Sunday, April 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Going to school in the dark

Re: Sisters headed to school hit by car (tbt* March 19)

I saw the news about the terrible accident where two girls were hit by a car while crossing the street in the dark on the way to Middleton High School. When we had the time change and it was dark in the morning, my first thought was about the children who now have to go to school in the dark. We should cancel this time change because if we don't, this will happen again.

Please, someone tell me how we can do something to abolish this time change. If it's done to help adults have more time to go out after work, they can stay out late anyway. We should consider the children first.

Emily Mercado, Tampa

Tasteless photo

I am a regular reader of tbt*. It's a fast way to get the news and, fortunately, it's free. Thank you for that.

I have an issue with your publishing an ad with a photo of a woman's bare buttocks on a regular basis. That photo is demeaning to women and sexist. It's humiliating for me, as a woman, to view women portrayed as sex objects. The photo is tasteless and repugnant. Who wants to see her ass, and every day? It's plain offensive and inappropriate for this daily newspaper. Send it to Playboy. Don't sully your paper. Take it out. We don't need it. Stop it.

Foluke Obahnjoko, Tampa

Yellow power

Re: Red light cameras, a pox or a boon? (Sue Carlton column, tbt* March 19)

In Fairfax County, Va., in 2001, the state Department of Transportation found when it increased the length of the yellow light at one of the state's red light camera intersections from 4 seconds to 5.5 seconds due to the large number of accidents there, red light running dropped by about 90 percent.

Funny thing about slippery red light camera advocates, including those who masquerade as serious reporters — they never want to talk about the yellow lights. I wonder why. Let's face it: Contrary to myth, red light camera advocate$ enjoy having "red light runner$" to punish. And the more the merrier. Real traffic safety be damned.

Just curious. If the mindless dimwits operating both the lights and the cameras — at the behest of their political paymasters of course — should injure or worse yet kill someone with their inherently dangerous traffic ticket scheme, who do you suppose should pay?

Do keep in mind that, when it comes to red light cameras, there is big money in them thar yellow light hills, and red light cam hustlers know it. Sadly for unsuspecting citizens, there is usually a trail of mayhem, carnage and tears as well.

Money, money, money.

Gene Quinn, Vienna, Va.

Don't blame DCF

Re: DCF's family policy leaves kids in peril (tbt* March 17)

The story about children falling through the cracks is heartbreaking. It seems like it's getting worse. But can we agree it's totally unrealistic to keep blaming the Florida Department of Children & Families for the fact that parents can't refrain from such extreme violence, when handling their children?

DCF is obviously overwhelmed, these parents seem to reproduce exponentially, and it defies logic to think a government entity can, or should have to, contain the situation. It's just not going to happen. I don't propose to have an answer, but one thing is certain: It's not the fault of DCF.

Alex White, Tampa

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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

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18