Monday, May 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Three strikes against balance

Opinion columns | Aug. 21

Three strikes against balance

I think your editorial staff is starting to get really nervous that their "guy" may not win the next presidential election. Putting Daniel Ruth, Maureen Dowd and Paul Krugman all on the opinion page on Aug. 21 is the epitome of negative campaigning.

Where is the commentary on all the wonderfully positive things their candidate has done in the last four years? It's absent because it doesn't exist. Slamming Paul Ryan is grasping for straws.

Where are the other opinions from the other side on your opinion page? You should put varying views on the page. Isn't that the goal of a unbiased paper? Ah, but the heat is on. Time to step up your campaign for your candidate.

Nancy Dalley, Clearwater

Tampa Bay Water

Money down the drain

Tampa Bay Water lost yet more taxpayer money in its latest loss in the court system. Judge James Whittemore rejected Tampa Bay Water's motion for a new trial, citing weaknesses in evidence against the engineering firm it had sued in court.

The board at Tampa Bay Water and specifically general manager Gerald Seeber should all step down or be removed from their positions. Seeber continues to waste taxpayer money by asking the appellate court to review the case. So far Seeber and the board have cost the taxpayers $30.6 million in legal fees on top of the judgment that the contractor did no wrong. This is typical of our local government.

Bill Alexander, Tampa

Church and capitalism don't mix Aug. 21, letter

Church rejected socialism

The writer's case against Paul Ryan does not stand up to scrutiny.

St. Thomas Aquinas lived in the 13th century. He had no idea what today's economic system would be.

Curiously, the writer also cites Pope Leo XIII's encyclical "Rerum Novarum," which is actually an endorsement of capitalism. Pope Leo affirmed the right of individuals to possess property, and he dismissed socialism. He said, "Hence, it is clear that the main tenet of socialism, community goods, must be utterly rejected."

There is nothing inherently exploitative in a capitalist system. That is why people flock to our shores from countries around the world. It is through the acquisition of wealth that one can practice Christian giving.

R.J. McDarby, Valrico

GOP pressures candidate to quit | Aug. 21

Ryan's connection

Everyone appears to be upset with congressman Todd Akin's comment about "legitimate" rape. Yet no one seems to notice that Rep. Paul Ryan and Akin co-sponsored the 2011 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that attempted to redefine "forcible" rape as the only legitimate form of rape with respect to federal funding for abortion. Although a version of this bill passed the House, the "forcible rape" language was eventually removed due to widespread public outcry. This idea of forcible rape is likely what Akin was talking about during his notorious interview.

This is not the only bill Akin and Ryan co-sponsored. They also co-sponsored the 2009 Sanctity of Human Life Act, a.k.a. the personhood bill, which would basically outlaw all abortion under any circumstances. Ryan may now be part of the Mitt Romney ticket, but that does not change his beliefs or the history of his voting in Congress.

Akin and Ryan are joined at the hip on their beliefs regarding women's health and choice issues.

Al Hunt, Tampa

Grant rejection leaves drug babies in a lurch Aug. 21

Sacrifice on ideology's altar

I am dumbfounded at the way our governor and Legislature play with people's lives to make a point. Lawmakers are "upset" because this year's $4.9 million Healthy Start grant is tied to Affordable Care Act funds. So they rejected it — that will show the federal government who is in charge here.

The result is 217 children in today's program, and future drug-addicted babies born in Pinellas County are left to fend for themselves. So these children, along with the newly unemployed staff, are asked to sacrifice their lives for "political ideology."

State Rep. Denise Grimsley says she doesn't want people to rely on the government to fix their problems. She wants people to take responsibility for themselves. These are newborn babies. They didn't ask for this life and neither they nor their drug-addicted parents can fix it alone. Society has a moral obligation to help these innocent children.

Becky Griffin, Indian Rocks Beach

Where will protesters sleep? | Aug. 20

Sleep at home

I have the solution for all the protesters looking for sleeping arrangements during the Republican National Convention: Sleep in your own beds in your own homes.

If you have something to say, and you have a right to do so, and you have solutions to the problems you are blaming on the Republicans, then organize your own convention at another time at your expense when accommodations are plentiful. Don't crash the RNC.

Be a constructive part of the solution, don't be the problem.

Alice R. Boose, Sun City Center

Republican National Convention

Ominous signs

Look what the "land of the free and the home of the brave" has evolved into. A photo of an armored officer on his armored mount looks like something out of Star Wars.

It is sad that for our elected officials to meet in our democracy, they need the protection of hundreds of such officers, deputies and troopers from all corners of the state to protect them. I believe we are reaping the fruits of years of our over-liberal society where individuals' rights trump the rights of the masses.

Soon hordes of the country's great unwashed will converge on our shores, most with no political agenda but to raise hell and possibly burn a car or two. To ensure them of their "rights," taxpayers will provide them with water, cooling areas, medical assistance if needed and places where they can rest or sleep if too tired or stoned to continue the blast.

Let us all pray for peace.

Bill Goggin, St.Petersburg


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

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

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9The right ideas, cash still neededThe administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of stude...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Saturday’s letters: Short-sighted prison cuts hurt society

Call to rethink prison cuts | May 10Short-sighted prison cuts hurt societyThe Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action wi...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/11/18