Friday, April 27, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Treat all religious groups alike

Pointless pledge on guest speakers | Aug. 1, editorial

Treat all religious groups alike

I believe your editorial missed the point of the activists. I will not take the time to reiterate what CAIR is about, but rather point out what everyone seems to miss.

If this were not a Muslim group but a member of the Southern Baptist Convention or the Catholic Church, the School Board would be up in arms trying to stop these people from speaking at our schools. It is this double standard that the activists are fighting. If a Christian wants to speak at a school or government function, they have to fight the made-up separation of church and state. The Muslim church should be held to the same standard.

However, the School Board (as well as everyone else) is so afraid of offending these people that they allow them to walk all over them. We should not discriminate against any faith — Muslim, Christian, Hindu or other — yet the School Board and the entire government discriminates against the Christian faith. If people are going to claim the separation of church and state, it must be upheld for all churches, not only the Christian ones. We are taught to be open to all faiths and beliefs, but we also must be fair to the beliefs of the majority of Americans.

Ian McConnell, Riverview

Perk of new health care law: rebate checks July 31

Rebate quickly erased

I was interested to read about rebates from health insurance companies because they failed to spend the appropriate amount on health care benefits. I received one of those rebates. Then two weeks later my premium was raised 25 percent.

The health care system is broken. As long as the health care lobby controls Congress, our only hope is to live long enough for Medicare. I cannot wait to be part of that "socialized medicine program."

Paula Davis, Dade City

Colorado killings

Focus on what we can fix

Could the media please give us a break with endless grisly accounts of the Aurora killings? I understand it was a tragedy, and our sympathies lie with the victims. But we also need to appreciate that 86 Americans are killed by firearms every day, and nearly 4,000 die prematurely by chronic diseases linked with consumption of animal products and lack of exercise.

Let's replace the hand-wringing over the Aurora tragedy with constructive personal steps to lessen the greater tragedies facing us every day.

Elizabeth Blanchard, Redington Shores

Campaign 2012

Stop the dirty politics

My wife and I are helping in a campaign for a local candidate. One major problem he is having is that people are removing his legally placed roadside campaign signs and often replacing them with signs of the opposing candidate. This is dirty politics, which we see all too often. Anyone witnessing the stealing of campaign signs should report it.

Steve Wilson, Safety Harbor

Product safety

Regulation overreach

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is suing manufacturer Maxfield & Oberton to stop selling Buckyballs, a magnetic desk toy, because 20 children have swallowed them in the past four years (with no deaths). By this logic we could ban cars based on the fact that in the United States during 2009, 1,314 children ages 14 years or younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 179,000 were injured.

Children put the wrong things in their mouths all the time. During our childhoods, what did we swallow?

The CPSC aims to shut down another small U.S. company and put more people out of work for a nonproblem. I suggest we shut down the Consumer Product Safety Commission so the rest of us can get back to work.

Charles Williams, Spring Hill

Republican National Convention

Not business-friendly

I run Skydive City in Zephyrhills. With the coming Republican convention, we and many other tourism businesses have been ramping up to seek customers from the estimated 50,000 visitors.

Skydive City, however, has just learned that it will be shut down from Aug. 27-30 due to flight restrictions imposed by the FAA and Department of Homeland Security. The 30-nautical-mile outer ring encompasses our airport and all parachute operations, including pretty much all other aviation activities.

This is ridiculous. The last time we were shut down for four days in a row was when the country was attacked on 9/11. Does the Republican convention really require this level of scrutiny? Is anyone listening to small businesses that are affected by such arbitrary rules?

David Hayes, Zephyrhills

City Council agonizes, settles on pier question | July 31

Vote should have come first

The suggestions by Steve Kornell and Karl Nurse for the Pier would be excellent on the ballot. They are: refurbish, go ahead with the Lens, select a new design, or do away with the Pier altogether. If this had been voted on in the beginning, it could have saved the taxpayers $1.5 million on something that now may never happen.

If the Pier is torn down and not rebuilt, then the $50 million can be used to build a new police station.

Bob Bartlett, St. Petersburg

Provide an attraction

I am unhappy with the Lens. Instead of a horizontal circle, why not a vertical circle in the form of a giant Ferris wheel? It could hold 10-12 people in each enclosed pod. Why not have barges docked along the pier that serve different cuisines, and an arcade that attracts all ages? If you want to change something, make it interesting to all.

Gloria Julius, St. Petersburg

Input means referendum

Daniel Ruth's column (Inverted pyramid, invertebrate leaders, July 31) states the "Lens design was a product of … voluminous community input." How? The only way to get communitywide input is through a vote.

No one I speak with is in favor of the new designs, and almost no one wants to lose the current Pier, which really is iconic for St. Petersburg. The trolleys are fun to ride to the Pier, the views are great, and the building looks good from any angle.

Would it really cost more to refurbish? We'll never really know.

Dan Chesnut, St. Petersburg


Friday’s letters: Why just single-member districts are a bad idea for Hillsborough

Murman’s bad idea on districts | April 20, editorialSingle-member districts’ flawYour editorial opposing single-member districts in Hillsborough County is totally correct. I have served as Miami-Dade county manager twice. The first time (1976-198...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/26/18

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18