Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

It's up to Rays to suggest any change

Reticence on Rays leaves void | March 22 editorial

It's up to Rays to suggest change

This editorial makes the nonsensical assertion that the mayor of St. Petersburg would be showing "leadership" by amending the use agreement with the Rays (which requires the Rays to play at Tropicana Field through the 2027 season) and allow the ball club to study stadium sites outside St. Petersburg.

The editorial speculates that the Rays would be willing to pay for the privilege of looking at sites outside St. Pete and Pinellas. However, the Rays and their ownership have never proffered any such offer.

The position that Mayor Bill Foster and the City Council have taken with regard to the stadium issue is clearly not the position that the Tampa Bay Times prefers. However, the interests of the newspaper and those of the city and citizens are not always aligned.

I suspect that when the very able leaders of the Rays make a decision as to what makes sense for the ball club, they will unveil a proposal just as they did in 2008. At that point a substantive dialogue may begin.

Until the Rays propose a change to the existing agreement, residents of our region continue to have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best baseball anywhere!

Niel Allen, St. Petersburg

Reticence on Rays leaves void

Team needs a sugar daddy

I'm not so sure the Rays are looking for a "boyfriend" at this point. They need fans in seats. There is business interest all over the Tampa Bay region. There are fans and season ticket holders all over the Tampa Bay region. This isn't about being the bad guy. This is about being proactive. This is about wanting our Rays to succeed today instead of waiting for tomorrow. The Tampa Bay area needs a committee of local businesses to dangle something attractive in front of the Rays. In other words, they need a sugar daddy.

Vicki Entreken, Valrico

Consider water taxis

The Tampa Bay Times is absolutely correct in calling for some real action locally and regionally if we want to keep the Rays in Tampa Bay. It's time for Bill Foster and colleagues to get their heads out of the sand and realize that not only have the Rays been hinting that downtown Tampa is a desired location, Major League Baseball has joined the field. In case nobody has noticed, professional sports franchises have a lot of money and power, and they most always get what they want!

Foster's "secret plan" may have been centered on the Gateway area of Pinellas that may someday have improved mass transit options. As reported by the Times, that plan took a big hit when the large parcel of land there was sold to a beer distributor. Not only will the referendum to raise taxes to install a light rail line to Clearwater be a tough sell, it is highly doubtful that the Rays would wait that long for this to happen even if it passes.

It's about time Tampa Bay looked into the easiest and quickest way to get people across our bay. Most world cities with such an attribute have municipal water taxis. A similar service that runs from Channelside in Tampa to the Pier area of St. Pete would contribute greatly to keeping the Rays in Tampa Bay.

Rand Moorhead, director of Ride the Tide Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg

In fear of American Talibanism March 18 Robyn Blumner column

New low for Blumner

Another Sunday, another diatribe against either the Catholic Church, the GOP or American business from the former ACLU apparatchik Robyn Blumner. Today she compares conservatives who believe the government has no business mandating that insurance companies or religious institutions provide free sterilizations and contraceptive services with the Taliban. Such absurd and inflammatory comparisons constitute a new low for both Ms. Blumner and the Times. The Taliban are a particularly vile brand of religious fanatics who throw acid in the faces of little girls for attending school while they are not stoning adulterers or beheading Muslims who convert to a different religion. Left-leaning pundits like Blumner hurl epithets against their political opponents when they are not lecturing them about the need for civil discourse.

John Kriegsmann, Land O'Lakes

Intrusive Republicans

Robyn Blumner's column March 18 expressed my sentiments.

Every baby should be wanted and loved. Inexpensive and easy-to-obtain birth control is the best way to accomplish this.

It is interesting that the Republican Party does not want government in our lives, yet they want to come into our bedrooms and intimate moments.

She is also correct in that many people believe the political ads and vote against their self-interests. If they would take the time to research the truth it would be to their advantage.

Sybil Rosen, St. Petersburg

Bush endorses Romney | March 22

Sweet compromise

Constant trading of harsh criticism, accusations of philosophical infidelity and deliberate misrepresentations — all resulting in a frustrating lack of consensus — then seemingly out of the blue, just as the point of "enough is enough" is reached, a clarion call for reasonableness in the face of necessity!

Thank you, Jeb Bush, for being among the first in your party to recognize the value of compromise over intransigence. Will the GOP faithful listen or will they continue resisting common sense to become a sad extension of what our already-elected members of Congress personify?

Roger Crescentini, Tampa

Hardly flattering

So, Romney got the nod from the Bushes, did he? Doesn't he realize that for most Americans (80 percent according to the popularity polls), that is a reason to not vote for him!

After eight years of "W", the Bush name shouldn't help elect so much as a local dog catcher. If the people who brought us deregulation of the banks and Wall Street, handouts to Big Oil, faked reasons to go to war, and repudiation of the Geneva Conventions and condoning of torture think that Romney is a great guy, then that's a deal killer as far as I'm concerned.

Robert Reppy, Palm Harbor

Hurricane mitigation property tax break

Will of the people ignored

In November 2008, Florida voters approved constitutional Amendment 3, authorizing the Legislature to prohibit assessing improvements to residential property for items, such as storm shutters, that increase resistance to wind damage. The amendment required lawmakers to pass an implementing law. Once again this year, lawmakers did not pass the proposed bill (SB 156/HB 133). Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov supports this bill. The Legislature has ignored the will of the people. Perhaps there was too little time between the perks.

Doris Carroza, Clearwater

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Updated: 05/18/18