Thursday, April 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Cuban Club Bandshell is historic loss

Revamped venue ready for a Tropical Heatwave | May 9

Piece of Cuban heritage is gone

This story begins before the destruction of the Cuban Club Bandshell in Ybor City. Cuban Club Foundation board member Patrick Manteiga led a crusade before the Tampa City Council to annex an alleyway adjacent to the club's property. The alleyway annexation laid the groundwork for the eventual demolition of the Cuban Club Bandshell.

My Cuban ancestors arrived in Ybor City in 1913. El Circulo Cubano, on the National Register of Historic Places, was an integral part of their social lives and well-being. And for many of us in the Latino community, the entire grounds were part of that heritage. A piece of our Cuban heritage has now been destroyed for potential future profits.

When will we learn to preserve history and place value on things that cannot be replaced?

Patricia Garcia Streuber, Tampa

Tampa needs to tend to Sulphur Springs | editorial, May 9

A neighborhood ripe with potential

While applauding a proposed city of Tampa and Hillsborough Children's Board investment, your recent editorial slights grass roots neighborhood stakeholders and perpetuates a destructive Sulphur Springs stereotype, that it's a neighborhood of problems versus one of untold strengths. This neighborhood is a work in progress, far more than an urban dumping ground.

A current collaboration, "Neighborhood of Promise," more aptly describes the vision and outcomes representing over 10 years of resident-led work and investment by Sulphur Springs' stakeholders. This includes resident leaders Norma and Joseph Robinson, other residents, faith-based organizations, community activists Liz and David Kennedy, community partners including United Way Resource Center, YMCA, Layla's House, the Children's Board, Blue Foundation, Devereux Kids, Conn Foundation, Community Stepping Stones, PCAT Family Ministries, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, City Parks and Recreation, area banks including JP Morgan Chase, and more.

Any city of Tampa and Children's Board leadership campaign presentation to Sulphur Springs residents and stakeholders should recognize that they stand on the shoulders of these giants who recognized early on an unpolished gem of promise rather than a desolate wasteland.

Michael Doyle, Tampa


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 ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Focus on offender, not weapon

Use data to curb gun deaths | April 8, commentaryFocus on offenders, not weaponsThis article tiptoes around the issue: human violence. The authors point out that automobile manufactures were pressured by regulation and law to make automobile coll...
Published: 04/11/18