Monday, June 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Feeding cats key to capture and release efforts

Real killer is the way some of us own cats Oct. 29, Dan DeWitt column

Feeding key to program

The author suggests stronger anti-abandonment laws. I agree. The remaining content of the column is rubbish. The author shows a total lack of understanding with regard to the capture, neuter, inoculate, release and feed (CNIRF) program.

Under capture, neuter and release, the cat population is reduced over time by stopping the breeding process. The cats, as well as most domestic cats, are inoculated for rabies. Birds, which routinely drink, bathe and defecate in the same birdbath, are much more likely to spread disease.

The column refers to a study where cameras were mounted on 60 cats with the cats activities monitored. Results estimated an implausible 14.7 billion bird and mammal kills each year. Since domestic and feral cats have been around for centuries, how is it possible there are any birds or small mammals left? Having had cats for 60 years and observing feral cats for seven, I have observed that cats aren't that efficient at catching birds. Rather, birds fall prey to other predators such as hawks, falcons, owls, eagles, and roadrunners. The author did not call for their capture and euthanasia.

A key element of capture, neuter and release program is the obligation of the caretaker to feed the feral cats. A well- fed cat is less likely to hunt for food.

Dennis Durost, St. George, Utah

Reasonable votes Oct. 27, letter

Don't blame debt on Obamacare

I might agree with the letter writer that U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent's vote would be reasonable if the Obamacare was the only cause of our budget imbalance. However, that is not the case.

Did we forget about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Quite frankly it is more to the government's credit to go into debt for the benefit of a good portion of its citizens, than to go after a dictator under false assumptions.

It is the misconception that the Affordable Care Act is the cause of our budget woes, which makes Nugent's vote unreasonable. If our members of Congress cannot come up with a few other places to cut the budget, I'm sure I could.

Terri Kraus, Spring Hill

Natural gas bill puts U.S. first

I would like to thank state Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, for CS/CS/HB 579, a bill that gives businesses in Florida a five-year tax break if they convert to natural gas. The bill becomes effective Jan. 1.

Natural gas sells for about $1.50 less a gallon than diesel which is typically used in trucks and school buses. FedEx plans to shift 30 percent of its long distance vehicles to natural gas over the next decade. United Parcel Service, Lowe's, and Proctor & Gamble are on the same track. Waste Management here in Florida has been a leader buying new trucks and retrofitting engines to run on natural gas. The Leon County School District switched its buses to natural gas in 2012.

Our elected officials from Washington to the local level should be on board. The U.S. Postal Service plans to raise the price of first class stamps by 3 cents to 49 cents, and it won't stop there. The largest fleet of commercial vehicles belongs to the United States Postal Service. Having its vehicles switch would be great for everyone in America.

The U.S. has enough natural gas for the next 200 years. Construction jobs would flourish putting in the pipelines and building new filling stations and new job opportunities would open up to retrofit the engines and maintain these new engines.

This natural gas is an American product. It should be a priority to have these engines "made in America." The only member of Congress I heard speak positively on this matter is U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland. I urge the public to contact Rep. Ross and county and city officials. Put America first.

Bill Bunting, Bayonet Point


Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Tuesday’s letters: Fewer guns would reduce suicides

U.S. under suicide watch | June 8Fewer guns mean fewer suicidesIt is a fact that deserves more attention, but got only one sentence in the article about the U.S. "suicide watch:" "The most common method used across all groups was firearms." I spe...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for June 15

New group to address real women’s issuesLast Saturday our Congressman Gus Bilirakis sponsored a "Woman’s Summit" at East Lake High School that was supposed to deal with women’s issues. Some topics covered were gardening, weight loss and quilting.Mayb...
Published: 06/11/18

Monday’s letters: Bring back the ferry, kick-start transit

Cross bay, but who’ll pay? | June 8Ferry could be a gateway to transitIt’s great news that St. Petersburg is committed to bringing back the world class cross bay ferry service. What a common-sense and practical thing to do in order to ease us int...
Published: 06/08/18
Updated: 06/11/18