Monday, April 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday's letters: Misleading voters on campaign

Outside funds pour in for Sink | Jan. 8

Misleading voters on campaign

Your article leads people to believe that Alex Sink is being foisted on Pinellas County by outside interests. A deeper analysis indicates that Sink, David Jolly and Kathleen Peters have raised virtually the same amount of money from within Pinellas.

Congressional candidates typically receive significant funding from outside of the district they are vying to represent. As the sole Democrat in the race, Sink is benefiting from the ability to draw in that money early in the campaign.

After the Republican primary, a qualified Republican candidate likely will receive the same level of support from the national GOP and possibly the benefit of Rep. Bill Young's legacy support, which certainly did not all come from within the district.

To make a funding comparison based on percentages rather than real dollars was misleading. I urge you to publish a followup article that presents all the facts.

Cindy Wilkinson McMullen, St. Petersburg

Army sergeant dies in Afghanistan | Jan. 6

Why bury the real news?

I find it deplorable that the news of this soldier's death was relegated to a small brief at the bottom of the page in the local section of the Times instead of being plastered all over the front page. Our young men and women are still dying in a war that most people have forgotten about.

News concerning the war and our military over there dealing with such horrors on a daily basis should be front and center in our newspapers to keep the public informed of what is going on. The media, including the Tampa Bay Times, need to be more responsible.

Vivian Billera, New Port Richey

Toward an AIDS-free future | Jan. 4

Fight needs global focus

I applaud your editorial calling for a renewed emphasis on the fight against HIV/AIDS. We have seen major progress in the United States since the virus was first reported more than 30 years ago. However, that progress cannot be mistaken for ultimate success, as there are still 50,000 new infections every year. The disease is still at epidemic levels.

Each day, 700 children are born HIV-positive, almost all of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. And of the 3.2 million children worldwide who are living with HIV, only 34 percent are receiving treatment. By comparison, in the United States, we have significantly reduced pediatric HIV, with fewer than 200 infections reported in 2012. The United States must be the model that other countries can follow to show that this epidemic can be conquered. But no single country can win this fight on its own.

The recent commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by the United States and other nations highlight the fact that an AIDS-free generation can be achieved only if we work on a global scale. We must all commit to zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths.

We can see the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic within this lifetime, but only if we join together and ensure that every person in every country around the world has access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention measures.

Charles Lyons, president and CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Washington, D.C.

'Wolf of Wall Street' sets a bleeping record Jan. 4

A waste of space

Three columns devoted to the f-bomb. What a splendid piece of journalism. Can we now expect your staff writers to rate movies on their "f-counts"? In this case, it's one less movie on which to waste my money.

Janet Sunderland, Spring Hill

Weed: Been there, done that | Jan. 5

Dodging the negatives

David Brooks made some good points in his op-ed about marijuana, but he overlooked a couple of problems.

First, once the government accepts marijuana as a medical treatment, it would soon have to be covered under Obamacare. We all know about the endless fraud and waste in government programs. So before long, healthy non-users will be paying for the fraudulent marijuana use of dopers. The doper gets the "high" and we non-users get the bill. That alone negates Brooks's phony comparison to alcohol.

The second problem Brooks missed has to do with the motivation behind legalizing weed. What if, hypothetically, one of the big pharmaceutical companies came up with a pill that had the same medicinal advantages of marijuana but with none of the side effects? In other words, without the buzz? Do you think the activists would stop pushing for the legalization of marijuana? Not for a minute.

The activists want the buzz and the money. Those who truly need the medicinal effects of marijuana would surely opt for the pill.

Sam Nall, Homosassa

St. Petersburg Pier reopens | Jan. 4

City spending too much

While I'm pleased to hear that the St. Petersburg Pier has reopened to foot traffic and to those who fish, I would like to know how it can possibly cost $1,000 per day to provide security, maintenance and utilities for a closed facility?

I mean, seriously, $30,000 per month to guard what? No wonder there's been no progress on the new Pier, or the police station, or the dozens of other city needs, when we are paying more than $350,000 per year to maintain an empty building.

C'mon Rick Kriseman, you can do better!

Gregory Premer, St. Pete Beach

Edward Snowden | Jan. 7

A boycott is in order

President Obama is correct in his decision not to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but we really need to go further.

The United States should not be sending one athlete, one television camera, or one dollar to Russia until Edward Snowden is returned to the United States to face trial.

We should take advantage of this opportunity while it is still available.

Kenneth Thompson, Pinellas Park


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 ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

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

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

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18