Sunday, November 19, 2017
Letters To The Editor

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

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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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Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

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Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17