Thursday, May 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: On abuse, fighting the denial and silence

Sanduskys of world enabled by silence | June 26, John Romano column

Fighting the denial and silence

My hat is off to John Romano for having the courage to write a column putting the light on what makes predators continue to perform their horrible acts on vulnerable and innocent children.

Turning away or ignoring something as horrific as child abuse, whether sexual or physical, is a crime of conscience, and we as a society should do all that we can to protect our children. Yes, it's not always easy, and yes, it might be uncomfortable. But let's just think what denial and avoidance create: a world with too many damaged young people who will forever bear the scars of the abuse.

So thank you, Mr. Romano, for bringing up the uncomfortable subject of denial and silence. You have my respect and admiration.

Irene Prosser, Tarpon Springs

Fla. has pledged $155M for jobs | June 23

Job-producing incentives

Thanks for this enlightening article. In the Tampa Bay area, Florida has pledged $26.4 million in incentives to businesses to bring in 5,316 jobs. These incentives kick in as the targeted jobs are provided, and the annual wages for these jobs equate to over $278 million — dollars that will be input into the Tampa Bay community. As well, additional tax revenues will be produced by these profitable, job-producing companies.

We are blessed to have an executive branch leader in our state who knows and understands the American business system. It sure looks like "trickle down" economics really is a win-win for all involved.

Jerry Milby, Brooksville

Supreme Court

Money in control

If you are working class or poor you would be wise to take notice of the Supreme Court decisions equating free speech with money. In the Citizens United decision, the court made it possible for rich individuals, corporations and labor unions to spend unlimited money on political speech.

Republicans would have us believe that the political speech (money) of the rich would be balanced by the political speech (money) of the labor unions that represent working class interests. But last week's decision striking down a Montana law that shielded that state from outside money influencing state elections means that states cannot pass laws to limit the deluge of money from super PACs. Another case, Knox vs. Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, limits the ability of labor unions to raise and spend money on politics.

If you're not rich, the political deck is egregiously stacked against you and your ability to influence government as a citizen. With the big money backing Republicans and the Supreme Court putting in the fix, we can look forward to year after year of local, state and federal government dominated by Republicans that represent the interests of the richest 1 percent over the interests of the 99 percent who work and struggle to make ends meet.

Michael Varon, Tampa

Robber barons are back

The Supreme Court did it again. One hundred years ago, Montana passed a law specifically outlawing corporate campaign contributions. It was enacted as a direct response to the state's copper mining barons literally buying election results through payments to favored candidates. This newest ruling, done without the courtesy of granting a hearing to one of the states of this union, confirmed the court's position that corporations and people are equal under the Constitution.

Monday, the angry governor of Montana had the perfect response to the absurdity of that concept when he said: "I will believe corporations are people when they go to war and lose their lives."

The robber barons of the past are back, but now their actions are cloaked in righteousness thanks to this "apolitical" court.

Arthur Eggers, Tampa

Voter purge list kept secret | June 26

Make your vote count

In an earlier opinion piece and again in this article, Secretary of State Ken Detzner says, "All is takes is one ineligible voter to neutralize the vote of an eligible voter." To which I say: Half of eligible voters neutralize their own vote by failing to vote at all.

So don't leave it to the secretary of state and county supervisors of elections. Your action is much more effective: Register and vote.

Barbara Fisher, Clearwater

President stalls reform | June 26, commentary

Information, please

Al Cardenas congratulates Mitt Romney for having a policy position on immigration reform. I wish he would have elaborated on what specifically Romney supports.

Since day one of the Obama administration, the Republican Party has stonewalled everything that they possibly can. Remember the 60-vote requirement to even consider anything in the Senate.

I agree that immigration reform should be a top priority, but it will never be achieved with the Republican Party refusing to compromise on any issue. In my opinion it is Cardenas and the Republicans who are stalling reform.

Kerry Williams, Hernando

Obama took action

President Barack Obama took the bull by the horns on immigration reform and did the right thing by issuing an order to stop the deportation of children who were brought here illegally through no fault of their own and who have worked hard and lived by the rules.

Al Cardenas thinks the president should have "reached out" to Sen. Marco Rubio. That really is laughable; Rubio has been "going" to introduce a bill addressing immigration for months. Has he worked with the president? He is too busy appeasing the extreme right wing so he can get on the presidential ticket in November.

Bobbi Bottone, Treasure Island

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Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18