

I am one of those senior citizens who will pay for the Levy County nuclear plant but will likely be 6 feet under and have paid thousands of dollars before it is completed. That sounds like taxation without representation.

I thought Tallahassee was represented by the party that despised taxation? Evidently not. I was under the impression that they were working for the people of Florida. Shame on our representatives for letting this happen. Break up the monopolies and give us choices.

Ed Russell, Clearwater

Charlie and Barack: a not so odd couple Sept. 11, Daniel Ruth column

Right to change mind

Why the big fuss about Charlie Crist leaving the Republican Party and becoming an independent?

He is a man who speaks and does what he feels is best for the people, not what a group of people tell him what to do because he was a member of a party.

We all have the right to change our minds about things. I have never missed a vote and was born and raised by a Republican Party family, as was my husband. Many times he has told me his father would roll over in his grave at the course taken by the Republican Party today.

Gertrude McWilliams, Valrico

9/11 anniversary

Fruits of hatred

The History Channel provided excellent coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. There were many amateur film clips, some never seen before, of the terrible suffering of innocent people.

Those young suicidal Muslim men had everything to live for. Nobody is born a terrorist. These men were created by the hatred that exists in Islam toward everyone who is different.

You only have to look at the news and see the violence throughout the world every day.

John Zito, Dover


Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Updated: 2 hours ago

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