Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Train our young in child care

When will the cries of children be heard? | Nov. 10, John Romano column

Young need training in child care

I've also felt that child abuse statistics are "shockingly horrifying," as John Romano declares. Talk to the deputies who handle such cases and you will know that this is an epidemic, especially and ironically during the holidays. Good foster homes are overloaded. We give money to help such causes, but is any organization really able to prevent the next new baby's death before someone ever knows there was mistreatment?

A good approach to child abuse prevention is to make child care/child psychology mandatory in middle school, if not again in high school. It is too critical a dilemma to be ignored.

The ideal curriculum would be twofold, because the psychology aspect would address self-esteem and other personal issues among the students themselves. A light might come on about how they can change their outlook and behavior because of this newly acquired information. An occasional class may be hands-on with a teacher and child so the students gain some compassion — a quality that may have never developed in their own homes — toward someone so vulnerable.

Besides engaging the class in empathy situations, lessons would equip future parents with some knowledge of the problems that are normal yet can be frustrating. Not all of us had positive role models in how to handle and positively speak to a child.

This may not be a new idea, but I think it is very important and needed training, especially the way this country is going.

Amy Stowe, Riverview

Floridians financially 'nuked' | Nov. 25, letter

Germans' power bills

A letter writer claims "German electric bills are plummeting" due to renewable energy.

The German news magazine Spiegel Online on Sept. 4 reported: "This year German consumers will be forced to pay 20 billion euros ($26 billion) for electricity from solar, wind and biogas plants — electricity with a market price of just over 3 billion euros. … In the near future, an average three-person household will spend about 90 euros a month for electricity. That's about twice as much as in 2000."

That doesn't indicate "plummeting" electricity bills.

Robert Deskin, St. Petersburg

Was Zimmerman the thug all along? Nov. 25, commentary

Shining a light on violence

I was pleased to read a column in the Times that finally speaks to George Zimmerman's violent history. This has not been the case with the majority of the mainstream media.

I still do not understand why a 17-year-old victim's character has been talked about so frequently, yet we heard nothing about perpetrator Zimmerman's questionable past. Thank you for this column. It is the first I have read addressing this issue.

Ann Jamieson, Tarpon Springs

Immigration reform

Open a path to citizenship

The long, hard slog to citizenship that is being proposed as a solution to the problem of 11 million undocumented residents in our country appears to be facing an early demise in our Congress. Polls tell us that more than 60 percent of Americans favor this reform.

It defies logic to deny this pathway to so many people. The cry of amnesty rings strong among some members of the right.

Citizenship is America's golden prize. Our nation is a nation of immigrants. They joined the chorus of those who held this prize and together sang the songs of the masses who came to New York harbor so long ago. Is Lady Liberty standing there in vain? Perhaps her welcoming torch does not shine in the deserts of the Southwest.

Whether they come by boat or foot, we should gladly welcome them. Immigrants made America strong and prosperous. Congress needs to act.

Florence Laureira, Hudson

Holiday shopping

What shoppers want

I recently saw a political cartoon animatedly criticizing the opening of a store on Thursday for early Black Friday shopping.

Businesses and firms did not make this decision unilaterally. If consumers refused to begin their sales shopping Thanksgiving evening, these stores would remain closed. However, customers are constantly seeking better deals and lower prices. That is why these stores are opening earlier and earlier to offer Black Friday deals.

The only way to fight back against this shopping craze would be to encourage people to stay home and enjoy family gatherings and holiday traditions. The answer does not lie in lobbying state or federal legislators to outlaw commerce on Thanksgiving. That is preposterous.

However, one issue that does arise is the conundrum that employees encounter when having to decide between their job and spending Thanksgiving with family. Economically, those who value their work more than this family occasion, or who are compensated enough to offset the lost family time, should go to work.

Although if it were me, I would either quit or negotiate a temporary increase in pay, or offer a fellow employee an additional stipend to cover my shift.

Kyle Wayne, Clearwater

Big business calls the shots

There goes Thanksgiving, just another day of the year.

At one time we were a country. Americans. We worked hard upholding shared values to make a better life. Then along comes big business, destroying a culture we all enjoyed. We shared a common day off (Sunday) and six major holidays.

First went the Sundays and then gradually the holidays. Do you think big business felt bad forcing nonessential people to work? No, they didn't. The process led the general public to feel it was a win for all. Our political leaders could care less.

Big business has and will destroy any semblance of our past. They destroyed the middle class by moving our industries out. They have allowed the illegal entry of foreigners to take every remaining job.

Tom McGovern, Sun City Center


Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18