Monday, May 28, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Too early to write off candidates

Rich says she, not Crist, is 'true Democrat' | June 3

Too early to write off candidates

I wish the media and the Democratic Party would stop yapping about how Nan Rich has no name recognition and therefore would be a long shot to be governor of our state. Did anyone know who Rick Scott was prior to his investing $70 million of his own money and tirelessly campaigning for governor? He was not only an unknown but he didn't even have the support of his own party. It just goes to show how far working tirelessly to spread your cause and a fistful of dollars can go.

So I respectfully ask the media, the Florida Democratic Party and any other naysayers to stop ruling Rich or any other viable candidates out before the voters get a chance to know them.

Rich, while she may not have name recognition, is a lifelong Democrat who seems to have the grit and the fire to declare her wish to be governor of our state. That is something Charlie Crist hasn't been able to bring himself to do as of yet.

She should be allowed to speak at the June 15 annual Florida Democratic Party gathering and the media should report on her stance on issues, not on her "popularity."

The people of Florida deserve to have the opportunity to form their own opinions on a variety of candidates.

Diana Rao, Tampa

Red-light appeals move to new level | June 5

A matter of money

Municipalities are now scrambling to put together a process for red-light appeals, which can take several forms. The form does not matter to me. All I would be concerned with would be being judged guilty before appearing before the appeal officer.

There is a lot of money at stake now that municipalities are using red-light cameras as a revenue stream. Will the appeals process be looked at as a way to make even more revenue ($250 vs. $158)?

I have no sympathy for the driver who tears through an intersection long after the light has turned red, but to fine someone because the car tires were just short of some designated line is just another way of saying that the revenue drives the reason for the cameras, not safety.

Stephen Micklo, Clearwater

Scott travels state in new jet, still on his own dime | June 4

Savings for the taxpayers

It is disturbing to read how this article makes it sound like Gov. Rick Scott is almost committing a crime by flying around the state in his own jet at his own expense and, in addition, does not even draw a salary.

How refreshing to have a political leader who is not perfect, but who grew up in the "projects," had a parent who cared, made himself successful and now has the ability to work for Florida citizens for free and without travel expenses.

It is obvious that such stories shock Times writers who must have to force themselves to mention positive things about our current governor without making it sound degrading.

Richard Carey, St. Petersburg

Keeping his promises

Finally, here is a complimentary article about Gov. Rick Scott telling how much money he saves us taxpayers. When he ran for office, he said he'd sell the planes and not waste our money, and he did what he promised. Scott has made a few mistakes but has a fine record of accomplishments.

Ronald G. Payne, Safety Harbor

Learning to trust again | June 2

Beautifully done

I am writing to thank John Woodrow Cox and Melissa Lyttle for the essay and photograph "Learning to trust again."

You have taken my breath away. I am a friend and colleague of the subject of this article, Mrs. Marilyn Shamblin, and know her courage and compassion. In both the photograph and story, you have captured her essence truly and beautifully. Thank you.

Nanci Newton, Tampa

Gov. Scott vetoes immigrant driver license bill | June 4

Unjust punishment

Gov. Rick Scott vetoed HB 235, which would have allowed people brought to the United States illegally when they were children to qualify for temporary drivers' licenses. HB 235 whizzed through the Legislature with little debate and no controversy.

It would have let the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles accept as identification a person's approved application for "deferred action" by the Department of Homeland Security under the policy President Barack Obama announced in June 2012, allowing people brought to the United States illegally when they were children.

The Florida Democratic Party issued a statement saying Scott "imposed his rigid ideology" on possibly 100,000 innocent young people.

Brought into the United States as children of immigrants seeking a better life, they were probably not old enough to vote for Obama and their parents, if still undocumented, could not vote for him either. Why punish them for something they did not do?

Joe King, New Port Richey

Under fire, On Top of the World | June 2

Wonderful place to live

As an 18-year resident of On Top of the World, I do not agree with the negative tone of reader reactions to this article. OTOW is a wonderful place to live.

In the weekly crime report, our ZIP code is always among the lowest in crimes reported. Our buildings and grounds are always well maintained. Our prices are fair and we have never had a special assessment. I am proud to live here and have developed many lasting friendships with neighbors throughout the complex.

James Schelling, Clearwater

Health care bill of spite needs veto May 30, editorial

Undermining health care

I'm disgusted that the Legislature would draft a bill that specifically undermines the availability of affordable health care to Florida residents. It honestly feels like the Republican-led Legislature is at war with its own constituents. I hope someone acts to reverse this horrible legislation.

Anthony Roberts, Tampa


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

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...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

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