Sunday, June 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Now that's a racist agenda

Talk alone will not heal racial divisions | July 24, column

Now that's a racist agenda

Clinton adviser H. Roy Kaplan repeated a line I've heard in boast by black and Latino activists — that in 30 years whites will become the minority. Sickeningly, Kaplan asks if white people are "afraid of retribution and retaliation for their behavior and indifference" regarding treatment of minorities. Let me ask this: Are minorities, gleefully on track to surpass white people as the majority in this country, afraid that white people will stop funding the madness of giving people already on the dole a raise in pay for every new mouth they can't feed?

I remain amazed that any taxpayer votes Democrat. Perhaps if Hillary Clinton wins, Kaplan will be back at the White House hiding his own racist agenda behind a campaign of accusing others of it.

Dwayne Keith, Valrico

Liberty and justice for all

We'll never see an end to racial prejudice as long as encouraging it provides economic benefits. A divided labor force is easier to underpay and otherwise disrespect, and focusing our attention on racial difficulties effectively distracts from policies of grave economic inequality.

Similarly, fostering fear to encourage gun ownership enriches the gun industry (much of which isn't even American), and sexualizing our advertising to the point of obsession exploits a strong basic instinct, to distract from political and economic dysfunction.

We're left with too few people who realize that liberty has to be balanced with justice; in fact one could argue that without true justice, no one's liberty is safe.

This is an unofficial policy that dates all the way back to the old Roman "bread and circuses." Keep the populace entertained, or fearful, or otherwise emotionally overwhelmed, and they won't notice that their society depends on slavery (or wage slavery), militarism (enriching few and causing untold misery for most) and classism, another way of fostering separatism.

Eileen O'Sullivan, St. Petersburg

Snowden not cleared to depart airport July 25

Dostoyevsky's influence

After learning that Edward Snowden was recently furnished a copy of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, for his reading pleasure, we are now be in a position to safely predict that soon Snowden will abandon his quest for asylum in Russia and voluntarily return to the United States. If the boredom of living in an airport international transit zone doesn't prompt his surrender, the reading of Dostoyevsky's dark novel surely will. Like the main character in the novel, Snowden has failed to acknowledge the gravity of his crime and is running from responsibility for his acts. However, ultimately, social pressure and a feeling of guilt combined with a recognition of the hopelessness of his position will prompt his return home. He is truly "The Man Without a Country."

John Henninger, Clearwater

Heeding convention's call | July 20, photo

Preaching belongs in pulpit

The copy under the large photo that was run on the front page of the Local section was really inappropriate. It's no problem that you recognized a large religious gathering in Tampa. It is a problem in that the description of the event underneath the photo read as though it was taken straight out of a Jehovah's Witness program brochure.

The copy stated that "the convention will examine why we can trust that the Bible is God's word and what it declares is the truth," and further that the event emphasizes "how God's word of truth can benefit individuals and families." If I want to be preached to, I don't turn to the Times for that experience. Is there no editing done there anymore?

Scott Conrad, St. Petersburg

Protesters: We'll stay till we win | July 24

Stop glamorizing them

It was reported that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has spent about $37,000 in overtime pay for police officers so far and that these "Dream Defenders" aren't going anywhere soon. Truth is, these headstrong idealists will simply drift away if newspapers like yours would stop glamorizing them.

Glenn Michael Rognstad, Ruskin

Siren sounds for Mermaid Marcy's last lap July 24

Underpaid mermaids

My daughter worked as a mermaid for years. When the state took over, they were promised raises and benefits. Never were any of the promises kept. She never got near the $10 per hour you mention in the article, and Mermaid Marcy was the boss and seldom entered the water, as should befit a supervisor.

If you are sick because of spending so many hours in cold water, you are on your own. My daughter now has a much better job with benefits and a livable salary.

I wish the mermaids the best as they do a tough job for far less than they deserve.

James Hayes, Port Richey

Owner: Rays, city talk | July 24

Note to Sternberg

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg constantly cites low attendance in spite of improved wins and says a move would help. Has Sternberg stopped to wonder if residents aren't supporting a team that is owned by a group of millionaires who want taxpayers to foot the bill for their breaking of a legal contract? Not to mention, why would we wish to financially support a business that says it doesn't wish to stay in our fair city?

Kim MacKellar, South Pasadena

Nipping at the heels of wing-eating champ July 24

United states of gluttony

Only in America do we create belly-busting icons like Joey Chestnut and his nemesis Miki Sudo who seek 15 minutes of fame by scarfing down more food than anyone else in town. This over-the-top competitive pig-out in a country suffering under the appalling weight of obesity certainly gives cause for citizens of other nations to view Americans as grossly overweight and overindulged.

I suppose that, unlike the Romans of old, feeding massive amounts of Hooters wings and Nathan's hot dogs to hard-core competitors with a food fetish beats the hell out of feeding Christians to the lions.

H.A. Smith, Palm Harbor


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: 06/15/18

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

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Tuesday’s letters: Fewer guns would reduce suicides

U.S. under suicide watch | June 8Fewer guns mean fewer suicidesIt is a fact that deserves more attention, but got only one sentence in the article about the U.S. "suicide watch:" "The most common method used across all groups was firearms." I spe...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for June 15

New group to address real women’s issuesLast Saturday our Congressman Gus Bilirakis sponsored a "Woman’s Summit" at East Lake High School that was supposed to deal with women’s issues. Some topics covered were gardening, weight loss and quilting.Mayb...
Published: 06/11/18

Monday’s letters: Bring back the ferry, kick-start transit

Cross bay, but who’ll pay? | June 8Ferry could be a gateway to transitIt’s great news that St. Petersburg is committed to bringing back the world class cross bay ferry service. What a common-sense and practical thing to do in order to ease us int...
Published: 06/08/18
Updated: 06/11/18