Friday, May 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: City Council candidate's photo backfires

A home now, and hope | May 23

Teenager's story inspiring to many

What a great article written by Elisabeth Parker. Thank you! It was such an inspirational story about a young homeless teen, La'Quita Carter. She is an amazing teen that has made good decisions and has remained focused in spite of the odds against her. With all the nasty politics and negative stories it was so refreshing to hear of this young woman and her determination, perseverance and achievements. I wish her the very best at St. Leo University and would hope for an update on her in the future. It would be wonderful if she could tell her story to other young people that are faced with odds stacked against them. She is an inspiration to us all!

Christine Weisser, Tampa

Candidate's photo has a familiar look | May 24

This candidate can't be trusted

"Hello Mayor Buckhorn, would you mind if I took a campaign photo in front of your desk which displays the city of Tampa logo?"

This is how simple it would have been for city council candidate Jackie Toledo when she allowed her image to be photoshopped over the mayor's existing one in his office.

Apparently, she relied on the old adage: "It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission."

As a voter in this upcoming election, it's not a good way to get my vote!

Mike Merino, Tampa

Merrill adds to his staff | May 22

Police worth more than officials

Mike Merrill says, "I don't mind paying a person well, as long as that person performs." He also says you get what you pay for. If he's right, then why does it only apply to county officials? How about police and fire, teachers, or state employees. When it comes to their raises and their benefits, they're not worthy?

My question to him: Who is worth $180,000, a deputy county administrator or a policeman or fire fighter who puts his or her life on the line to save yours?

Richard Gentile, Tampa


Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18