Saturday, March 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday's letters: Give this transit plan the green light

It has been a good year | Aug 10, Robert Trigaux column

Give this plan the green light

Robert Trigaux is right: Woe to the Pinellas economy if this (Greenlight Pinellas) plan fails.

The Tampa Bay area is the only major U.S. metropolitan area without a coordinated transportation network. When industry seeks a new location, one of the key considerations is how workers will get to their jobs. PSTA in its current, underfunded state is unable to provide the frequent, high quality transportation needed to attract top notch employers. We need an adequate bus system to allow workers to get to work, students to get to school, and allow seniors, tourists, and others to get to shopping, the beach, and the airport.

Anyone who has been to other cities on business or vacation has ridden the quality bus and or rail systems those cities already have in place. Boston, Manhattan, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, etc., have systems in which cars are rarely needed. We cannot get to that level of sophisticated transportation overnight, but we need to take the first steps toward that goal. Mayor Bob Buckhorn in Tampa emphatically agrees, and he wants a Greenlight Pinellas-type referendum in Hillsborough County in 2016.

The naysayers all dwell on the costs of implementation of Greenlight Pinellas, but they refuse to see the costs of inaction. Simply put, without an integrated transportation network the Tampa Bay region will become an irrelevant economic backwater, relying primarily on tourism and retirees for revenues and growth. These industries, however, have low-paying wages, and ultimately, we will see continued economic stagnation in Pinellas. People making $10 per hour cannot buy houses or new cars. Without high caliber industry, our college educated students will go elsewhere after graduation in search of high paying jobs with better career opportunities. The result will be a downward economic spiral.

Mary Louise Ambrose, Belleair Bluffs

Knowing Charlie | Aug. 10

Thanks for nothing

It appears that one of the Times' most respected "political journalists" has now sunk to the level of a cheap gossip columnist. At a time when Floridians are suffering under Rick Scott's disastrous policies, no one needs to hear unfounded rumors about Charlie Crist's family or personal life. This is an election that will decide Florida's future, not an episode of the Real Housewives of St. Petersburg.

As a Florida voter, I'm not worried about these non-issues. I'm worried about how many students won't be able to go to college since Rick Scott cut Bright Futures scholarships in half. I'm worried about whether the natural beauty of our state will be here for future generations since Rick Scott put Big Sugar and other special interests over protecting the environment. I'm worried about my fellow Floridians who can't get health care because Rick Scott failed to expand Medicaid. Instead of insulting voters' intelligence with this ridiculous story, why don't Adam Smith and Michael Kruse write about those issues?

Charlie Tucker, Clearwater

More liberal propaganda

If anyone doubted that the Times was a liberal newspaper, trying to advance all liberal causes, the Sunday edition removed any doubt.

Your paper started out with a Charlie Christ "campaign" piece that consumed half the front page, followed by five full pages in the A section.

Then moving on to the "B" section, the Buzz finds fault with everything Republican and gives Charlie Crist "Winner of the Week." Then moving on to the Perspective section, we see Leonard Pitts writing a negative column on the Republican Party. But that's to be expected from Pitts.

This brings us to that "lovable" liberal Daniel Ruth, whose column castigated Gov. Scott's wife, Ann. Again, what were we to expect?

I know the Times' editors are all liberals, but for a major Tampa Bay newspaper, this is over the line.

Daniel Pennisi, Palm Harbor

Scott profile now needed

Interesting profile article on Charlie Crist. Now, how about a similar one on Rick Scott? That way you can't be accused of being in Scott's back pocket. Otherwise, how can your publication have any credibility?

Bonnie McLean, Pensacola

Church cancels service for gay man | Aug. 9

A shameful decision

One of the main reasons this incident is so appalling is that even in death Julion Evans got discriminated against.

Churches are supposed to be places of compassion and empathy, yet this particular pastor chose to deny them to a dead man because he was gay. In this day and age it seems almost outlandish that something like that could occur. And to add insult to injury, the pastor does not even have the courage to openly explain his decision. Was it not the current pope, Francis, who said: "If a person is gay and seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge?"

Patrick Bauer, Wesley Chapel

At least be consistent

I am imagining that the Rev. T.W. Jenkins, who canceled the funeral service for Julion Evans because he was gay, must have a very, very tiny congregation if he is consistent in his "biblically based" position on homosexuality. If one factored out all the women, who according to Leviticus 15:19 must be isolated as unclean for seven days when they experience their menstrual cycle, all those who have been or should be put to death for working on the Sabbath (Exodus 35:2), anyone who eats shellfish or pork (Leviticus 11:7-13), which are also "abominations" in precisely the same degree as homosexuality, and those that are or should be stoned for cursing (Leviticus 24:10-14), that would probably leave very few congregants listening to the good reverend preach.

Joseph J. Ferrandino, Land O'Lakes

Candidate flips on creationism | Aug. 9

Peluso's flip-flop

Ken Peluso makes a statement of favoring teaching creationism with evolution in public schools one day and flips to not being in favor of having creationism taught the next day and he wants to attribute it to being caught off guard and gave a "quick response without thinking"?

Did he fail to grasp the question when asked? Or is this "damage control" in realizing that making a "shoot from the hip" response has political consequences?

I am somewhat curious as to what other "quick responses without thinking" Peluso will make should he be elected to the Pinellas County School Board.

Patrick Kroeger, Palm Harbor


Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18

Wednesday’s letters:

February Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the school shooting in Parkland.My generation is fearful, angryI’m a high school senior. I, and people like me, have grown up in a culture of fear — fear of getting shot in our schools, where w...
Published: 03/06/18

Tuesday’s letters: Our government isn’t responsive to the people

Senate’s focus: safety | March 4American democracy is failingThe checks and balances that once kept our representative democracy from being overrun by the power elite and the extreme political factions they target and manipulate are failing. As t...
Published: 03/05/18